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Film Studies at Paul Robeson Library: Articles

Film Studies at Paul Robeson Library

Finding Articles

A list of indexes for Literature along with descriptions can be found at the Rutgers University Libraries Index Page.           


  • Film Review Index, Vol.1: 1882-1949; Vol.2: 1950-1985 (REF PN1995.F513 1986).
    • Features over 7,000 English language motion pictures; includes foreign films released and reviewed in this country. Arrangement is alphabetical by title of film, with information on the director, year of production, country where produced and a list of reviews of the film.
  • Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films 1st & 2nd series (REF PN1995.M3).
    • A survey of over 1200 movies, from the Jazz Singer to Kramer vs. Kramer. Each entry features a long extended essay with plot summary and critical examination of the contribution of the director, actors, cinematographers, etc.
  • Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971 (REF Z5784.M9B39).
  • Selected Film Criticism (REF PN1995.S426 1982).
    • Vol. 1 - 5 presents reprints of reviews of American films for the years 1896 to 1950. Vol. 6 - 7 includes reprints of reviews of foreign films for the years 1930 to 1960.
  • See also Scholarly Journals


  • New York Times Index
  • Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
  • FIAF International Film Archive Database
  • Film Literature Index, 1976-2001
  • Film & Television Literature Index

The scholarly indexes may give you citations to articles as your search result.  A citation is not the complete article but it gives you enough information to locate the article in our library system.   The best indexes to use
for film studies are:

  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Literature Resources Center (includes some full-text resources)
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • America:  History & Life
  • Art Index
  • Sociofile     

Subject Guide

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