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Film & Media


Omni includes content from the various research databases to which QUL subscribes but not everything is included.

If you are looking for information on a very specific topic, or a topic that is subject specific, it is recommended that you search databases that specialize in that subject area for more thorough results.

Key Jounal Indexes

American Film Institute Catalog
The AFI Catalog lists films, with plot summaries, filmographic information, and more ...
Indexes over 560 journals with more than 160 full-text journals, and 160 full-text books.
Has full-text runs scanned cover-to-cover in color of core U.S. and U.K. trade papers and magazines, such as Variety, Boxoffice, Broadcast, The Hollywood Reporter, and American Cinematographer to name a few. 
Film Literature Index
Storage-- Ask at Information Desk Z5784.M9.F45 1973-2004
Indexes scholarly, popular and trade film journals. Online counterpart: Film and Television Literature Index. For earlier scholarship, consult Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals.
Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971
REF Z5784 .M9 B39
Includes contents of fourteen film journals, plus the film reviews and articles from the Village Voice.

Other Relevant Databases

A multi-disciplinary database which provides indexing (with abstracts) to peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports.
Part of Web of Science Core Collection. Use "More Settings" to limit your search to Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
Indexes scholarly articles about film as well as critical reviews of films. 
British Humanities Index
AI3 .B86 from 1962-2009 (in Storage-- ask at the Information Desk)
Source of information, especially about British films, actors, directors and more....
CBCA Complete indexes 640 periodicals and daily news sources (over 480 of which are Canadian), plus indexing to an additional 1,100 other titles (over 95% Canadian).
Print holdings: 1920 - 1998: Check Omni
Information about Canadian films, actors, actresses, directors and other people in the film industry.
The Critical Index: A Bibliography of Articles on Film in English, 1946-1973
REF Z5784 .M9 .G47
Indexes articles from over 20 American, British, and Canadian journals on directors, producers, actors, critics, screenwriters, cinematographers, specific films and the history of the film industry.

New York Times

Current newspapers held until microfilm received
1851-   Microfilm AN2 .N5 N48
1980-   Factiva

Why Use an Index?

Use an article index to find journal articles on your topic, as well as film criticism and other materials related to film and media studies.

Some will contain the full text of journals and those that don't usually provide links to the full text if it is available via other databases in our collection.

Evaluate Articles

Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

But not all journal articles will be useful for your essay so you will need to evaluate before you use them. 

Consult our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly from Non Scholarly Periodicals, to discover the difference.