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Academic Journal articles – short pieces of scholarly writing on specialized topics written and “juried” by scholars in their fields.

Proquest database has the biggest cross section of film and cinema studies journals available in our library.

Proquest is a paid subscription of the library that you must enter through Evergreen's library catalog page. Off campus, it requests a username - your full name - and a password - your A student egistration number - as both appear on your student ID. [This is your username and password for all of the library's paid database subscriptions.]

Evergreen subscribes to dozens of online databases in addition to Proquest that cover and support the range of the liberal arts taught at the college. All are to be entered through the catalog page.


Academic Books – longer, integrated pieces of writing on broader topics also by scholars in their fields. Don't forget about books, especially for films made before 1980.

When looking for a specific topic, begin with a keyword or title search at the Evergreen library catalog page. try Summit .

When still trying to decide on a topic, browse the stacks between PN1993 and PN1999 in reference, periodicals, and the mainstacks. Evergreen has a great collection of film periodicals in paper.


CD Rom Databases – collections of information gathered and juried by scholars or trade experts in specific fields.

Our library has the 2002 and 2003 editions of the FIAF Treasures from the Film Archives database on CD Rom. They're a little hard to figure out at first, but by far the most comprehensive and reliable source available for bibliographic information on obscure and popular films around the world. In the reference section – PN1995.75 .T74


News Sources – newspapers and magazines written by reporters with content subject to editorial control but not academic vetting.

We subscribe to numerous newspapers and magazines through the online databases, including Proquest.

We have the New York Times on microfilm and CD Rom back to 1857. We have the New York Times Film Review Index for 1913 to 1968 in reference. We have plenty of other old newspapers in these formats too. To look for those, do a Journal Title search on the front page of the library catalog.


Websites – collections of information published on the web that may or may not be reliable. Institutional websites are usually reliable, but not always, so always beware.

Here are some that are reliable for film studies:

World Cat is an online index containing catalog information of thousands of cooperating libraries around the world. Bibliographic information on pretty much everything ever published is available here.

World Cat is also a paid subscription of the library that you have to enter through the Evergreen library catalog page. Off campus, it requests a username - your full name as it appears on your registration - and a password - your A student egistration number. [This is your username and password for all of Evergreen's paid database subscriptions.]

Library of Congress -- -- and their Motion Picture page -- -- both are places where bibliographic information about this library's vast collection of films can be found.

Internet Movie Database – -- a commercial site with lots of information, mostly about features, but with some indies and shorts included.







Primary Sources - the records and artifacts of an event that were produced and gathered by people who witnessed or heard of the event at the time.

In film studies, Citizen Kane could be a primary source for many projects -- Orson Welles' career, Hollywood in the 1940s, movies about newspaper men, or the RKO studio. The original scripts, financial records, posters, stills, props, and productions notes for the movie are also primary sources.


Museum archives, library special collections, and other places collect primary sources, preserve them, and make them available for popular research. Most often, researchers must go to the library or archive to view primary sources in person. A few examples of archives and specail collections:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive, a museum archive of winners and nominees in Los Angeles.

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Papers - a specical collection at New York Public Library.

UCLA Film and Television Archive - at the University of California - Los Angeles, a large archive that includes film and TV.

King Vidor Papers – a special collection of the personal and business papers of the director at the University of Texas-Austin.


To search for the existence of primary sources in the U.S. for film research :

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Sources – a archive and collections index sponsored by the Library of Congress.


To search for the existence of primary sources for international film research,

Use the FIAF databases.


Secondary Sources – works of scholarly interpretation and analysis based on the exploration and use of primary sources. To search for secondary sources in film studies, look in academic journal articles, books, and all the other places listed above.

It is in these sources that you will find the film reviews, biographies of directors, articles of criticism, and histories that bear on your work.


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