FILM STUDIES RESEARCH: GETTING STARTED

Fall 2019
http://libguides.wlu.edu/filmresearch

Finding Articles -- Good Starting Places

If you need to find a handful of articles on film from respected journal and magazine sources, especially academic/scholarly journals, the databases listed below are excellent places to begin. 

Examples of searches:

Think About Search Terms

Several of the "article databases" to which we subscribe contain large numbers of references to reviews, essays, and other articles about particular movies.

  • If you are looking for information on a movie with a very distinctive title, that title probably is the only search term you need. Examples: "big lebowski" or "chimes at midnight"
  • However, if the title is not unique and/or it also might be the title of a book, you probably will need to refine your search by including some cinematic terms.   Example: crash AND (movie* OR film* OR motion OR cinema)

The asterisk in the above examples generates a search in most databases for various forms of a word (singular, plural, etc.).

If you want to search for a multi-word phrase, as in the Big Lebowski and Chimes at Midnight examples above, enclose the search terms within quotation marks.

Getting an Article's Text

In many cases, an entry in one of our databases will direct you to the complete text of an article.

But what do you do when the text is not immediately available?  How do you know if we have access to an article?

 

 

Serials Solutions 360 Link

This link, found in many databases, will take you to a page which will present your options, which may include (1) other databases, and/or (2) interlibrary loan.

 

 

Interlibrary Loan

This option enables W&L students and faculty to get copies of articles or other materials -- without charge -- from other libraries across the U.S.    Click here to begin.   (For more information, see this page.)

 

 

Does W&L Have This Magazine (or Journal or Newspaper)?

You usually can answer this question by searching our A-Z Journals List.