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LIBRARY GUIDE TO FLM 2150 - Methods of Screen Criticism

Secondary Sources
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
No definitive dates of coverage, but includes books as well as articles--Variety goes back to 1914 (but Variety reviews included are often extracts of  the lengthier originals, found in the print Variety Film Reviews; see Reference Sources). Many articles are full text within this index, but be sure to click on the get it linklinks for any other items; we may have access to the full text from another source or may own the source in print. 

Touted as "the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies." Each videographic work is accompanied by creator's statement and signed peer reviews as solicited from the editorial board.

JSTOR and Project MUSE
Both of these resources are entire collections of scholarly journals and the full text of all their articles. Neither includes many film journals, but both include several important ones. JSTOR includes the backfiles of journals up to one year or more ago [and in some cases includes current issues also], including Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Film History, and Film Quarterly. ProjectMuse includes Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (1999 to present), Film & History (2004 to present), Film History (2005 to present), Framework: The Journal of Film and Media (2006 to present), Velvet Light Trap (2003 to present), etc.

Film Literature Index
Print version:  1973-2004  Ref. PN1993.F647
Online Version:  1976-2001  -- Unfortunately, this online index does not have get it link links so you will need to check the Library Catalog to see if we have the item indexed.  You can limit to "peer reviewed" (i.e., scholarly sources).

MLA Bibliography
Usually thought of as an index to lanuage and literature, MLA also indexes academic/scholarly books, book chapters, journals, and dissertations in the area of film.

New York Times Historical
Wonderful source for film reviews. To make it easier to find a review be sure to restrict your search to the year in which the movie appeared (or perhaps the next year also). Covers 1851-2007. For more recent years see the New York Times - Current.
Primary Sources
History of Cinema.  Series 1.  Hollywood and the Production Code  
Includes files for 500 films produced from 1927 to 1968 - "The core of the files is the correspondence between the studios or producers and the staffs of the PCA and the MPAA. Also included are confidential reports from state and national censor boards, copies of the official Production Code certificate letter, analysis sheets, song lyrics, wardrobe photographs, and articles and reviews from newspapers, magazines, and trade publications." 

CLICK HERE for digital copies of the files for Scarface, Blonde Venus, and Island of Lost Souls

Oh, you want to "go rogue"? Not interested in studying one of the films above?  
Click here for link to the guide to the collection--includes an introduction, a listing of what is on each reel, and an alphabetical listing of films included (with reel numbers). The microform collection is located on the lower level of Kresge Library in 143; the call number for this set is Microfilm PN1995.62.H57 2006.

A ScanPro reader/printer is located on the wall near Research Help/Tech Help desk on the second floor. Excellent instructions in use of this marvellous device are here.

Media History Digital Library
"The Media History Digital Library digitizes collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning."
Periodicals Info
 Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
 Contains detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals in more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.
Other Info
InterLibrary Loan
In addition to requesting articles via the link and using MelCat for books not found via the Library Catalog, you can also fill out online interlibrary loan requests via ILLiad.
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Reference Sources
Film Review Annual  Ref. PN1995.F465 -- 1981-2002 (covering films from 1980-2001)
Excerpts of movie reviews (including Village Voice, Sight and Sound, Los Angeles Times, etc) and references to other reviews.

Magill's Cinema Annual  Ref. PN1993.3.M34 -- 1982-2010 (covering films from 1981-2009)
Review-like essay/summaries and credits, citations to reviews, quotes, trivia. Also, each volume includes an introduction summarizing the year.

Screen World  Ref. PN1993.3.D3 -- 1949-2008, but we are MISSING 1960-1962, 1964-1968, 1970-1972.
Lists cast and has many photographs from each year's movies. US films in one section, foreign films in another section.

Variety Film Reviews  Ref. PN1993. V6 -- 1907-1980
Arranged by date with reproductions of film reviews as they appeared in Variety. Index volume is very useful since you need to know month, day, and year of review.

New York Times Film Reviews  Ref. PN1994.N4 -- 1913-1984, 1993-2000
Not as important since we have the New York Times Historical [online], but the 1913-1968 index and indexes at the end of the later volumes can be very helpful. Finding the "principal" review of a film in the online New York Times can sometimes be a challenge.

New York Times Encyclopedia of Film  Ref. PN1993.N465 1984 1896-1979
"reprint collection of facsimile articles that appeared in The New York Times."  Articles are arranged chronologically but there is an index. Topics such as censorship are included!


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