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Selected Resources


August 2007
(251) 460-7025

The following is a selected list of print and electronic sources. Also use the examples of keyword and subject searching to assist you in finding more information. If there are questions, call the number above or get in touch with us at webref@southalabama.edu


Film and Television: A Guide to the Reference Literature. Ref. Z 5784 .M9 E47 2006
The Humanities:  A Selective Guide to Information Sources. Ref. AZ 221 .B42 2000
            Chapter 10 includes film sources, 361-378.
Research Guide to Film Studies.  Yale University Library.


EBSCO Databases:
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Academic Search Complete
Business Source Premier
MLA Bibliography
Gale InfoTrac Databases:
            Academic OneFile
            Expanded Academic ASAP
Project Muse
Printed index:
            Art Index. Ref. Z 5937 .A78
            Library has 1922-1999.


MRQE:  Movie Review Query Enginehttp://www.mrqe.com
Critics.com  http://www.critics.com
New York Times Film Reviews.  Ref. PN 1995 .N4   Library has 1913-1978.
Film Review Index.  Ref. Z 5784 .M9 F513 1986   Library has Vol. II only, covers 1950-85.
Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971.  Ref. Z 5784 .M9 B3


American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary.  Ref. PN 1993.5 .U6 S539 1986
Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book in Black Film. Ref. PN 1995.9 .N4 1995
Encyclopedia of Novels into Film.  Ref. PN 1997.85 .T54 1998
Encyclopedia of Early Cinema.  Ref. PN 1993.45 .E53 2005
Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film.  Ref. PN 1995.9 .D6 E53 2006
Film Studies Dictionary.  Ref. PN 1993.45 .B49 2001
Film By Genre.  Ref. PN 1998 .L63 1993
Film, the Critics Choice: 150 Masterpieces of World Cinema.
            Ref. PN 1994 .F439144 2001b
Halliwell’s Film and Video Guide.  Ref. PN 1993.45 H27 [2005]
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers.  Ref. PN 1997.8 .I48 1984
Motion Picture Guide.  10 vols. Ref. PN1993.45 .N277   Supplements.
Magill’s Survey of Cinema:  English Language.  Ref. PN 1993.45 .M3 1981
Magill’s Survey of Cinema.  Foreign Language.  Ref. PN 1993.45 .M34 1985
Magill’s Survey of Cinema.  Silent Films.  Ref. PN 1995.75 .M33 1982



Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Link through Electronic Reference on Library
            home page. Indexing only.
American Film Directors.  Ref. PN 1995.9 .P7
American Screenwriters.  1984.  Ref. PS 129 .D5 v. 26  (DLB)
American Screenwriters.  1986.  Ref. PS 129 .D5 v. 44  (DLB)
Cinema, A Critical Dictionary:  The Major Film Makers.  Ref. PN 1993.45 .C5
Encyclopedia of Filmmakers.  Ref. PN 1998.2 .T53 2002
New Biographical Dictionary of Film.  Ref. PN 1998.2 .T49 2002
Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema.  Ref. PN 1998.2 .A24 1991
Stars of Hollywood Remembered.  Ref. PN 1998.2 .E46 1997
World Film Directors.  2 vols.  Ref. PN 1998.2 .W67 1987


Consult Our Journal List on the Library home page for the database indexing or providing
articles for many of these journals.

Cinema Journal
Daily Variety
Film & History
Film Comment
Film Criticism
Film History
Film Quarterly
Hollywood Reporter
Journal of Film and Video
Jump Cut
Lighting Dimensions
Literature Film Quarterly
Moving Image
New Cinemas
Sight and Sound  [print only, check Catalog]
Skipping Stones
Variety [access to current except latest issue]

The Library has significant print holdings or significant electronic access to more titles,
but not access to the most current. Among these are American Cinematographer, American Film, Black Film Review, Camera Obscura, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Journal of Popular Film and Television, October, PostScript, Variety, Velvet Light Trap, and Wide Angle .
Check for these titles in the Catalog or Our Journal List


American Film Institute. http://www.afi.com
All Movie Guide. http://www.allmovie.com
Alternate Film Guide. http://www.altfg.com
IMDb: Internet Movie Databasehttp://us.imdb.com
The Greatest Films at filmsite.org  http://www.filmsite.org
Reel Classicshttp://www.reelclassics.com
National Film Preservation Board (includes National Film Registry)

SOUTHcat Catalog Search Examples

Subject (browse):

Independent filmmakers
Motion pictures American
Motion pictures and literature
Motion pictures production

Film adaptation
Motion pictures
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion picture acting
Film criticism
Science fiction films
Film noir
Spielberg Stephen [example]

Motion pictures producers and directors
Motion pictures dictionaries
Horror films

The searches above are a suggested sampling from standard headings.  Keyword does not require standard headings to get a result.

Also try  keyword with Boolean searching, using the important terms.  Phrases are placed in quotation marks.  No other punctuation. ? for truncation.

Horror and film?                   Actors and film?                                   “motion pictures” and director?


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