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Cinema Studies: Research Guide

Resources for searching for scholarly information in all areas of cinema.

Welcome to your Cinema Studies Research Guide!

Film reels, Movie Makers front cover, April 1931Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, I will be your subject liaison librarian for Cinema Studies. I'm currently busy updating and expanding this guide, so please check back frequently for new content. 

If you have any suggestions, recommendations, or requests for resources to include here, please do let me know!


Louisa Trott

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Louisa Trott
Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd
TN 37996
Subjects: Cinema Studies, Theatre

Finding Scholarly Articles in Databases

Note: Film Literature Index Online, created by Indiana University, was retired on December 6th, 2021. Most titles are indexed, some with full text, in other databases such as the FIAF Index and Academic Search Complete. Contact me if you have trouble finding the title you need.

Online Resources

The following online sources are good starting points particularly for older films.  In addition, there are resources in the print collection of Hodges Library in the PN1993 call number section. 

  • European Film Treasures - repository of information on films including some streamed videos
  • Lantern The free search platform of Media History Digital Library. Search over 2,772,417 pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.
  • MetaCritic - commercial online resource for film reviews
  • Women Film Pioneer Project - excellent site on this topic from Columbia University

Finding Films