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WG 120 Gender and Film: Narrative Film, Resistance, and Revolt
Instructor: Laura Fugikawa,
Film Contextual Information
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Screen Studies CollectionA collection of databases that contain information on films and film study topics. Includes the AFI Catalog database, the British Film Institute catalog and bibliographies of film writings.
AFI Catalog (American Film Institute)Directory of films from 1892 to the present. Entries can include plot summaries, production notes and citations of film reviews and articles. Compiled by the American Film Institute.
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals DatabaseThe International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) brings together institutions dedicated to rescuing and preserving films. FIAF's editorial staff, along with its Affiliates, produces the International Index to Film Periodicals which offers in-depth coverage of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals. This database contains FIAF's “Treasures from Film Archives”; a detailed index of the silent-era film holdings of archives from around the world, a selection of Reference volumes and the linked full-text of over 60 journals.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media StudiesOxford Bibliographies Online is a scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules, designed to help researchers find reliable sources of information by directing them to chapters, books, websites, archives, or data sets.
Besides searching databases and general publications, you can search individual film magazines. Find specific titles on the Cinema Studies Guide, Find Articles page https://libguides.colby.edu/ci/articles
Links to magazine and trade publications are listed in the right column.
Good Research Takes Time
Keep a research log & document every search.
Explore a variety of search terms.
Check multiple resources.
Carefully evaluate all materials.
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Materials not available at Colby or our partner institutions can often be obtained through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.
Unlike Google, library databases & catalogs don't try to guess what you want. Explore different options!
Try synonyms and related terms found in other articles and books
Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings
sexualit* = sexuality, sexualities
Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase
Use AND between terms to narrow results to items containing both terms
"gender identity" AND activis*
Using OR between items (within parentheses) widens results to items containing any one term
(film* OR "motion pictures" OR cinema OR movie*)
Combine these strategies in a search string
"racial identity" AND (film* OR "motion pictures" OR cinema OR movie*)
Find one good item? Use it to find Subject Terms. Subject terms group items by topic. Scan relevant item records and keep a record of the subject terms listed. This sometimes enables better discovery than a keyword search.
Use the following databases to find articles about films. In database interfaces, look for ways to limit your results to articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Gender Studies DatabaseThis database provides access to a full spectrum of gender-related scholarship, with over a million records from scholarly and popular publications, including journals, books, conference papers and theses. Subjects include gender inequality, masculinity, post-feminism and gender identity.
LGBT Life with Full TextIndex of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender literature emphasizing history, culture, social issues, interests, and concerns of the LGBT community, with materials including periodicals, books, conference proceedings, newspapers, dissertations and web documents, as well as an LGBT Thesaurus.
Sociological AbstractsIndexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Provides abstracts of journal articles and citations of book reviews as well as abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Coverage dates from 1952 to the present.
Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly IIPA)This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 395 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 160 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes almost a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. Performing Arts Periodicals Database covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
Google ScholarGoogle Scholar indexes many scholarly journals, theses, books, and white papers from academic and society publishers. It also indexes patents and some case law.
MLA International BibliographyThe Modern Language Association of America's database of journal articles, books, dissertations, working papers, proceedings, and bibliographies covering scholarship on literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, printing, publishing, rhetoric, and composition, with coverage from 1926 to the present.
Project MUSEProject MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery.modules, designed to help researchers find reliable sources of information by directing them to chapters, books, websites, archives, or data sets.
JSTORFull-text access to thousands of scholarly journals covering the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, plus monographs and other academic materials.
Academic Search CompleteA multidisciplinary database providing full-text access to scholarly and popular journals in broad areas of academic study, as well as indexing and abstracts of additional titles unavailable in full text. Coverage: 1990-present.
PsycINFO (1872-Current)Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage from 1887-present, current chapter and book coverage from 1987-present.
Humanities International IndexA bibliographic index of over 1,700 U.S. and international journals in the humanities, covering articles, essays, reviews, and creative work in poetry, fiction, and visual arts.
include original research and analysis in a specific discipline
use in-text citations and bibliographies
typically contain peer-reviewed articles
are part of a scholarly conversation
Besides searching for articles in databases, you can also search individual peer-reviewed journals. A list can be found in the middle column of the Cinema Studies Guide "Find Articles" page. https://libguides.colby.edu/ci/articles