Finding Periodical Articles on Film

Basic Index

Film index international, 1930- .

Lists articles on films, including documentary films, short subjects, and made-for-TV movies, as well as feature films. Includes information on over 90,000 films.

Other Film Indexes

Art Full Text, 1984- .

Indexes periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins publications in European languages.

For earlier indexing:

Art index retrospective, 1929- 1984.

Artbibliographies modern, 1974- .
LOCATION: Fine Arts: Reading Room RFA 110.51 (1969- )

The critical index; a bibliography of articles on film in English, 1946-1973, arranged by name and topics.
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM PN1993.7.Z99 G4x
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 17
LOCATION: Widener: Harvard Depository PN1992.5.Z99 G47x

Covers 22 American, British, and Canadian film, and 60 general, periodicals.

Film & Television Literature Index, 1914- ; mainly 1980- ) international coverage on all aspects of television and film.

FIAF International FilmArchive Database, 1972- .


  • Directory of film/TV documentation collections
  • Bibliography of Latin American cinema
  • Electronic version of:
  • International index to film periodicals
  • International index to television periodicals

The Film index: a bibliography.
LOCATION: Baker Business: Z5784.M9 W75 Non-circulating. Library has: v. 2 .
LOCATION: Fine Arts: RFA1805.28
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 12 Library has: v. 1-3

Covers English-language publications, including fan and trade magazines but not newspaper articles, through 1935, with a few later entries. Arranged by subject.

Film literature index: A quarterly author-subject index to the international periodical literature of film and television/video, 1973- .
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971.15 Latest 10 years; WID-LC PN1993.F57x earlier

Indexes about 300 English-language film and general periodicals. Excludes fan magazines and technical journals. Major coverage of television dates from 1977, of video from 1986. Online version: Film Literature Index (1976-2001) cumulates 25 years - for earlier and later dates see print version.

Film review annual, 1981- .
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971.15.10

Reprints film reviews of full-length American films and lists reviews not included.

Film review index. 2 v.
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM PN1995.Z99 F54 1986x
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 15.5

Lists criticism of significant films from 1882-1985. Citations drawn from English-language general, trade, and scholarly periodicals, newspapers, and books.

Filmmakers in the Moving Picture World: an Index of Articles, 1907-1927.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1995.z99 D342 1997x

Indexes the periodical, Moving Picture World. Aranged by persons: actors, directors, publicity, costume designers, screenwriters etc.

French XX bibliography, v. 5- . 1969- .
LOCATION: Widener: RR 3162.13 Latest 5 years WID-LC PQ305.F7x Earlier

List of books and periodical articles arranged in two parts: topically and under subject authors. Has section on Cinema.

Continues: French VII bibliography; critical and biographical references for the study of contemporary French literature. v. [2]-4 (no. 6-20); 1953-68.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PQ305.Z99 F73x

A guide to critical reviews. 3rd ed. Pt. 4. The Screenplay, 1927-1963 & supplement, 1963-80.
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2952. 13

Index to critical film reviews in British and American film periodicals, together with: Index to critical reviews of books about film.
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM PN1995.Z99 B6x Library has: 3 v. in 2
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 2.5

Indexes, sometimes incompletely, 31 American and British film journals. Coverage ends in 1971; few of the periodicals indexed were published prior to 1950, some back to 1939.

Index to motion pictures reviewed by Variety, 1907-1980. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1982.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1995.A39 1982

An index to short and feature film reviews in the Moving picture world : the early years, 1907-1915.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1995.Z99 D34 1995x

International Index to the Performing Arts (46 periodicals indexed 1864-1997; 155 periodicals indexed 1998- ).

Some abstracts. Indexes the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Magill's survey of cinema.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1993.45.M3

  • English language films, first series.
  • English language films, second series.
  • Foreign language films.
  • Silent films.

Media review digest, 1973- .
LOCATION: Gutman Education: Ref Index LB 1043.Z9.M4

Covers films, filmstrips, videotapes, educational and spoken-word records and tapes, slides, charts, and other audiovisual media.

The new film index; a bibliography of magazine articles in English, 1930-1970.
LOCATION: Fine Arts: Reading Room RFA1805.53
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM PN1993.7.Z99 M29 x
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 12.10

Covers film and general periodicals. Arranged by subject.

ProQuest - Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (1880–2000) covers film, broadcasting, popular music and theatre.

Readers' guide to periodical literature, 1900- .
LOCATION: Gutman Education: Ref Index AI3.R48 (1925-90)
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM AI 3.R48 (1900-2004)
LOCATION: Law School: Lang Ref Index AI 3.R48 Library has: Latest 10 years.

Film reviews were listed under "Moving picture plays-Criticisms, plots, etc." until 1973, then under "Motion pictures-Reviews".

Electronic version: Reader's Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982

Retrospective index to film periodicals, 1930-1971.
LOCATION: Fine Arts: Reading Room RFA1809.6
LOCATION: Gutman Education: Z5784.M9 B39
LOCATION: Lamont: REF.ROOM PN1993.45.Z92 x
LOCATION: Widener: RR 2971. 20

Covers articles and reviews in 14 English-language film periodicals and the Village Voice.


To find bibliographies of books and articles in the HOLLIS Catalog, in Expanded Search do a variety of keyword searches (Keywords Anywhere) plus the standard term "bibliography" (Subject words). Notice the Subjects on pertinent records for terms for additional searches. Example: <Motion Pictures> and <bibliography>, <Musical films> and <bibliography>.

Wulff, Hans Jurgen. Bibliographie der Filmbibliographien. 1987.
LOCATION: Fine Arts: Reading Room RFA1805.96.1
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1994.Z99 W85 1987x

Bibliographies (Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley)

Finding Film Reviews and Critical Analysis (Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley)

Internet Film Reviews

All Movie Guide

Internet Movie Database
--Includes Newsgroup reviews

Movie Review Query Engine

Collections of Film Reviews

The New York times film reviews, 1913/68- .
LOCATION: Gutman Education: Ref PN 1995.N4
LOCATION: Widener: Thr 179.70.10F

Variety film reviews, 1907-1980.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC PN1995.V34 1983 F Library has: 16 v.