A guide to research in film, covering researching a film, director or genre, how to find films in the library, how to find film reviews from credible sources, and how to find resources to write about films

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Searches books, ebooks, articles, journals, and more. To narrow down your search, use the tools on the left-hand side of your results screen.

Advanced Search

You can search by keyword, title, or author. You can narrow your search results down by format, language, location, and date.


  • Oliver Stone
  • film noir
  • action film
  • women directors

Or you can browse the shelves. The Freel Library arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. The major section for books about film is listed below. You can find these call numbers in the Reference section on the main floor, and in the language & literature room on the lower level.

PN1993 - PN1999

Essential Databases

Director Biographies

Use the library's Biography in Context database to find information on a director. This database contains over 450,000 biographies!

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another resource for finding research articles. Look on the right hand side of the screen for the "Check MCLA Full-Text" links that will bring you to the article in one of our databases. You can also look for the free PDFs listed on the right hand side. If you are off-campus, use these instructions to set it up for full access to library resources.

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