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

Web sites

When searching for movie reviews online, bear in mind that many professors prefer that students use reviews by journalists and other professionals.  Always evaluate your search results: Is the review signed?  Is the website a news outlet or other trusted site?  Is the style one you would associate with professional writing?  When in doubt, ask your professor. Here's a few hand-picked resources to get you started:

Find Reviews in EBSCOHost Databases

Several of the library's databases have movie reviews.  Here's a step-by-step lesson in how to find them.

  • Go to the EbscoHost database page
  • Choose "Academic Search Complete,"  "MasterFILE Premier," and "Newspaper Source" and then hit "continue" at the bottom or top of the page.
  • Click "Advanced Search."

  • Scroll down and change the document type for each database you chose to "Entertainment Review."

  • Scroll back to the top and enter the name of a film in the first search box, then hit "Search."