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Film Journals

Film Journalsin Roger (UCSD)- subject search Motion pictures -- periodicals

Useful Databases

An example of some of the library's databases. These are a good places to begin your research.

You can use the same search strategies in journals as you do for books.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Multidisciplinary database that indexes and abstracts articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications. Full-text is available for over 5300 journals
  • American Film Institute (AFI)
    The AFI Catalog, the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2008.
  • Film and Television Literature Index
    1987-present; limited 1970-86. Covers writing about film and television for scholars, students and the general public. Subjects include film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, reviews
  • Film Index International
    Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.
  • Film Literature Index
    1976-2001. Indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover; 200 others selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly and critical to the popular
    Search by subject or browse full text of more than 500 scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities.
  • Humanities Full-Text  
    Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals—of which 470 are peer-reviewed—dating as far back as 1984.


Roger is UCSD Libraries on-line catalog of books, journals & other resources. Let's use Vampire films as a subject for a paper.

TitleCount Dracula goes to the movies: Stoker's novel adapted, 1922-1995

AuthorJoslin, Lyndon.  As always, last name first.

 Keyword vampire* or vampire* movies.  Use * to match 1-5 characters (vampire & vampires & vampyre)

Subject (LC subject headings).  When you find a book that is useful you can use subject headings to expand or refine your searching.,

Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912 -- Film and video adaptations
Horror tales, English -- Film and video adaptations
Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)
Dracula films -- History and criticism
Vampire films -- History and criticism


 If UCSD does not have the book try; Circuit(CSUSM, SDSU, USD) You can try Circuit directly from Roger. Inter-Library Loan You can ILL a book by using the REQUEST feature.  You can also, try Next Gen/Melvyl (see below)


NextGen Melvyl

Searchall UC libraries or Libraries worldwide. Use same searches you would in Roger - (example - Vampire films -- History and criticism)


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