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Film Research: Articles


Welcome to the SCC Library guide on film research. If you need help, don't hesitate to contact a librarian via live chat (info below)!

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Search Tips for Film Research

Try the following tips when searching for a film:

  • Put quotation marks around the film title
    • This tells the search engine to look for the words of the title together in that order (e.g., "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
  • Add "film" or "motion picture" to the title
    • This is especially helpful if the title is a common term or has another meaning. For example, a search for "Titanic" could yield results about either the 1997 movie or the actual ship that sank in 1912. Adding "film" or "motion picture" will help limit the results to articles about the movie (e.g., Titanic film).
  • Add the director's name to the title or just search for the director
  • Search by the genre of the film (e.g., science fiction films, western films, horror films, comedy films) 
  • Search by the subject of the film (e.g., mental illness in motion pictures, teenagers in motion pictures, politics in motion pictures)

Scholarly Articles (film criticism)

The following video will show you how to access articles from the library databases with a focus on Academic Search Premier.

Accessing resources off-campus

If you're off-campus, you can still access online sources, such as articles, ebooks, and streaming videos. When you click on the title of a source, you will be asked to log in with your name and SCC ID number plus the letters SC for St. Charles. Your SCC ID number should appear on your class schedule; it's not the same as your Canvas login. Contact the library for help finding your ID number.

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Newspaper Articles (film reviews)