If you have a topic, film or director and need to find out what's been written on it, try searching one of the databases listed below. They will help you to trace relevant journal articles and other publications.
NB If you need to access a specific electronic journal and already have the details, use the E-journals by title tab on the Library homepage.
Performing Arts Periodicals Database
A key database for Film but also includes articles on computer games and television.
FLI (Film Literature Index) Online
Contains references to film, television and video articles, reviews and book reviews. 150 international film and video journals are fully indexed. A further 200 journals are regularly scanned for relevant articles. The database contains material published between 1976 and 2001. No full text or abstracts are included but there are over 2,000 subject headings providing detailed analysis of the articles. FLI Online is currently available as a free service - no password is required.
Box of Broadcasts (BoB)
An online archive giving you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.
A collection of dictionaries and reference works published by Oxford University Press. Covers many subjects including film. A useful starting point when you are unfamiliar with a topic.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
An illustrated collection of life stories of over 55,000 people of significance to the history and culture of the British Isles, from the earliest times to those who have died in recent years. Includes directors, actors and designers..
Academic Search Complete
A multi-disciplinary database which includes full-text articles from film journals.
Art Full Text
A major art database which includes various full-text film journals.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Contains references to thousands of journal articles in the fields of Human Communications and Media Studies, including Film Studies.
An international news database. It includes US newspapers and entertainment magazines such as Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety which are good for film reviews.
This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals. Note that most journals covered do not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old. The Library has access to the full JSTOR Collection, which includes older issues of: Cinema Journal; Film History; Film Quarterly
Full-text newspaper articles from UK newspapers, including film reviews. To search the database for news articles, click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen. At the news search screen you can use the Select Sources drop-down menu to search all UK newspapers or just broadsheets, for example.
Worldwide profiles,analysis, case studies and data for many sectors including Media & Digital Entertainment.
Market research, retail intelligence, leisure intelligence.
Screenonline is a service produced by the bfi (British Film Institute) which is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study.
Arts and Humanities Citation Index via Web of Science
A database covering a wide range of sources from 1981, including foreign language publications.