Databases for Film

  • 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.

    For further help see the guide to Finding journal articles for Film or contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Film.

    Films and scripts

    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.

    Film Scripts Online Volumes 1 & 2 - scripts and authorised versions of copyrighted screenplays for 1,500 films. Includes classic American films such as Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, as well as contemporary international films including Pan's Labyrinth, Spirited Away and Far from Heaven. Also includes the BFI's Film Classics monographs and information about scenes, characters and people related to the films.

    Reference Sources

    Oxford Reference - 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..

    Key databases for finding journal articles

    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database - a very significant database for the performing arts, containing over a third of a million references to journal articles and reviews on dance, film, musical theatre, opera, performance art, television and theatre. Full text articles are available for about 160 journal titles.  

    Other useful databases for Film Studies research:

    • 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. 
    • Factiva - an international news database. It includes US newspapers and entertainment magazines such as Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety which are good for film reviews.
    • JSTOR - 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.
    • LexisLibrary - use 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.
    • 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.
    • Screenonline - 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. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.
    • Arts and Humanities Citation Index via Web of Science - database covering a wide range of sources from 1981, including foreign language publications.  
    • If you need help with tracing film reviews, check the Library guide Film Reviews: a guide to where to find them. The guide is designed to help you locate sources in journals, newspapers, Internet sites and books which contain film reviews or critical analyses of films.