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Media Studies

Scholarly & Peer Reviewed Articles

Depending on your topic you may need to use a few different databases to find scholarly sources relevant to media studies. Here are the top 4 we recommend: 

View complete list of databases relevant to media studies:

Recent Media & Film Reviews

In media studies, you may need to find reviews of movies, television shows. Here are some recommended places to search for them:

  • MRQE Movie Review Query Engine. Search by title, or look at one of the lists, such as upcoming releases, Academy awards, and most popular. Includes very up-to-date information on new releases and video releases.
  • CineFiles A database of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the Pacific Film Archive Library's clippings files. The files contain documents from a broad range of sources covering world cinema, past and present." Some full-text included; citations for published material. Ongoing project that ll have 200,000 documents when complete.
  • LexisNexis Academic. To find newspaper reviews of recent films, select the Content Type: All News, then Article Type : Movie Reviews then  search a major word or phrase from the movie or show title in the (required) keyword box. For example, "Austin Powers." Use date limits to narrow your focus. Click the "Source List" button to find out which publications are included. This will locate the full text of the reviews in newspapers.
  • Academic Search Premier Includes movie and television reviews. Search the most important words in the title ("Simpsons" or "Sopranos") and (left column) Limit to Source type REVIEW.
  • Omnifile Includes movie and television reviews. Search the most important words in the title ("Simpsons" or "Hamlet" or "Sopranos") and (left column) Limit to Source type REVIEW.

Historical Media & Film Reviews

  • Historical Los Angeles Times and Historical New York Times. Search the name of the film and the year of release, or a span of years in case it came out in December. Or use the Film Review Index (see below) to locate the exact date of the review. These databases contain the entire newspaper as searchable pdfs. Your search gets the review itself, so this is the best place to start.

These databases below index the review, but not all magazines are available in full text for all years.

If you have no luck with one of the above databases the library has several print indexes that can help you locate a review, such as: