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Last Updated: May 23, 2024     Views: 115

1. Determine the database to search by answering the following questions:

When was the film released?
Film reviews usually come out shortly after the film has been released in theatres, but it also may have been reviewed at the time the video or DVD version was released, or if it was included in lists like the American Film Institute Century Collection. Choose a database that covers those time periods.

What type of review do you need? (general interest or scholarly)
Most film reviews are published in newspapers and magazines, but it is also possible to find reviews in scholarly journals.


2. Pick an appropriate database.
You may wish to begin your search, for example, by selecting a database from the subject databases list for Cinema and Television Arts.


3. Search one or more distinctive phrases from the film title.
Names of actors, directors, studios, etc. may help to narrow your search. Remember that the title of the review may not include the film title in it.

As part of your search strategy, consider using the word review or checking to see if the database you are searching offers a way to limit specifically to a film review. For example, when you first enter the database, look on the main search screen for a way to limit by document type. If so, please check if you are offered the ability to select an option such as film review.