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Secondary sources describe, analyze or critique primary sources. In film studies, commentaries, reviews, biographies, encyclopedias and journal articles are some of the examples of secondary source.


  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
    (Chadwyck Healey) 1864-present
    Scholarly and popular journals on performing arts--drama, theater, dance, film, television and more

    E.g. german and silent films

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
    Date varies.
    Scholarly and popular journals with selected full text covering a comprehensive range of subjects
  • Film Indexes Online (Chadwyck Healey)
    1893 - present
    Searching across 3 key film research resources: "International Index to Film Periodicals - Full Text" [1972-present]; "Film Index International" [1900-present]; "AFI Catalog" [1893-1971]
  • Film Literature Index Online
    700,000+ citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
    multidisciplinary index covering 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

    E.g. - Hollywood and war

  • MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
    bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Subjects consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, and dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing
  • Art Full Text (Wilson)
    (Index from 1984, abstract 1994, & fulltext 1997)

    Articles from periodicals published throughout the world with selected full-text coverage, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins

  • America: History and Life (EBSCO)
    Prehistory - present
    Comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
  • Art Retrospective (Wilson)
    Leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins.
  • 19th Century Masterfile
    Over 60 subject indexes to Periodicals, Newspapers, Books, US Congressional Record, US and UK Government Documents and more
  • PCI (Periodicals Contents Index)
    1770- present
    Indexes citations from critical articles as well as book and performance review in humanities and social sciences journals
  • Essay & General Literature Index (1985-present)
    History, psychology, religion, political science to folklore, film, music, drama, and literature
  • LexisNexis Academic Previous 10 years to present
    Covering national and regional periodicals, trade journals and newspapers. Search path: News > Source > Book, movie, music, play and video reviews

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