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Film Studies (Alexandria)

Scholarly Journal and Magazine Databases

Newspaper Databases

Database Search Tips

Magazine, newspaper, and journal articles focus on a specific aspect of a topic, so what you type into the search box should also be specific.

Use your research question or topic sentences as a starting point to identify keywords and concepts:

How does the visual effects of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari reveal the narrator's perspective?

Type AND between each concept dr caligari AND visual
Use "quotation marks" around phrases "set design" AND dr caligari
Use an asterisk (*) to get words with multiple endings
(light* will find articles with light, lights, lighting, lighted, and lightness)
dr caligari AND light*
Use related terms and synonyms dr caligari AND (light* OR shadow* OR visual OR scenery OR angles)

In your list of results, use FILTERS/LIMITERS:

  • Full Text - click the full text box so that all your results will have the entire article available for you to read
  • Source Type - select magazines or academic/scholarly journals

If your topic is really specific and you're not getting enough results, you can force the database to look for your words in the complete text of the articles (otherwise the database defaults to basically just looking for your search terms in the title, abstract, and subject headings):

Trade Journals/Magazines

Trade Journals of Interest: