Film information resources: Books & articles

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Library Catalogue

Books, journals, DVDs and other media located in the SFU Library can be found using the Library Catalogue.

If you're new to using the library catalogue, visit our SFU Library Catalogue search guide.

For details about finding media such as DVDs, sound recordings, and images, consult the Media page of this guide.

Lists of new Contemporary Arts resources added to the SFU Library are updated on a monthly basis. You can also browse through lists of all resources added to the library within the last week or the last month.

Journals and magazines

The print indexes and online databases will help you locate journal and magazine articles, film reviews and filmscripts.

Print Indexes

  • Film literature index [print]
  • Film review index [print]
  • New York Times film reviews [print]
  • Retrospective index to film periodicals, 1930-1971 [print]


Key databases for Film articles and reviews:

Film & Television Literature Index: International index to scholarly and popular journal literature on film, television and video.

Film Literature Index (FLI): Citations to journal articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001. For later years consult the Film and Television Literature Index.

Communication & Mass Media Complete: Indexing & abstracts for over 300 journals in the fields of communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film including full text for nearly 200 journals.

International Index to the Performing Arts: Multidisciplinary index to journals for the Performing Arts (drama, theater, dance, film, television).

Humanities & Social Sciences Index: Covers basic periodicals on all social sciences and humanities topics.

For a full list of databases relevant to your research, see the Film databases list. You can also try the databases listed for Communication.


Try searching the Library Catalogue by author, title or the subject Motion Picture Plays to find filmscripts in the SFU Library. For other guides to filmscripts, try: