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This guide is a starting point for researching Film History at the Dulaney-Browne Library. While this site is not intended to be comprehensive, it will help you to understand the various types of resources available in the library. Also check out the research guides for Pre-1945 Film and Finding Film Reviews.

Articles, Books, the Web, and More

To find journal articles pertaining to your topic, click on the "Search EBSCOhost" link in the gray area above, then enter your search terms. By using this search box, you are simultaneously searching over 30 EBSCOhost databases which should result in a plethora of citations and full-text articles. Any articles not available electronically or in the library, may be borrowed from another library using Interlibrary Loan. If you find the results to be too broad or if you already have a well-defined topic, go to the “Articles” tab to search databases specific to your topic.

The library offers traditionally published monographs as well as books available electronically (ebooks) through Ebrary. To find these print materials and electronic resources click the “Search the Library Catalog” link, then enter your search terms in the box above. The “Books” tab offers additional subject-specific clues for searching the catalog.

The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information. The “Web” tab lists links to subject-specific websites.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

Questions? Ideas for More Resources?

Contact me: cwolf@okcu.edu or 405-208-5919

General & Individual Database Searching

General Search Box for EBSCOhost databases

Use this search box to search multiple EBSCOhost databases that are particularly useful for finding information about film history.


Individual Databases

Academic Search Complete - A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text EBSCOhost database.

Directory of Open Access Journals - Multi-disciplinary database of free full-text scientific and scholarly journals including Media and Communications titles (search the entire DOAJ or browse individual titles by going to the "Browse" screen and expanding the subject tree for the Social Sciences).

Humanities International Complete - An EBSCOhost database that provides thesaurus, author profiles, and a cited references search.

JSTOR – Full-text database of older scholarly journal articles including botany, humanities, education, history, social science, political science, social science, music, business, and statistics.

Project Muse - Database that provides access to current content from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Complete List of Databases

Complete List of Databases Available Through DBL - use this link to see a list of all the databases available to you. Remember that many of the sources on this list are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Newspaper Articles

State Newspaper Links

The Oklahoman Archives (searchable database of scanned newspapers dating from 1901)

Digital Oklahoman - digital version of today's paper (and the past seven days available for browsing & searching)

National/International News

Newspaper Source Plus - an EBSCOhost database that includes 1,520 full-text newspapers. In addition, the database features television and radio news transcripts, videos and podcasts.

Regional Business News - an EBSCOhost database that provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications, incorporating coverage of business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Newspapers.com - web based portal to national & international online newspapers, providing access to today's headlines.

Finding Particular Journal Titles

Click on Fine Arts and Music-Motion Picture to find electronic and print journals in the field of film history available in the Dulaney-Browne Library.

Selected Print & Microform Newspapers & Journals

American Cinematographer - Current year in paper, Microfiche for 1995-last year.

American Film - Microfiche 1989-1992

Film Comment - Paper available 2006 to current issue, Microfiche 1995-2005

Film Quarterly - Microfilm 1963-1988, Microfiche 1989-2009 Summer

New York Times - Current issues are in paper, Microfilm 1932-2009

Sight and Sound Paper 1970-1985 (located in the basement - ask for it at the Circulation Desk)

Variety - Microfiche 1995-2001, Paper 2002-present

Using the Library Catalog

To find materials related to Film History in the library, use the "Search the Library Catalog" box at the top of this page. While the search default is set for "Keyword Relevance" you can use the drop-down menu to select other types of searches. If you're not sure where to begin, click on the suggested subject links below:

Film Criticism

Film Noir

Motion Pictures

Musical Films

Silent Films

Additional subject terms can be found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Most Film History books in Dulaney-Browne Library are found in the 790s call number range in the reference area on the first floor and on the third floor. Some are electronic books available online through Ebrary. To find books in other libraries and obtain them through interlibrary loan, try WorldCat.

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves may also be a useful exercise in finding resources. Typically books about the Film History can be found in the 700s call number ranges. These materials are shelved on the third floor of the library. Some are electronic books available online through Ebrary. To find books in other libraries and obtain them through interlibrary loan, try WorldCat.

Locations for Film History Materials

1st floor Reference
2nd floor Professional Development Collection
3rd floor ALL Circulating Collections (while the fourth floor is beginning renovated)
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
Basement Circulating Storage

Internet Resources for Film History

AFI Catalog: Production information on films beginning in 1893. This free resource provides information on when and how early films were made.

CineFiles: Site maintained by the University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive contains scanned images of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from PFA Library's extensive collection covering world cinema, past and present.

Film Literature Index: Indiana University hosts this database that includes approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

Internet Movie Database (IMDb): An online database of information providing information about movies, television shows, actors, production crew personnel.

Library of Congress Moving Image Collections

Moving Image Archive: A library of free movies, film, and videos. Uploaded by users, the collection ranges from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.

ScreenLex: A pronunciation guide for Film and TV Studies.

Find Videos

The Dulaney-Browne Library media collection includes DVD and VHS videos of award winning feature films, international films, documentaries, and educational features from the OCU Film Institute Collection and the library's collection.


Note: An Actor/Actress search will also include books written by the actor/actress.

You can also browse the OCU Film Institute Collection using the tool on the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature web page.

You can also browse the collection on the 2nd floor of the Dulaney-Browne Library. DVD and VHS videos are arranged separately on the shelf by Dewey Decimal Call Number. This makes it possible to browse by subject for educational and documentary films. Feature films are arranged alphabetically by director in the call number 791.4372.

Local Resources

OCU Archives & Special Collections

Oklahoma City Phone Books, 1912-1974 (with gaps), Shirk Personal Papers.

Oklahoma City University Campus Newspapers, 1920-present.

Oklahoma Historical Center

Click here to search the Oklahoma History Center catalog.

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