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Scholarly and Popular Publications (great for browsing topic ideas)

Scholarly Journals


Reliable Non-Scholarly Magazines to Browse

New Yorker (website)


Harper’s (website)

Economist (website)

Wilson Quarterly (website)

New Republic (website)

New Atlantis (website)


Using CQ Researcher (Flash tutorial) 

TV Shows Available on DVD in the library (search in catalog)

The Simpsons

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Da Ali G Show

Mad Men

The Monkees

Saturday Night Live

True Blood

The Tudors

Twin Peaks

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Sopranos (VHS)

Suggested Databases

Useful Web Resources

Academic Websites

Comics Research.org

Non-Academic Websites


The Authentic History Center (primary sources on pop culture)

Popular Culture

Online Exhibits from the National Archives

Times Topics from the New York Times (Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics since 1981.)

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Helpful Film Studies Sites

Books from the Catalog

Reviews vs. Criticism?

Film REVIEWS are assessments of the aesthetic, entertainment, social and cultural merits and significance of a current film or video. Reviews tend to be short to medium length articles, often written by a single staff writer for a particular publication. In most cases, the chief aim of a review is to tell the reader whether the film is worth going to see (or buying on DVD).

  • Film reviews can be found in indexes used for popular press and/or newspapers, as well as aggregator sites such as MetaCritic and MRQE.

Film CRITICISM or ANALYSIS is scholarly or focused critical writing about particular films--both current and historical--can be found in an amazingly wide variety of sources, including film journals, and publications devoted to theater, history, literature, women's studies, ethnic studies, and other disciplines. Critical/analytic film articles tend to be more academic and substantive than reviews. These articles often discuss particular films in broad social, political, and historical context. Many times the focus of these articles is on a fairly specific aspect of a film, a director's work, or a film genre.

Source: Film Reviews and Film Criticism: an Introduction (Media Resources Center, Univ. of California-Berkeley)