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International Women Film Directors

Research Sources & Tips







Biographies and Overviews

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Background Information

Women Film Directors

Films and Filmmakers


Women and Film (BFI Screenonline)

Women Make Movies (films by and about women)

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

Women Directors and Their films
Mary G. Hurd.
PN1998.2 .H86 2007

Women Filmmakers & Their Films
with introductory essays by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Katrien Jacobs; editor, Amy L. Unterburger.
Ref. PN1998.2 .W66 1998

Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present
Ally Acker; foreword by Judith Crist; afterword by Marc Wanamaker.
PN1998.2 .A24 1991



International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (online)

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. / David Thomson. Ref. PN1998.2 .T49 2002


Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings, and Series . Oversize: PN1993.5.A1 S555 2002

Blockbusters: a Reference Guide to Film Genres. PN1995 .G663 2006


Filmakers Library Online (streaming video of award-winning documentaries)

UCLA Film & Television Archive



II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.



Cinema and the Shoah: an art confronts the tragedy of the twentieth century . / edited byJean-Michel Frodon ; translated by Anna Harrison and Tom Mes.


Albany: State University of New York Press, c2010.


Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.



1. The Broader Topic

Women in the motion picture industry


Women motion picture producers and directors


2. Particular Countries

Women motion picture producers and directors -- China

Women motion picture producers and directors -- United States


3. Particular Region

Women motion picture producers and directors -- Asia.


4. Related Topic

Feminist films.

Women in films

Films for women

Film and Women


Advanced Keyword search, limiting to books:


On the topic of diaspora/exile and cinema:


Material Type:


Tips: 1. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words; 2. film* searches film, films, etc.



on the topic of "Holocaust Film":


Material Type:



III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press:

C. Finding Full Text

1. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

2. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start.


4. Film & Television, Mass Media and Women's Studies

Limit Your Results


5. from Area Studies Sources

Bibliography of Asian Studies  

Middle East Studies (Index Islamicus)


6. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

1. Current:

Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (more international coverage)

Alt-PressWatch (1970 -present)

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959-present)


2. Historical

Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)




     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.


1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.


3. A few core journals:

Performing Arts Journal The Cinema Journal Film and History Film HistoryFilm Quarterly The Velvet Light TrapWide Angle Journal of Film and Video Discourse Camera Obscura Framework the Journal of Cinema and Media The Moving ImageProjection Screen Quarterly Review of Film and Video


IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources


A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010




      Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual