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ENG 420: The Hollywood Star System (Spring 2022): Home

About this guide

This guide was created to help you find primary sources for your second paper, which is a historical analysis of a star's performance in a single film. You will find databases which contain popular film magazines, Hollywood trade journals, newspapers, and other sources. Also included are links to individual journals and magazines in which you might search for articles to see how your chosen celebrity was treated in that source over time.

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Film & Television Industry Trade Journals

Popular Titles Covering Film & Television

To find other publications, search the Libraries' journal holdings by title to find 1930s-1960s issues available electronically.

You can also search a limited number of magazine titles from the era in the Internet Archive's Magazine Rack. Pay special attention to the dates on the material you're using.

Popular Periodicals in Print

These periodicals are available in our print collections, but are housed in the Facility or the Warehouse. You can use requests form to have volumes brought to Bird, or Articles to Go to request individual articles. To find additional print periodicals from the period use Libraries Search.

This is a bit more of a "getting your hands dirty" research task, since these items aren't full-text searchable, but if you know your film's release date, you can request issues from that period (and slightly before) and browse through them the old fashioned way!

Other possibly-fruitful databases