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Film and Television

Newspapers: Uses and Context

Newspapers can be crucial primary sources for the study of film, television, and entertainment. They are excellent sources for reviews, letters to the editor, articles about filmmakers and actors, obituaries, and more. When searching them, consider:

  • You are searching the language of the time period used by journalists, not contemporary language. This can particularly important when searching for articles around specific events (e.g. World War I was referred to in its own time as the "Great War"), as well as stories related to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and other identity categories.
  • Newspapers have their own cultural and geographic context, and their editorial histories change over time. The most easily available historical newspapers online are primarily from large cities, but seeking out regional papers (many of which are still only on microfilm) can greatly enhance research projects.
  • Newspapers can be used effectively to find film and television reviews, but these also appear in magazine articles and other sources. Use the Reviews tab to find more sources.

Online Historical Newspapers

UCLA subscribes to a number of databases with both current and historical newspaper content. If connecting from home, make sure your computer is configured for off-campus access.

Online Current Newspapers

UCLA subscribes to a number of databases with current newspaper content from the last few years. If connecting from home, make sure your computer is configured for off-campus access.

Selected Newspaper Microfilm

Beyond digital access to papers and magazines, some historical content remains accessible largely through microfilm. For more, including industry magazines, see the tab at the top of this page.

Online Newspaper Indexes

Many historical newspapers prior to the 1980s/1990s are either not available full text online, or are not subscribed to by the UCLA Library. Featured below are online indexes to some of these papers, which can be useful in pinpointing articles on microfilm.