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.