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Humanities Research Guide

Resource guide for subjects areas: Art, English, Liberal Studies, Literature, Philosophy, and Speech

Find your Local Library

You may be able to find many free films available through your own local public library. Use these links to find a library near you. 

LA County Libraries

Find a Local Library

APA Style Resources

APA Style Resources

Access Trouble?

Having trouble accessing our databases?

Check your student email for your username and password, or contact the librarian if you can't find it.

Featured Books - Check your student email for access information and passwords

From Antz to Titanic : A Student Guide to Film Analysis
Making Meaning : Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema
Concepts in Film Theory
A Companion to Film Theory
What Is Cinema? : Volume I
The Oxford History of World Cinema
Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice
Social Justice : Theories, Issues, and Movements

LIB 212: Final Film Analysis - Prof Bulter

Social Justice Film Resources

Below are resources to help you locate and analyze films for your social justice film project in Prof Butler's class. 

Free films online

  • Films for Action has assembled a wide variety of socially-minded documentaries and shows them for free on their site. This is a link to their "Wall of Films" which shows a selection of their feature films, but you can also browse by topic. Note that not all films are feature-length so keep an eye on the length and choose accordingly. 

Resources and selected readings

Online journals, magazines and other examples of analysis and critique

  • The library's databases provide access to several major film studies journals including Film Comment, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Film Criticism, Velvet Light Trap, and Cinema Journal. Browse and search individual titles, or search all of the library databases through Academic Search Elite (check student email for login info)
  • Images is a quarterly journal that publishes articles about movies, television, videos, and other popular visual arts. 
  • Alternate Takes is a website with collected reviews and analysis written by critics, academics, and students of cinema for a broad readership. Films are reviewed on a dual system: first a film review and then a more in-depth "alternate take" on the film. Search or browse reviews.
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