Media Archaeology and Historiography

Spring 2013

Listed in: , as FAMS-456  |  English, as ENGL-486; Andrew R. Johnston (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt, Sara Smith.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

American Periodicals (1740-1940)
Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) (1973 to present)
Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database (1972 to present)
Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
Index of scholarly and popular journals in film and television from over 30 countries.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (1864 to present)
Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)


Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. AC Frost Reserves PN1993.45 .E53 2005


Encyclopedia of New Media. AC Frost Reserves QA76.575 .E5368 2003


Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. AC Frost Reference Q121 .M3 2007, AC Science Reference Q121 .M3 2012


Encyclopedia of Television. AC Frost Reference PN1992.18 .E53 2004


Pre-Cinema History. AC Frost Reference xTR848 .H38 1993


Professor Johnston's Film and Media Studies vocabulary site


International Encyclopedia of Communications. AC Frost Reference PN1992.18 .E53 2004


Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (online)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (online)

Quick reference source page (statistics, maps, citation information, etc.)

Primary Sources

Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.

Google Patents

Search over 7,000,000 patents

Pictorial Media Archaeology Museum

Media History Digital Library

Digitized media periodicals in the public domain

Popular Mechanics

Full text of the periodical

The Register of Arts, Or, A Compendious View of Some of the Most Useful Modern Discoveries and Inventions (1808). AC Archives & Special Collections Original Library 600 F424r

Limit catalog search to AC Archives & Special Collections and/or within a date range for more primary materials in Special Collections.

Archives & Special Collections also has an objects collection containing various media and instruments. Contact staff to inquire about specific objects.