Film and Media Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
    Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
    Index of scholarly and popular journals in film and television from over 30 countries.
  • Film Index International
    Provides indexing for thousands of films from the silent era to the latest blockbusters, with searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists.
  • FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database (1972 to present)
    Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.
  • Performing arts database (1864 to present)
    Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.
  • Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
    Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • OpinionArchives
    Searchable full-text archives for 17 periodicals (Harper's, Commonweal, Dissent, the New Yorker, the National Review, and more) known for commentaries and reviews on politics, culture, and the arts.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
  • Ubu-Web
    Large web-based educational resource for avant-garde material.
  • Television News Archive (1968 to present)
    Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
  • Experimental Television Center Video History Project
  • IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
  • Museum of the Moving Image collection catalog
    Catalog of museum images and artifacts related to producing, promoting, and exhibiting motion pictures, television, and digital media.
  • Media History Digital Library (Lantern)
    Open access co-production of the Media History Digital Library and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts. Provides access to digitized texts from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.
  • AP Images
    Contemporary and historical news and culture photographs from Associated Press. Also available are audio files from the 1920s to the present, Associated Press news stories from 1997 forward, and a collection of maps, charts/graphs, logos, illustrations).
  • Open Culture
    Free cultural and educational media, including special collections of Oscar-winning movies, and films by Andrei Tarkovsky, Charlie Chaplin, and others.
  • Open Vault
    WGBH (Boston) public radio and television station's Media Library and Archives, with video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools.
  • Duke Digital Collections
    American advertising from the 1850s through the 1950s.
  • European Film Gateway
    Access to film and film-related treasures collected and preserved by 16 European film archives.
  • Pictorial Media Archaeology Museum
    Online Media Museum of “intriguing and mostly forgotten Early Vintage Visual Media.”
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)
    Catalog of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. Materials available to researchers at WGBH (Boston) and Library of Congress.

Studs Terkel : politics, culture, but mostly conversation (Wieder, Alan, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; PN1990.72.T4 W54 2016

German television : historical and theoretical approaches Frost Library; PN1992.3.G4 G465 2016

Television beyond and across the Iron Curtain Frost Library; PN1992.3.R8 T45 2016

Breaking down Breaking Bad : critical perspectives Frost Library; PN1992.77.B74 B76 2016

The Daily Show (the book) (Smith, Chris (Editor), author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.D28 S65 2016

The ultimate Game of Thrones and philosophy : you think or die Frost Library; PN1992.77.G35 U48 2017

Language and manipulation in House of Cards : a pragma-stylistic perspective (Sorlin, Sandrine, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.H634 S67 2016

Mad men : the death and redemption of American democracy Frost Library; PN1992.77.M226 M3365 2016

La cuisine en spectacle : les émissions de recettes à la télévision française (1953-2012) (Roger, Olivier, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C68 R65 2016

Film festivals : history, theory, method, practice Frost Library; PN1993.4 .F477 2016

A Flickering truth Frost Library; PN1993.5.A33 F54

An accented cinema : exilic and diasporic filmmaking (Naficy, Hamid.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.D44 N34 2001

Rethinking Third Cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.D44 R48 2003

Screening European heritage : creating and consuming history on film Frost Library; PN1993.5.E8 S38 2016

European art cinema (White, John, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.E8 W48 2017

Continuity and crisis in German cinema, 1928-1936 Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 C6595 2016

Indian cinema : a very short introduction (Rajadhyaksha, Ashish, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 R2773 2016

House full : Indian cinema and the active audience (Srinivas, Lakshmi, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 S674 2016

The Japan Film Center presents Kurosawa, a retrospective (Japan Society (New York, N.Y.). Japan Film Center.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 J36 1981

Film and television genres of the late Soviet era (Prokhorov, Alexander, 1965- author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.S65 P75 2017

The Spanish fantastic : contemporary filmmaking in horror, fantasy and sci-fi (Rowan-Legg, Shelagh M. (Shelagh Madeline), 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.S7 R69 2016

Screening the sixties : hollywood cinema and the politics of memory (Gruner, Oliver, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 G82 2016

Indie reframed : women's filmmaking and contemporary American independent cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 I53 2016

Film criticism and digital cultures : journalism, social media and the democratisation of opinion (McWhirter, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .M39 2016

Nollywood : the creation of Nigerian film genres (Haynes, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.67.N6 H39 2016

The ordinary man of cinema (Schefer, Jean Louis, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C36 S313 2016

Global cinematic cities : new landscapes of film and media Frost Library; PN1995.9.C513 G67 2016

Regarding life : animals and the documentary moving image (Smaill, Belinda, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 S555 2016

The essay film : dialogue, politics, utopia Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 E87 2016

Out of the past : Lacan and film noir (Tyrer, Ben, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 T97 2016

Unspeakable histories : film and the experience of catastrophe (Guynn, William Howard, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H5 G85 2016

Past imperfect : history according to the movies Frost Library; PN1995.9.H5 P37 1996

Queer cinema in the world (Schoonover, Karl, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H55 S37 2016

New Maricón cinema : outing Latin American film (Venkatesh, Vinodh, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H55 V46 2016

Queer horror film and television : sexuality and masculinity at the margins (Elliott-Smith, Darren, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 E45 2016

Monsters, demons and psychopaths : psychiatry and horror film (Forcen, Fernando Espi, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 F53 2017

Post-9 (McCollum, Victoria, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 M38 2017

The turn to gruesomeness in American horror films, 1931-1936 (Towlson, Jon, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 T695 2016

Descended from Hercules : biopolitics and the muscled male body on screen (Rushing, Robert A., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M34 R87 2016

Melodrama after the tears : new perspectives on the politics of victimhood Frost Library; PN1995.9.M45 M45 2016

Beyond blaxploitation Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 B49 2016

Film blackness : American cinema and the idea of black film (Gillespie, Michael Boyce, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 G55 2016

New York City and the Hollywood musical : dancing in the streets (Shearer, Martha, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N49 S54 2016

The art of the B-movie poster Frost Library; PN1995.9.P5 A775 2016 x

Hecho en Cuba Frost Library; PN1995.9.P5 H43 2016

Frederick Jameson and the Wolf of Wall Street (Burnham, Clint, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 B86 2016

The "disguised" political film in contemporary Hollywood : a genre's construction (Kaklamanidou, Betty, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 K272 2016

Action! : Professor Know-it-all's illustrated guide to film & video making (Brown, Bill, 1969-) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P7 B76 2012

Critical flicker fusion : psychoanalysis at the movies (Fried, William, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P783 F75 2017

Cinema of simulation : hyperreal Hollywood in the long 1990s (Laist, Randy, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R3 L35 2016

Close encounters between Bible and film : an interdisciplinary engagement Frost Library; PN1995.9.R4 C56 2016

The British school film (Glynn, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S253 G54 2016

Grindhouse : cultural exchange on 42nd Street, and beyond Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 G75 2016

Serial narratives Frost Library; PN1995.9.S3 S47 2014

Smutty little movies : the creation and regulation of adult video (Alilunas, Peter, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 A44 2016

Disposable passions : vintage pornography and the material legacies of adult cinema (Church, David, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 D38 2016

Cinemas and cinemagoing in wartime Britain, 1939 -45 : the utility dream palace (Farmer, Richard, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6 F37 2016

Ghost movies in Southeast Asia and beyond : narratives, cultural contexts, audiences Frost Library; PN1995.9.S8 G48 2016

Tōkyō dorifutā (Matsue, Tetsuaki, 1977- producer 松江哲明, 1977- producer) Frost Library; PN1995.9.T64 M37

Gender in the vampire narrative Frost Library; PN1995.9.V3 G464 2016

Envisioning Black feminist voodoo aesthetics : African spirituality in American cinema (Martin, Kameelah L., 1978-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V66 M37 2016

From reverence to rape : the treatment of women in the movies (Haskell, Molly, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 H3 2016

Never done : a history of women's work in media production (Hill, Erin, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 H545 2016

Italy's Other Women : Gender and Prostitution in Italian Cinema, 1940-1965 (Hipkins, Danielle, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 H56 2016

Female narratives in Nollywood melodramas (Johnson, Elizabeth, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 J55 2016

Feminist film theory and Pretty Woman (Ruti, Mari, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 R88 2016

Agassi = The handmaiden Frost Library; PN1997 .A32187

Alice through the looking glass Frost Library; PN1997 .A3646

The asphalt jungle Frost Library; PN1997 .A76393

Aya de Yopougon Frost Library; PN1997 .A9792

Bad moms Frost Library; PN1997 .B2888

Beurouth, oh Beyrouth = Beirut, oh Beirut. Frost Library; PN1997 .B4286

Boyhood Frost Library; PN1997 .B63242

Children of men Frost Library; PN1997 .C46786

Cronos [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .C7585a

Down to Earth Frost Library; PN1997 .D68257

Equity Frost Library; PN1997 .E6657

El espinazo del diablo [videorecording] = The devil's backbone Frost Library; PN1997 .E732

Evil bong Frost Library; PN1997 .E889

Finding Dory Frost Library; PN1997 .F4722

Fire song Frost Library; PN1997 .F4774

The fits Frost Library; PN1997 .F482a

Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! Frost Library; PN1997 .G3614

Green room Frost Library; PN1997 .G69393

Hell or high water Frost Library; PN1997 .H4386

His girl Friday Frost Library; PN1997 .H545a

Hors la vie [videorecording] = Out of life. Frost Library; PN1997 .H66795

100% no onna no ko [videorecording] ; Panya shūgeki = A girl, she is 100 percent ; Attack on the ba Frost Library; PN1997 .H977

Ice age. Collision course Frost Library; PN1997 .I223

Im Labyrinth des Schweigens = Labyrinth of lies Frost Library; PN1997 .I3983

Independence day. Resurgence Frost Library; PN1997 .I443

Inferno Frost Library; PN1997 .I47454

The jungle book Frost Library; PN1997 .J8692

Kiss of the dragon Frost Library; PN1997 .K5677

Kubo and the two strings Frost Library; PN1997 .K7914

El laberinto del fauno Frost Library; PN1997 .L143a

The legend of Tarzan Frost Library; PN1997 .L4412

Liban, le pays du miel et de l'encens = Lebanon, the land of honey and incense. Frost Library; PN1997 .L515

Lone wolf and cub Frost Library; PN1997 .L577

The man who knew infinity Frost Library; PN1997 .M296