Film and Media Studies Research Guide

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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 Periodicals 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.
    Full-text backfiles of over two 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.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

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 Web tab of this guide for free resources, and 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.
  • UbuWeb
    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.
  • Moving Image Archive
    Online archive of films, documentaries, educational films, industrial films, home movies, news reels, advertisements and more. Also includes the Prelinger Archives.
  • Open Vault
    WGBH (Boston) public radio and television station's Media Library and Archives, with video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools.
  • European Film Gateway
    Access to film and film-related treasures collected and preserved by 16 European film archives, including photos, posters, programs, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials.
  • Duke Digital Collections
    American advertising from the 1850s through the 1950s.
  • 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.
  • Yale Film Analysis Guide

To find books on filmmaking, try searching for the following subject headings in the library catalog. You will notice other good subject headings as you go.

  • Motion pictures--Production and direction
  • Cinematography
  • Motion picture authorship
  • Motion pictures--Art direction
  • Motion pictures--Editing
  • Motion pictures--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Motion picture acting (see also Acting)
  • Low budget motion pictures
  • Motion picture industry--United States--Finance
  • Motion pictures--Production and direction--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Television--Production and direction
  • Video recordings--Production and direction
  • Digital video--Handbooks, manuals, etc.


    Television on demand : curatorial culture and the transformation of TV (Robinson, MJ (Mary Jean), 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.U5 R63 2017

    Breaking Bad, Breaking Out, Breaking Even (Koch, Gertrud, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B74 K63 2017

    You win or you die : the ancient world of Game of Thrones (Haimson Lushkov, Ayelet, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.G35 H35 2017

    Feminism, gender, and politics in NBC's Parks and Recreation (Engstrom, Erika, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.P2655 E54 2017

    HBO's Treme and post-Katrina catharsis : the mediated rebirth of New Orleans Frost Library; PN1992.77.T77 H36 2017

    Approaching Twin Peaks : critical essays on the original series Frost Library; PN1992.77.T88 A67 2017

    The X-files and philosophy : the truth is in here Frost Library; PN1992.77.X22 X157 2017

    The golden age of Boston television (Knopf, Terry Ann, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.783.B67 K56 2017

    To boldly go : essays on gender and identity in the Star Trek universe Frost Library; PN1992.8.S74 T62 2017

    An unlikely audience : Al Jazeera's struggle in America (Youmans, William Lafi, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.92.A392 Y68 2017

    Film history : an introduction (Thompson, Kristin, 1950-) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A1 T45 2010

    Stars and stardom in Brazilian cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.B6 S725 2017

    Globalization and contemporary Chinese cinema : Zhang Yimou's genre films (Zhou, Xuelin, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C4 Z5758 2017

    Cosmopolitan cinema : cross-cultural encounters in East Asian film (Chan, Felicia, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.E19 C43 2017

    Cinema beyond the city : small-town and rural film culture in Europe Frost Library; PN1993.5.E8 C458 2016

    Homo cinematicus : science, motion pictures, and the making of modern Germany (Killen, Andreas, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 K44 2017

    India's film society movement : the journey and its impact (Cherian, V. K., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 C516 2017

    Voices of the talking stars : women of Indian cinema and beyond Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 V65 2017

    The Israeli defence forces' representation in Israeli cinema : did David betray his soldiers? (Martegani, Fiammetta, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I86 M37 2017

    Early film theories in Italy, 1896-1922 Frost Library; PN1993.5.I88 E27 2017

    A companion to Latin American cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 C64 2017

    Nationbuilding en el cine mexicano : desde la Época de Oro hasta el presente Frost Library; PN1993.5.M4 N38 2015

    Public spectacles of violence (Navitski, Rielle, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.M6 N385 2017

    The cinema of the Soviet thaw : space, materiality, movement (Oukaderova, Lida, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.S65 O85 2017

    Almost Hollywood, nearly New Orleans : the lure of the local film economy (Mayer, Vicki, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U744 M39 2017

    Fade in, crossroads : a history of the southern cinema (Jackson, Robert, 1971 December 17-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U7775 J33 2017

    Film art : an introduction (Bordwell, David, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .B617 2017

    Cinema and narrative complexity : embodying the fabula (Hven, Steffen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .H94 2017

    Film, art, and the third culture : a naturalized aesthetics of film (Smith, Murray, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .S536 2017

    Imperial affects : sensational melodrama and the attractions of American cinema (Eagle, Jonna, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A3 E24 2017

    Opening Wednesday at a theater or drive-in near you : the shadow cinema of the American '70s (Taylor, Charles, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.B2 T39 2017

    British children's cinema : from The thief of Bagdad to Wallace and Gromit (Brown, Noel, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C45 B69 2017

    The children's film : genre, nation and narrative (Brown, Noel, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C45 B76 2017

    Hokum! : the early sound slapstick short and Depression-era mass culture (King, Rob, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 K547 2017

    Stories make the world : reflections on storytelling and the art of the documentary (Most, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 M615 2017

    Immediations : the humanitarian impulse in documentary (Rangan, Pooja, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 R364 2017

    Marvelous bodies : Italy's new migrant cinema (Nathan, Vetri, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E44 N37 2017

    Movies with meaning : existentialism through film (Shaw, Daniel, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E945 S53 2017

    How the essay film thinks (Rascaroli, Laura, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 R37 2017

    Divine horror : essays on the cinematic battle between the sacred and the diabolical Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 D58 2017

    The monster always returns : American horror films and their remakes (Knöppler, Christian, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 K68 2017

    Twisted visions : interviews with cult horror filmmakers Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 T95 2017

    Adjusting the lens : community and collaborative video in Mexico Frost Library; PN1995.9.I49 A35 2017

    Why Harry met Sally (Moss, Joshua Louis, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.J46 M67 2017

    Voices of labor : creativity, craft, and conflict in global Hollywood Frost Library; PN1995.9.L28 C87 2017

    Gestures of love : romancing performance in classical Hollywood cinema (Rybin, Steven, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.L6 R93 2017

    Projecting the world : representing the "foreign" in classical Hollywood Frost Library; PN1995.9.N33 P76 2017

    Promises of citizenship : film recruitment of African Americans in World War II (German, Kathleen M., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 G47 2017

    Race in American film : voices and visions that shaped a nation Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 R33 2017

    Ghettoes, tramps, and welfare queens : down & out on the silver screen (Pimpare, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P63 P56 2017

    Confessional cinema : religion, film, and modernity in Spain's development years, 1960-1975 (Pérez, Jorge, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R4 P47 2017

    Unbecoming cinema : unsettling encounters with ethical event films (Fleming, David H.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 F54 2017

    Queering The Terminator : sexuality and cyborg cinema (Greven, David, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.T455 G74 2017

    American cinema in the shadow of 9 Frost Library; PN1995.9.T46 A44 2017

    Speaking in subtitles : revaluing screen translation (Dwyer, Tessa, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.T685 D89 2017

    Passionate detachments : technologies of vision and violence in American cinema, 1967-1974 (Rust, Amy, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V5 R87 2017

    Troubled everyday : the aesthetics of violence and the everyday in European art cinema (Taylor, Alison, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V5 T39 2017

    Women in the silent cinema : histories of fame and fate (Förster, Annette, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 F672 2017

    Alien. Covenant Frost Library; PN1997 .A373a

    L'avenir = Things to come Frost Library; PN1997 .A9344

    Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont Frost Library; PN1997 .B434

    Blue collar Frost Library; PN1997 .B54

    Call Northside 777 [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .C262

    Cinco de mayo : la batalla Frost Library; PN1997 .C5143

    Dheepan Frost Library; PN1997 .D481b

    Drylongso [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .D7893

    Get out Frost Library; PN1997 .G44793

    Ghost in the shell Frost Library; PN1997 .G49

    Guardians of the galaxy. Vol. 2 Frost Library; PN1997 .G7695a

    Hidden figures Frost Library; PN1997 .H49

    Ixcanul = Volcán Frost Library; PN1997 .I935

    Kimi no na wa [videorecording] = Your name Frost Library; PN1997 .K5353

    Kong : Skull Island Frost Library; PN1997 .K66b

    Law of the border ; Taipei story. Frost Library; PN1997 .L353

    The liberator = Libertador Frost Library; PN1997 .L5153

    Little Children Frost Library; PN1997 .L5554

    Manchester by the sea Frost Library; PN1997 .M3071

    Moana Frost Library; PN1997 .M6354

    Moon [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .M658

    The mummy Frost Library; PN1997 .M7949a

    Pirates of the Caribbean. Dead men tell no tales Frost Library; PN1997 .P5185a

    Resident evil : the final chapter Frost Library; PN1997 .R4365a

    Robots [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .R5678

    The secret of Kells [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .S3524

    Transformers. The last knight Frost Library; PN1997 .T7295a

    Warcraft Frost Library; PN1997 .W334a

    Wonder woman Frost Library; PN1997 .W6475a

    Young soul rebels [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .Y696

    Kubrick's story, Spielberg's film : A.I. Artificial intelligence (Rice, Julian, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; PN1997.2.A24 R53 2017

    La jetée (Darke, Chris, author.) Frost Library; PN1997.J444 D37 2016

    Off the cliff : how the making of Thelma & Louise drove Hollywood to the edge (Aikman, Becky, author.) Frost Library; PN1997.T427 A45 2017

    Bresson on Bresson : interviews, 1943-1983 (Bresson, Robert, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.B755 A5 2016

    Conversations with Buñuel (Aub, Max, 1903-1972, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.B86 A5 2017

    Ida Lupino, director : her art and resilience in times of transition (Grisham, Therese, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.L89 G75 2017

    Days of twilight, nights of frenzy : a memoir (Schroeter, Werner, 1945-2010, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.S359 A313 2017

    Organic cinema : film, architecture, and the work of Béla Tarr (Botz-Bornstein, Thorsten, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.T363 B68 2017

    Wong Kar-Wai : interviews (Wong, Kar-wai, 1958-, interviewee.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.W65 A5 2017

    Warner Bros : the making of an American movie studio (Thomson, David, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; PN1999.W3 T465 2017

    Making believe : screen performance and special effects in popular cinema (Bode, Lisa, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; TR858 .B63 2017

    Amateur movie making : aesthetics of the everyday in New England film, 1915-1960 Frost Library; TR896 .A43 2017