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.
  • LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
    LexisNexis Academic provides the full text of over 200 publications with news and information on the entertainment industry.
  • 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
  • Directors Notes
    Interviews with and articles about filmmakers and film process.

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.


    We now disrupt this broadcast (Lotz, Amanda D., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.U5 L685 2018

    Television, democracy, and the mediatization of Chilean politics (Salazar, Harry L. Simón, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.6 .S25 2018

    TV writing on demand : creating great content in the digital era (Landau, Neil, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.7 .L25 2018

    Most dramatic ever : The Bachelor (Showler, Suzannah, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B245 S56 2018

    Bachelor nation : inside the world of America's guilty pleasure (Kaufman, Amy (Journalist), author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B334 K38 2018

    Frasier : a cultural history (Darowski, Joseph J., author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.F72 D38 2017

    Saturday Night Live and the 1976 presidential election : a new voice enters campaign politics (Horner, William T., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S273 H46 2018

    All the pieces matter : the inside story of The Wire (Abrams, Jonathan P. D., 1984- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.W53 A27 2018

    The 25 sitcoms that changed television : turning points in American culture Frost Library; PN1992.8.C66 A16 2018

    The queer fantasies of the American family sitcom (Pugh, Tison, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C66 P84 2018

    Latinas and Latinos on TV : colorblind comedy in the post-racial network era (Molina-Guzmán, Isabel, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.H54 M65 2018

    The new gay for pay : the sexual politics of American television production (Himberg, Julia, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.H64 H56 2017

    Stealing the show : how women are revolutionizing television (Press, Joy, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.W65 P74 2018

    Open TV : innovation beyond Hollywood and the rise of web television (Christian, Aymar Jean, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.926.P76 C55 2017

    Roots of the new Arab film (Armes, Roy, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A65 A77 2018

    Early film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories Frost Library; PN1993.5.C4 E28 2018

    The French cinema book Frost Library; PN1993.5.F7 F72 2018

    Behind the scenes : contemporary bollywood directors and their cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 B383 2017

    Dancing with the nation : courtesans in Bombay cinema (Vanita, Ruth, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 V3 2018

    Japanese cinema between frames (Lee, Laura, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 L45 2017

    New transnationalisms in contemporary Latin American cinemas (Tierney, Dolores, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 T54 2018

    Mexican transnational cinema and literature Frost Library; PN1993.5.M4 M463 2017

    Nigerian film culture and the idea of the nation : Nollywood and national narration Frost Library; PN1993.5.N55 N554 2017

    The voice of technology : Soviet cinema's transition to sound, 1928-1935 (Kaganovsky, Lilya, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 K28 2018

    Popular tropes of identity in contemporary Russian television and film (Souch, Irina, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 S525 2017

    The making and unmaking of Francoist kitsch cinema : from Raza to Pan's Labyrinth (Yarza, Alejandro, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.S7 Y37 2018

    Six Turkish filmmakers (Raw, Laurence, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.T8 R39 2017

    Show trial : Hollywood, HUAC, and the birth of the blacklist (Doherty, Thomas Patrick, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 D53 2018

    Demographic angst : cultural narratives and American films of the 1950s (Nadel, Alan, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 N34 2018

    The big picture : the fight for the future of movies (Fritz, Ben, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 F76 2018

    Histories on screen : the past and present in Anglo-American cinema and television Frost Library; PN1995.2 .H575 2018

    The audience effect : on the collective cinema experience (Hanich, Julian, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A8 H36 2018

    Everybody sing! : community singing in the American picture palace (Morgan-Ellis, Esther M., 1984- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A8 M67 2018

    Magnificent obsession : the outrageous history of film buffs, collectors, scholars, and fanatics (Slide, Anthony, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A8 S57 2018

    Building character : the art and science of casting (Cook, Amy, 1970- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C34 C66 2018

    Citing China : politics, postmodernism, and world cinema (Marchetti, Gina, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C47 M37 2018

    Mock classicism : Latin American film comedy, 1930-1960 (Couret, Nilo, 1984- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 C687 2018

    Specters of slapstick & silent film comediennes (Hennefeld, Maggie, 1984- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 H46 2018

    Comic Venus : women and comedy in American silent film (Wagner, Kristen Anderson, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 W34 2018

    Death in documentaries : the memento mori experience (Bennett-Carpenter, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D37 B46 2018

    Los Angeles documentary and the production of public history, 1958-1977 (Glick, Joshua, 1983- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 G54 2018

    Disfronteras de la isla (Rivero Socarrás, Maribel, 1976- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E5 R5 2016

    Org Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 B87

    The Chelsea girls : Andy's people Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W37

    Andy Warhol : 4 silent movies Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W38

    Lonesome cowboys Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W385

    My hustler : I a Man Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W387

    The nude restaurant Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W39

    Women in European Holocaust films : perpetrators, victims and resisters (Lewis, Ingrid, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H53 L49 2017

    Gothic dissections in film and literature : the body in parts (Conrich, Ian, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 C66 2017

    The modern British horror film (Gerrard, Steven, 1970- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 G385 2017

    Hong Kong horror cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 H66 2018

    It's alive! : classic horror and sci-fi movie posters from the Kirk Hammett Collection Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 I87 2017 x

    A place of darkness : the rhetoric of horror in early American cinema (Phillips, Kendall R., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 P438 2018

    The birth of the American horror film (Rhodes, Gary Don, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 R49 2018

    Monster cinema (Grant, Barry Keith, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M6 G69 2018

    Japan's green monsters : environmental commentary in Kaiju cinema (Rhoads, Sean, 1985- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M6 R46 2018

    Unconventional warriors : the fantasy of the American resistance fighter in television and film (Hill, Matthew B., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N34 H55 2018

    Film and the natural environment : elements and atmospheres (O'Brien, Adam, 1982-) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N38 O27 2018

    Where no Black woman has gone before : subversive portrayals in speculative film and TV (Mafe, Diana Adesola, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 M25 2018

    Pagen in der Traumfabrik : schwarze Komparsen im deutschen Spielfilm : ein Film Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 P348

    Black masculinity and the cinema of policing (Sexton, Jared, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 S49 2017

    Jolted images : (unbound analytic) (Levi, Pavle, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 L38 2017

    Political theory and film : from Adorno to Žižek (Fraser, Ian, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 F73 2018

    Civil servants on the silver screen : Hollywood's depiction of government and bureaucrats (Pautz, Michelle C., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 P38 2018

    Media heterotopias : digital effects and material labor in global film production (Chŏng, Hye-jin, 1976- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P7 C466 2017

    Transpacific attachments : sex work, media networks, and affective histories of Chineseness (Wong, Lily, 1983- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P76 W66 2018

    Film remakes and franchises (Herbert, Daniel, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R45 H43 2017

    Indie science fiction cinema today : conversations with 21st century filmmakers (Fernandez-Vander Kaay, Kathleen, 1979- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 F35 2018

    Comic book movies (Davis, Blair, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S76 D38 2018

    Technology and film scholarship : experience, study, theory Frost Library; PN1995.9.T43 T43 2018

    In the shadow of the bomb (Heffernan, Niall, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 H444 2018

    Contemporary women's cinema, global scenarios and transnational contexts Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 C63 2017

    Pink-slipped : what happened to the women in the silent film industries? (Gaines, Jane, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 G33 2018

    Gender and patriarchy in the films of Muslim nations (Owen, Patricia R., 1946- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 O87 2018

    Neo-Victorianism on screen : postfeminism and contemporary adaptations of Victorian women (Primorac, Antonija, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 P78 2018

    Nobody's girl Friday : the women who ran Hollywood (Smyth, J. E., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 S639 2018

    Afrique sur Seine Frost Library; PN1997 .A319

    The age of innocence Frost Library; PN1997 .A333

    The awful truth Frost Library; PN1997 .A977a

    Baal Frost Library; PN1997 .B232

    Les choristes Frost Library; PN1997 .C477a

    Dead man Frost Library; PN1997 .D38154a

    Despicable me 3 Frost Library; PN1997 .D3893b

    The doctor Frost Library; PN1997 .D5881

    După dealuri = Beyond the hills Frost Library; PN1997 .D867a

    Eien no zero = The eternal zero Frost Library; PN1997 .E328

    Female trouble Frost Library; PN1997 .F423

    The Florida project Frost Library; PN1997 .F5185

    Graduation Frost Library; PN1997 .G667

    L'Apollonide : souvenirs de la maison close = House of pleasures Frost Library; PN1997 .H6852

    I, Tonya Frost Library; PN1997 .I8293

    Kamikaze : moriremos por los que amamos Frost Library; PN1997 .K3292

    King of jazz Frost Library; PN1997 .K5542

    Lady Bird Frost Library; PN1997 .L199

    Maynila, sa mga kuko ng liwanag = Manila, in the claws of light Frost Library; PN1997 .M3925

    Midnight cowboy Frost Library; PN1997 .M5085

    Murder on the Orient Express Frost Library; PN1997 .M7985

    The other side of hope Frost Library; PN1997 .O8495

    The passion of Joan of Arc Frost Library; PN1997 .P297a