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.


    Television drama in Israel : identities in post-TV culture (Harlap, Itay, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.I75 H37 2017

    Slayers & vampires : the complete uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Buffy & Angel (Gross, Edward (Edward A.) author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B84 G76 2017

    Morta Las Vegas : CSI and the problem of the West (Lewis, Nathaniel, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.C75 L495 2017

    RuPaul's drag race and the shifting visibility of drag culture : the boundaries of reality TV (Brennan, Niall (Niall Patrick), editor.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.R87 B74 2017

    Opening the X-files : a critical history of the original series (Mooney, Darren, 1987- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.X22 M66 2017

    The evolution of Black women in television : mammies, matriarchs and mistresses (Cheers, Imani M., author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.A34 C53 2018

    The anime boom in the United States : lessons for global creative industries (Daliot-Bul, Michal, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.A59 D35 2017

    Killing off the lesbians : a symbolic annihilation on film and television (Millward, Liz, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.L47 M55 2017

    Consumer citizen as a media project : dreaming the reality (Prykhodko, Olena, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.R43 P79 2017

    Telenovelas in pan-Latino context (Erlick, June Carolyn, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.S4 E65 2018

    African film cultures : context of creation and circulation Frost Library; PN1993.5.A35 A37 2017

    Arabic movie Frost Library; PN1993.5.A65 A66

    Early cinema in Asia Frost Library; PN1993.5.A75 E22 2017

    Archiv der Schaulust : eine Geschichte des frühen Kinos in der k.u.k. Ära 1896-1918 Frost Library; PN1993.5.A83 A78 2016

    Space and subjectivity in contemporary Brazilian cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.B6 S69 2017

    Popular cinemas in East Central Europe : film cultures and histories Frost Library; PN1993.5.C28 P67 2017

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

    Mythopoetic cinema : on the ruins of European identity (Ravetto-Biagioli, Kriss, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.E8 R38 2017

    Flic Flac : Aufsätze, Kritiken, Glossen zu Theater, Film und Alltag (Brodnitz, Hanns, 1902-1944.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 B76 2013

    Wiedersehen im Wirtschaftswunder (Frank, Stefanie Mathilde, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 F693 2017

    Divine work, Japanese colonial cinema and its legacy (Taylor-Jones, Kate E, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 T395 2017

    Cosmopolitan film cultures in Latin America, 1896-1960 Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 C68 2017

    Queer Mexico : cinema and television since 2000 (Smith, Paul Julian, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.M4 S65 2017

    Not according to plan : filmmaking under Stalin (Belodubrovskaya, Maria, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 B385 2017

    Socialist senses : film, feeling, and the Soviet subject, 1917-1940 (Widdis, Emma, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 W525 2017

    Ghostly desires : queer sexuality and vernacular Buddhism in contemporary Thai cinema (Fuhrmann, Arnika, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.T5 F847 2016

    Reinventing Hollywood : how 1940s filmmakers changed movie storytelling (Bordwell, David, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 B654 2017

    Localising Hollywood (Donaghue, Courtney Brannon, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 D66 2017

    Cinematic overtures : how to read opening scenes (Insdorf, Annette, author.) Frost Library; PN1994 .I4645 2017

    Film theory and criticism : introductory readings Frost Library; PN1994 .M364 2016

    Are you watching closely? (Friedman, Seth, 1976- author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .F7445 2017

    Cinema's bodily illusions : flying, floating, and hallucinating (Richmond, Scott C., author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .R53 2016

    History on film (Rosenstone, Robert A., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.2 .R665 2018

    Screening the stage (Neale, Stephen, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.25 .N43 2017

    Religion and film : cinema and the re-creation of the world (Plate, S. Brent, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.5 .P53 2017

    Movies and Midrash : popular film and Jewish religious conversation (Zierler, Wendy, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.5 .Z54 2017

    Silent cinema : before the pictures got small (Napper, Lawrence, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.75 .N37 2017

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

    Dead and alive : the body as cinematic thing (Stern, Lesley.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.B62 S74 2012

    The ghost of one's self : doppelgangers in mystery, horror and science fiction films (Meehan, Paul, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D635 M44 2017

    Spectacle of property : the house in American film (Rhodes, John David, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D84 R46 2017

    Egyptomania goes to the movies : from archaeology to popular craze to Hollywood fantasy (Coniam, Matthew, 1973- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E32 C57 2017

    The environmental documentary : cinema activism in the twenty-first century (Duvall, John A., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E78 D88 2017

    Metaphors on vision (Brakhage, Stan, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 B74125 2017

    Other cinemas : politics, culture and experimental film in the 1970s Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 O84 2017

    Urban noir : New York and Los Angeles in shadow and light Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 U73 2017

    Cinematic urban geographies Frost Library; PN1995.9.G38 C56 2017

    The aesthetic pleasures of girl teen film (Colling, Samantha, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.G57 C65 2017

    Martial arts cinema and Hong Kong modernity : aesthetic, representation, circulation (Yip, Man-Fung, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H3 Y56 2017

    The art of horror movies : an illustrated history Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 A68 2017 x

    Italian gothic horror films, 1970-1979 (Curti, Roberto, 1971- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 C87725 2017

    Horror in space : critical essays on a film subgenre Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 H725 2017

    Folk horror : hours dreadful and things strange (Scovell, Adam, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 S346 2017

    Native apparitions : critical perspectives on Hollywood's Indians Frost Library; PN1995.9.I48 N45 2017

    Casting masculinity in Spanish film : negotiating identity in a consumer age (Hartson, Mary, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M34 H37 2017

    Hollywood's spies : the undercover surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles (Rosenzweig, Laura B., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N36 R67 2017

    La Parisienne in cinema : between art and life (Chaplin, Felicity, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P3 C43 2017

    Phenomenology of film : a Heideggerian account of the film experience (Loht, Shawn, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 L64 2017

    Live cinema and its techniques (Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P7 C62 2017

    Scars and wounds : film and legacies of trauma Frost Library; PN1995.9.P7828 S33 2017

    Mixed race cinemas : multiracial dynamics in America and France (Asava, Zélie, 1978- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R23 A83 2017

    Future imperfect : science, fiction, film Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 F85 2017

    Liquid space : science fiction film and television in the digital age (Redmond, Sean, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 R44 2017

    Hollyweird science : the next generation : from spaceships to microchips (Grazier, Kevin R. (Robert), 1961-) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S265 G73 2017

    Lewd looks : American sexploitation cinema in the 1960s (Gorfinkel, Elena, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 G67 2017

    Real sex films : the new intimacy and risk in cinema (Tulloch, John, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S47 T85 2017

    Cinema, state socialism and society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989 : re-visions Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6 C54 2014

    The Hollywood war film : critical observations from World War I to Iraq (Binns, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 B56 2017

    Apocalypse then : American and Japanese atomic cinema, 1951-1967 (Bogue, Mike, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 B64 2017

    Digital platforms and feminist film discourse : women's cinema 2.0 (Maule, Rosanna, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 M3583 2016

    Women in Soviet film : the thaw and post-thaw periods Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 W6655 2018

    Off the page : screenwriting in the era of media convergence (Bernardi, Daniel, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1996 .B467 2017

    Alien. Covenant Frost Library; PN1997 .A373a

    Arrival Frost Library; PN1997 .A7473

    Carnage Frost Library; PN1997 .C36357

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

    Desert hearts Frost Library; PN1997 .D3859

    Eat pray love Frost Library; PN1997 .E2415

    Forasters Frost Library; PN1997 .F584

    The housemaid Frost Library; PN1997 .H686

    Insiang Frost Library; PN1997 .I4861

    Kimi no na wa = Your name Frost Library; PN1997 .K5353a

    Lady Macbeth Frost Library; PN1997 .L235

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

    The liberator = Libertador Frost Library; PN1997 .L5153

    Limite Frost Library; PN1997 .L5412

    Lion Frost Library; PN1997 .L54282

    The mummy Frost Library; PN1997 .M7949a

    Mysterious object at noon Frost Library; PN1997 .M973a

    Personal shopper Frost Library; PN1997 .P4183

    Le petit Nicolas = Little Nicholas Frost Library; PN1997 .P47423

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

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

    Revenge Frost Library; PN1997 .R4748

    Robots [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .R5678

    Le samouraï = The samurai Frost Library; PN1997 .S245a

    Spirit [videorecording] : stallion of the Cimarron Frost Library; PN1997 .S645

    Transformers. The last knight Frost Library; PN1997 .T7295a

    Twin Peaks : fire walk with me Frost Library; PN1997 .T8864

    The war lord Frost Library; PN1997 .W332