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.
  • AFI Catalog
    Production and cast information plus extensive plot summaries for American films from 1893-1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2011.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
    300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
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.


    Bright signals : a history of color television (Murray, Susan, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.U5 M86 2018

    Won't you be my neighbor? Frost Library; PN1992.4.R56 W66

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

    Women in Doctor Who : damsels, feminists and monsters (Frankel, Valerie Estelle, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.D6273 F73 2018

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

    Jessica Jones, scarred superhero : essays on gender, trauma and addiction in the Netflix series Frost Library; PN1992.77.J3635 J48 2018

    Uncovering Stranger things : essays on eighties nostalgia, cynicism and innocence in the series Frost Library; PN1992.77.S77 U53 2018

    Westworld and philosophy : if you go looking for the truth, get the whole thing Frost Library; PN1992.77.W45 W47 2018

    Ancient Greece on British television Frost Library; PN1992.8.H56 A535 2018

    Captive audience : on love and reality TV (Mann, Lucas, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.R43 M36 2018

    Religion and reality TV : faith in late capitalism Frost Library; PN1992.8.R43 R48 2018

    To boldly go : marketing the myth of Star Trek (Baker, Djoymi, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.S74 B35 2018

    Women in STEM on television : critical essays Frost Library; PN1992.8.W65 W66 2018

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

    Argentine cinema and national identity (1966-1976) (Rocha, Carolina, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A7 R63 2017

    Screening transcendence : film under Austrofascism and the Hollywood hope, 1933-1938 (Dassanowsky, Robert, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A83 D377 2018

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

    Metacinema in contemporary Chinese film (Stuckey, G. Andrew, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C4 S78 2018

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

    Stairways to heaven : rebuilding the British film industry (Macnab, Geoffrey, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G7 M33 2018

    Film and identity in Kazakhstan : Soviet and post-Soviet culture in Central Asia (Isaacs, Rico, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.K3 I87 2018

    Parameters of disavowal : colonial representation in South Korean cinema (An, Jinsoo, 1968- author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.K6 A74 2018

    Contemporary Peruvian cinema : history, identity and violence on screen (Barrow, Sarah, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.P4 B37 2018

    No end in sight : Polish cinema in the late socialist period (Krakus, Anna, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.P7 K73 2018

    Searching for new frontiers : Hollywood films in the 1960s (Worland, Rick, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 W67 2018

    Metafilm : materialist rhetoric and reflexive cinema (Carter, Christopher, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .C3583 2018

    The image in early cinema : form and material (International Domitor Conference (14th : 2014 : Chicago, Ill.; Evanston, Ill.)) Frost Library; PN1995.25 .I43 2014

    Moving pictures, still lives : film, new media, and the late twentieth century (Tweedie, James, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.25 .T94 2018

    Projektionen der Moral : Filmskandale in der Weimarer Republik (Nowak, Kai, 1977- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.5 .N68 2015

    The limits of auteurism : case studies in the critically constructed new Hollywood (Godfrey, Nicholas, 1986-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A837 G64 2018

    Comics and adaptation Frost Library; PN1995.9.C36 C665 2018

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

    Architectures of revolt : the cinematic city circa 1968 Frost Library; PN1995.9.C513 A73 2018

    The comedy studies reader Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 C664 2018

    Title sequences as paratexts : narrative anticipation and recapitulation (Betancourt, Michael, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C65 B48 2018

    American music documentary : five case studies of ciné-ethnomusicology (Harbert, Benjamin J., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 H295 2018

    Org Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 B87

    Through the skin : a film about love, lithium, and gym teachers Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 M66

    Lonesome cowboys [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 W385

    Film noir prototypes Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 F565 2018

    Global finance on screen : from Wall Street to side street Frost Library; PN1995.9.F545 G56 2018

    Fairytale and gothic horror : uncanny transformations in film (Hubner, Laura, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 H759 2018

    Haunted families and temporal normativity in Hispanic horror films : troubling timelines (St-Georges, Charles, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 S75 2018

    Melodrama unbound : across history, media, and national cultures (Conference "Screen Melodrama – Global Perspectives" (2013 : New York, N.Y.), author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M45 M44 2018

    The encyclopedia of racism in American films Frost Library; PN1995.9.M56 E53 2018

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

    That was entertainment : the golden age of the MGM musical (Dick, Bernard F., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M86 D53 2018

    Politics goes to the movies : Hollywood, Europe, and beyond (Kolker, Robert Phillip, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 K65 2018

    I find your lack of faith disturbing : Star Wars and the triumph of geek culture (Jameson, A. D., 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S695 J35 2018

    Avengers assemble! : critical perspectives on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McSweeney, Terence, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S76 A93 2018

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

    Bell, book and camera : a critical history of witches in American film and television (Greene, Heather, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W583 G74 2018

    Alternative scriptwriting : beyond the Hollywood formula (Dancyger, Ken.) Frost Library; PN1996 .D36 2013

    Short films : writing the screenplay (Nash, Patrick.) Frost Library; PN1996 .N285 2012

    Afrique sur Seine Frost Library; PN1997 .A319

    Annihilation Frost Library; PN1997 .A558

    The ballad of Gregorio Cortez Frost Library; PN1997 .B3483

    Bull Durham Frost Library; PN1997 .B845a

    Call me by your name Frost Library; PN1997 .C257

    Coco Frost Library; PN1997 .C5843

    The death of Stalin Frost Library; PN1997 .D381748

    The doctor Frost Library; PN1997 .D5881

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

    Female trouble Frost Library; PN1997 .F423

    First reformed Frost Library; PN1997 .F4788

    The Florida project Frost Library; PN1997 .F5185

    Graduation Frost Library; PN1997 .G667

    Guddi Frost Library; PN1997 .G765

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

    Isle of dogs Frost Library; PN1997 .I784

    Kaagaz ke phool = Kāgaza ke phūla Frost Library; PN1997 .K23

    Long men ke zhan Frost Library; PN1997 .L5818c

    Lucky Frost Library; PN1997 .L835

    Mad Max beyond Thunderdome Frost Library; PN1997 .M22a

    Manifesto Frost Library; PN1997 .M322

    A matter of life and death Frost Library; PN1997 .M38715

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

    Memorias del subdesarrollo = Memories of underdevelopment Frost Library; PN1997 .M4463

    Midnight cowboy Frost Library; PN1997 .M5085

    Much loved = Zīn lī fīk Frost Library; PN1997 .M773

    Una mujer fantástica = A fantastic woman Frost Library; PN1997 .M79364a

    The other side of hope Frost Library; PN1997 .O8495

    Parinda Frost Library; PN1997 .P28375

    Rangeela Frost Library; PN1997 .R363

    Run & jump Frost Library; PN1997 .R782

    Sex, lies, and videotape Frost Library; PN1997 .S43a

    Smithereens Frost Library; PN1997 .S562

    Spider-man. Homecoming Frost Library; PN1997 .S6215a

    Stanley and Livingstone Frost Library; PN1997 .S7153

    El sur = The south Frost Library; PN1997 .S9192a

    Thor. Ragnarok Frost Library; PN1997 .T4749a

    The tree of life Frost Library; PN1997 .T6848

    Viola Frost Library; PN1997 .V48148

    West Beyrouth Frost Library; PN1997 .W429

    Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory Frost Library; PN1997 .W536

    Zama Frost Library; PN1997 .Z3235

    (Post)colonial histories Frost Library; PN1997.2.M897 P67 2017

    Notes from the upside down : an unofficial guide to Stranger things (Adams, Guy, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN1997.2.S77 A335 2017

    Hauru no ugoku shiro (Jones, Diana Wynne.) Frost Library; PN1997.5 .T648 2004

    Channeling : an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits Frost Library; PN1997.A1 C4892