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Film and Media Studies Research Guide

Sara Smith
Arts and Humanities Librarian

A Frost Library
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Books | Databases | Reference | Web Resources


FIAF Index to Film Periodicals (1972 to present)
Index of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.

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.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

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.


Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.

Web Resources

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 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.”