Film and Media Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
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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 Periodical 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.
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles of over one 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.
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 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.

Letterman : the last giant of late night (Zinoman, Jason, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.4.L39 Z56 2017

Reading American Horror Story : essays on the television franchise Frost Library; PN1992.77.A5255 R43 2017

Philosophy and Breaking bad Frost Library; PN1992.77.B74 P45 2017

Reconsidering roots : race, politics, and memory Frost Library; PN1992.77.R5575 R43 2017

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

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

The American television critic : a history (Crawley, Melissa, 1971- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C7 C73 2017

Food television and otherness in the age of globalization (Kelly, Casey Ryan, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.F66 K45 2017

Soap opera confidential Frost Library; PN1992.8.S4 S573 2017

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

Girlhood on Disney Channel : branding, celebrity, and femininity (Blue, Morgan Genevieve, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.92.D56 B58 2017

The Flaherty : decades in the cause of independent cinema (Zimmermann, Patricia Rodden, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.43.F43 Z56 2017

The queer film festival : popcorn and politics (Richards, Stuart James, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.44.G39 R53 2016

African filmmaking : five formations Frost Library; PN1993.5.A35 A366 2017

Cuban film media, late socialism, and the public sphere : imperfect aesthetics (Balaisis, Nicholas, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C8 B35 2016

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

Cinematography in the Weimar Republic : Lola Lola, Dirty singles, and the men who shot them (St. Pierre, Paul Matthew, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 S765 2016

Bollywood (Raghavendra, M. K., author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 R271 2016

Seduced by the familiar : narration and meaning in Indian popular cinema (Raghavendra, M. K., author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 R272 2015

Cultural specificity in Indonesian film : diversity in unity (Hanan, David, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I84 H36 2017

Gender and Islam in Indonesian cinema (Izharuddin, Alicia, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I84 I94 2017

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

Italian style : fashion & film from early cinema to the digital age (Paulicelli, Eugenia, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I88 P38 2016

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

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

Film and cinema : past, present and future perspectives Frost Library; PN1994 .F43816 2017

Hollywood aesthetic : pleasure in American cinema (Berliner, Todd, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .B3655 2017

Awake in the dark : the best of Roger Ebert : reviews, essays, and interviews (Ebert, Roger, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .E313 2017

The language of film (Edgar-Hunt, Robert.) Frost Library; PN1995 .E34 2010

El lenguaje cinematográfico (Edgar-Hunt, Robert, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .E34518 2016

Film as philosophy Frost Library; PN1995 .F457545 2017

The off-screen : an investigation of the cinematic frame (Peretz, Eyal, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .P396 2017

After unique- ness : a history of film and video art in circulation (Balsom, Erika, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A8 B35 2017

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

Introduction to documentary (Nichols, Bill, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 N539 2017

Introducción al documental (Nichols, Bill, 1942-) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 N53918 2013

Negotiating dissidence : the pioneering women of Arab documentary (Van de Peer, Stefanie, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 V283 2017

Essays on the essay film Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 E88 2017

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

Film noir : a critical introduction (Brookes, Ian, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 B78 2017

Film noir : light and shadow Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 F56 2017

Gay pornography : representations of sexuality and masculinity (Mercer, John (Lecturer in film and media studies), author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.G35 M47 2017

Consuming gothic : food and horror in film (Piatti-Farnell, Lorna, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 P457 2017

Tracing the borders of Spanish horror cinema and television Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 T7 2017

Transnational horror cinema : bodies of excess and the global grotesque Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 T735 2016

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

Black children in Hollywood cinema : cast in shadow (Olson, Debbie C., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 O47 2017

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

Transnational film remakes Frost Library; PN1995.9.R45 T83 2017

The Latin American (counter-) road movie and ambivalent modernity (Lie, Nadia, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R63 L54 2017

Spanish erotic cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 S63 2017

Bodies in suspense : time and affect in cinema (Thain, Alanna Michael, 1973- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S668 T47 2017

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

Disappearing war : interdisciplinary perspectives on cinema and erasure in the post-9 Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 D57 2017

Latin American women filmmakers : production, politics, poetics Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 L375 2017

American pastoral Frost Library; PN1997 .A4635

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

Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont Frost Library; PN1997 .B434

Bridget Jones's baby Frost Library; PN1997 .B728

Call Northside 777 Frost Library; PN1997 .C262

Dheepan Frost Library; PN1997 .D481b

Doctor Strange Frost Library; PN1997 .D58801

The eyes of my mother Frost Library; PN1997 .E975

Fantastic beasts and where to find them Frost Library; PN1997 .F36412

Fatima Frost Library; PN1997 .F3764

Get out Frost Library; PN1997 .G44793

Ghost world Frost Library; PN1997 .G4861

Ghost in the shell Frost Library; PN1997 .G49

The girl with all the gifts Frost Library; PN1997 .G5786

Ixcanul = Volcán Frost Library; PN1997 .I935

Jackie Frost Library; PN1997 .J283

Tampopo = Dandelion Frost Library; PN1997 .J951a

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

La La Land Frost Library; PN1997 .L12

Lang ist der Weg Frost Library; PN1997 .L264

Liebelei Frost Library; PN1997 .L5276

A life less ordinary Frost Library; PN1997 .L5335

Logan Frost Library; PN1997 .L56964

Moana Frost Library; PN1997 .M6354

Moon [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .M658

Paterson Frost Library; PN1997 .P321

Prima della rivoluzione Frost Library; PN1997 .P69331

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu? Frost Library; PN1997 .Q46

Rogue One Frost Library; PN1997 .R6386

De rouille et d'os = Rust and bone Frost Library; PN1997 .R6778

Rumble fish Frost Library; PN1997 .R7674

Showgirls [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .S4924

Split Frost Library; PN1997 .S653

Toni Erdmann Frost Library; PN1997 .T652

20th century women Frost Library; PN1997 .T864

Westworld Frost Library; PN1997 .W44334

Milk Frost Library; PN1997 M525

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

The man who knew too much (Pomerance, Murray, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; PN1997.M2966 P66 2016

J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon : duel for media master of the universe (Sterba, Wendy, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.A27 S84 2017

Sweet and lowdown : Woody Allen's cinema of regret (Michaels, Lloyd, author.) Frost Library; PN1998.3.A45 M53 2017

Stan Brakhage : interviews Frost Library; PN1998.3.B74 A5 2017