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 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.
  • Ubu-Web
    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.

Studs Terkel : politics, culture, but mostly conversation (Wieder, Alan, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; PN1990.72.T4 W54 2016

TV socialism (Imre, Anikó, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.E8 I47 2016

German television : historical and theoretical approaches Frost Library; PN1992.3.G4 G465 2016

Spectacular television : exploring televisual pleasure (Wheatley, Helen, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.55 .W44 2016

War & peace : the complete miniseries Frost Library; PN1992.77 .W38

Breaking down Breaking Bad : critical perspectives Frost Library; PN1992.77.B74 B76 2016

I'm Buffy and you're history : Buffy the vampire slayer and contemporary feminism (Pender, Patricia, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B84 P46 2016

Language and manipulation in House of Cards : a pragma-stylistic perspective (Sorlin, Sandrine, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.H634 S67 2016

In my humble opinion : My so-called life (Roberts, Soraya, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.M9 R63 2016

Feminist perspectives on Orange is the new black : thirteen critical essays Frost Library; PN1992.77.O735 F46 2016

Orphan black and philosophy : grand theft DNA Frost Library; PN1992.77.O75 O77 2016

Seinfeldia : how a show about nothing changed everything (Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S4285 A86 2016

The politics of Star trek : justice, war, and the future (Gonzalez, George A., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S73 G66 2015

The fifty-year mission (Gross, Edward (Edward A.) author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S73 G76 2016

The walking dead live! : essays on the television show Frost Library; PN1992.77.W25 W33 2016

Single season sitcoms of the 1980s : a complete guide (Leszczak, Bob, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C66 L475 2016

Men with stakes : masculinity and the gothic in US television (Wright, Julia M., author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.M38 W75 2016

Time on TV : narrative time, time travel and time travellers in popular television culture Frost Library; PN1992.9.T56 T56 2016

Film festivals : history, theory, method, practice Frost Library; PN1993.4 .F477 2016

Contemporary African cinema (Barlet, Olivier, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A35 B36813 2016

The promise of cinema : German film theory, 1907-1933 Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 P765 2016

New British cinema from Submarine to 12 Years a Slave : the resurgence of British film-making (Wood, Jason.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.G7 W59 2015

Filming horror : Hindi cinema, ghosts and ideologies (Mubarki, Meraj Ahmed, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I8 M65 2016

Iranian film and Persian fiction (Ghanoonparvar, M. R. (Mohammad R.) author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I846 G47 2016

The Japan Film Center presents Kurosawa, a retrospective (Japan Society (New York, N.Y.). Japan Film Center.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 J36 1981

Japanese film and the floating mind : cinematic contemplations of being (Vicari, Justin, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 V53 2016

Sovereign violence : ethics and South Korean cinema in the new millennium (Choe, Steve, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.K6 C56 2016

The Latin American road movie Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 L38 2016

A companion to Russian cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 C64 2016

Life moves pretty fast (Freeman, Hadley, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 F75 2016

New uses of Bourdieu in film and media studies Frost Library; PN1994 .N487 2016

Embodied encounters : new approaches to psychoanalysis and cinema Frost Library; PN1995 .E63 2015

Projections of memory : romanticism, modernism, and the aesthetics of film (Suchenski, Richard I., author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .S7795 2016

Outsiders : American photography and film 1950s-1980s Frost Library; PN1995.25 .O98 2016

Off to the pictures : cinema-going, women's writing and movie culture in interwar Britain (Stead, Lisa, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.3 .S737 2016

The multilingual screen : new reflections on cinema and linguistic difference Frost Library; PN1995.4 .M85 2016

Designing sound : audiovisual aesthetics in 1970s American cinema (Beck, Jay, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.7 .B43 2016

It came from the 80s! : interviews with 124 cult filmmakers (Borseti, Francesco, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.B2 B67 2016

The ordinary man of cinema (Schefer, Jean Louis, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C36 S313 2016

Fantasies of neglect : imagining the urban child in American film and fiction (Wojcik, Pamela Robertson, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C45 W58 2016

Filming the city : urban documents, design practices and social criticism through the lens Frost Library; PN1995.9.C513 F55 2016

Motion pictures and the image of the city : a documentary interpretation (Hao, Xiaofei.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C513 H36 2016

Cult film as a guide to life : fandom, adaptation, and identity (Hunter, I. Q., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C84 H86 2016

Capital and popular cinema : the dollars are coming! (Vitali, Valentina, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C84 V58 2016

Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 L38 2016

The documentary diaries : working experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker (Rosenthal, Alan, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 R635 2016

Visions of development : Films Division of India and the imagination of progress, 1948-75 (Sutoris, Peter, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 S86 2016

Queer sexualities in early film : cinema and male-male intimacy (Brown, Shane, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H55 B76 2016

French and Spanish queer film : audiences, communities and cultural exchange (Perriam, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H55 P4672 2016

Italian horror cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 I53 2016

Little horrors : how cinema's evil children play on our guilt (Kord, T. S., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 K67 2016

Gender and sexuality in Latin American horror cinema : embodiments of evil (Subero, Gustavo, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 S83 2016

The complexity and progression of black representation in film and television (Moody, David L., 1957-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 M66 2016

Cinéma militant : political filmmaking and May 1968 (Grant, Paul Douglas, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 G73 2016

The Routledge companion to cinema and politics Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 R68 2016

Grindhouse : cultural exchange on 42nd Street, and beyond Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 G75 2016

Expanded senses Frost Library; PN1995.9.S285 E97 2015

Serial narratives Frost Library; PN1995.9.S3 S47 2014

Disposable passions : vintage pornography and the material legacies of adult cinema (Church, David, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 D38 2016

Swedish cinema and the sexual revolution : critical essays Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 S94 2016

Cinemas and cinemagoing in wartime Britain, 1939 -45 : the utility dream palace (Farmer, Richard, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6 F37 2016

Urban film and everyday practice : bridging divisions in Johannesburg (Parker, Alexandra, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S62 P37 2016

Militant visions : black soldiers, internationalism, and the transformation of American cinema (Reich, Elizabeth, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S64 R46 2016

South Asians on the U.S. screen : just like everyone else? (Thakore, Bhoomi K., 1982-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6555 T48 2016

When movies were theater : architecture, exhibition, and the evolution of American film (Paul, William, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S668 P38 2016

The world according to Star Wars (Sunstein, Cass R., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S695 S89 2016

Batman, Superman, and philosophy : badass or boyscout? Frost Library; PN1995.9.S76 B38 2016

Ghost movies in Southeast Asia and beyond : narratives, cultural contexts, audiences Frost Library; PN1995.9.S8 G48 2016

The Psycho records (Rickels, Laurence A., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S87 R53 2016

The grace of destruction : a vital ethology of extreme cinemas (Río, Elena del, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V5 R56 2016

Mothers, comrades, and outcasts in East German women's films (Creech, Jennifer L., 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 C74 2016

Feminisms : diversity, difference and multiplicity in contemporary film cultures Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 F454 2015

Never done : a history of women's work in media production (Hill, Erin, 1977- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 H545 2016

Silent women : pioneers of cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 S55 2016

Zombifying a nation : race, gender and the Haitian loas on screen (Pressley-Sanon, Toni, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.Z63 P74 2016

Agora Frost Library; PN1997 .A336

--And the earth did not swallow him [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .A46737

Bad moms Frost Library; PN1997 .B2888

Beyond the valley of the dolls Frost Library; PN1997 .B4279a

Beurouth, oh Beyrouth = Beirut, oh Beirut. Frost Library; PN1997 .B4286

Las bicicletas son para el verano Frost Library; PN1997 .B4323

Blood simple Frost Library; PN1997 .B518452

Boyhood Frost Library; PN1997 .B63242

Carnal knowledge [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .C364

Cat people Frost Library; PN1997 .C4

Cesar Chavez Frost Library; PN1997 .C412

Cronos [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .C7585a

Dekalog Frost Library; PN1997 .D4491a

El día que me quieras [videorecording] = The day you love me Frost Library; PN1997 .D522

EDTV Frost Library; PN1997 .E2835

El espinazo del diablo [videorecording] = The devil's backbone Frost Library; PN1997 .E732

La famille Bélier = The Belier family Frost Library; PN1997 .F3448

Finding Dory Frost Library; PN1997 .F4722

Frantic Frost Library; PN1997 .F7256

Ghostbusters Frost Library; PN1997 .G488

Hors la vie = Out of life. Frost Library; PN1997 .H66795

Ice age. Collision course Frost Library; PN1997 .I223

Im Labyrinth des Schweigens = Labyrinth of lies Frost Library; PN1997 .I3983

The immortal story Frost Library; PN1997 .I417

Inception [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .I437