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.

Utopian television : Rossellini, Watkins, and Godard beyond cinema (Cramer, Michael, 1981- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.E78 C73 2017

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

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

Little mosque on the prairie and the paradoxes of cultural translation (Conway, Kyle, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.L585 C66 2017

Tony Soprano's America : gangsters, guns, and money (Booker, M. Keith, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S66 B66 2017

Connecting the Wire : race, space, and postindustrial Baltimore (Corkin, Stanley, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.W53 C665 2017

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

Vampira and her daughters : women horror movie hosts from the 1950s into the internet era (Cotter, Bobb, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.F5 C68 2017

Irony in Film (MacDowell, James.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.I76 M33 2016

A transnational study of law and justice on TV Frost Library; PN1992.8.J87 T73 2016

Watching nostalgia : an analysis of nostalgic television fiction and its reception (Armbruster, Stefanie, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.N655 A65 2016

Television antiheroines : women behaving badly in crime and prison drama Frost Library; PN1992.8.W65 T42 2017

Fridays of rage : Al Jazeera, the Arab Spring, and political Islam (Cherribi, Sam, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.92.A39 C48 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

A brief history of comic book movies (Dixon, Wheeler W., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A1 D524 2017

La masificación del cine en Chile, 1907-1932 (Iturriaga, Jorge, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C3 I88 2015

Hollywood made in China (Kokas, Aynne, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C4 K67 2017

The poetics of Chinese cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.C4 P64 2016

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

Cultural studies approaches in the study of Eastern European cinema : spaces, bodies, memories Frost Library; PN1993.5.E82 C85 2016

Screening modern Irish fiction and drama Frost Library; PN1993.5.I73 S374 2016

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

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

Screening Soviet nationalities : kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (Sarkisova, Oksana, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.R9 S37 2017

From Tinseltown to Bordertown : Los Angeles on film (Deleyto, Celestino, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 D45 2016

From shtetl to stardom : Jews and Hollywood Frost Library; PN1993.5.U65 F767 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

Cinema by design : art nouveau, modernism, and film history (Fischer, Lucy, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.25 .F56 2017

Words on screen (Chion, Michel, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.3 .C455 2017

Performance and Spanish film Frost Library; PN1995.9.A26 P474 2016

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

Ecodocumentaries : critical essays Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 E27 2016

Dying in full detail : mortality and digital documentary (Malkowski, Jennifer, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 M33 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

Visions of avant-garde film : Polish cinematic experiments from expressionism to constructivism (Kuc, Kamila, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 K83 2016

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

Hong Kong neo-noir Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 H66 2017

The red and the black : American film noir in the 1950s (Miklitsch, Robert, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 M545 2017

Hollywood's Hawaii : race, nation, and war (Konzett, Delia Caparoso, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H38 K66 2017

Cognitive approaches to German historical film : seeing is not believing (William, Jennifer, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H5 W583 2017

What's eating you? : food and horror on screen Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 W435 2017

Jazz and cocktails : rethinking race and the sound of film noir (Wager, Jans B., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.J37 W34 2017

Framing law and crime : an interdisciplinary anthology Frost Library; PN1995.9.J8 F83 2016

Love and marriage across social classes in American cinema (Sharot, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.L6 S53 2017

Reel inequality : Hollywood actors and racism (Yuen, Nancy Wang, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M56 Y83 2017

Plant horror : approaches to the monstrous vegetal in fiction and film Frost Library; PN1995.9.M6 P53 2016

Diagnosing contemporary philosophy with the Matrix movies (Bassler, O. Bradley, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 B37 2017

Prison movies : cinema behind bars (Kehrwald, Kevin J., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P68 K45 2017

Independent filmmaking and digital convergence : transmedia and beyond (Nikolic, Vladan, 1965- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P7 N53 2017

Jacques Lacan and cinema : imaginary, gaze, formalisation (Bianchi, Pietro, 1979- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P783 B53 2017

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

Sexography : sex work in documentary (De Villiers, Nicholas, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S47 D48 2017

Split screen nation : moving images of the American West and South (Courtney, Susan, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6 C68 2017

Sociology on film : postwar Hollywood's prestige commodity (Cagle, Chris, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S62 C34 2017

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

The modern superhero in film and television : popular genre and American culture (Brown, Jeffrey A., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S76 B76 2017

Arresting cinema : surveillance in Hong Kong film (Fang, Karen (Karen Y.), 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S86 F36 2017

Now and then we time travel : visiting pasts and futures in film and television (Sherman, Fraser A.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.T555 S54 2017

The Twilight saga Frost Library; PN1995.9.T95 T85 2016

Vampire films of the 1970s : Dracula to Blacula and every fang between (Smith, Gary A., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V3 S66 2017

Locating the voice in film : critical approaches and global practices Frost Library; PN1995.9.V63 L63 2017

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

Last stands from the Alamo to Benghazi : how Hollywood turns military defeats into moral victories (Wetta, Frank J., 1942-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 W483 2017

The body and the screen : female subjectivities in contemporary women's cinema (Ince, Kate, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 I515 2017

L'albero degli zoccoli Frost Library; PN1997 .A356

American pastoral Frost Library; PN1997 .A4635

Before midnight Frost Library; PN1997 .B4128a

Before sunset Frost Library; PN1997 .B41334a

Before sunrise Frost Library; PN1997 .B4133a

The birth of a nation Frost Library; PN1997 .B4757

Canoa : a shameful memory Frost Library; PN1997 .C3446

Captain Fantastic Frost Library; PN1997 .C35673

Casablanca Frost Library; PN1997 .C38

Les demoiselles de Rochefort = The young girls of Rochefort Frost Library; PN1997 .D3829c

Desde allá = From afar Frost Library; PN1997 .D38535

Doctor Strange Frost Library; PN1997 .D58801

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

Fatima Frost Library; PN1997 .F3764

45 years Frost Library; PN1997 .F633

Get out Frost Library; PN1997 .G44793

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

Girlfriends Frost Library; PN1997 .G5825

La gueule ouverte [videorecording] : the mouth agape Frost Library; PN1997 .G772

Jackie Frost Library; PN1997 .J283

Tampopo = Dandelion Frost Library; PN1997 .J951a

La La Land Frost Library; PN1997 .L12

Lang ist der Weg Frost Library; PN1997 .L264

Liebelei Frost Library; PN1997 .L5276

Lights out Frost Library; PN1997 .L5372

Lion Frost Library; PN1997 .L54282

The love witch Frost Library; PN1997 .L663357

Mildred Pierce Frost Library; PN1997 .M522a

Moonlight Frost Library; PN1997 .M6582