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.


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    Reimagining Brazilian television : Luiz Fernando Carvalho's contemporary vision (Carter, Eli Lee, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.3.B7 C3645 2018

    Productive fandom : intermediality and affective reception in fan cultures (Lamerichs, Nicolle, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.55 .L36 2018

    Empire and black images in popular culture (Wright, Joshua K., 1978- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.E47 W75 2018

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

    Sex and the city and us : how four single women changed the way we think, live, and love (Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.S465 A76 2018

    Twin Peaks and philosophy : that's damn fine philosophy! Frost Library; PN1992.77.T88 T85 2018

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

    Satiric TV in the Americas : critical metatainment as negotiated dissent (Alonso, Paul, 1978- author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C66 A56 2018

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

    HIV on TV : popular culture's epidemic (Johnson, Malynnda A., author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.H57 J64 2018

    Conflicting masculinities : men in television period drama Frost Library; PN1992.8.M38 C66 2018

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

    The greatest films never seen : the film archive and the copyright smokescreen (Op den Kamp, Claudy, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.4 .O63 2018

    The projected nation : Argentine cinema and the social margins (Losada, Matt, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.A7 L67 2018

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

    Foundational films : early cinema and modernity in Brazil (Conde, Maite, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.B6 C66 2018

    Ideology and utopia in China's New Wave cinema : globalization and its Chinese discontents (Wang, Xiaoping, 1975- author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C6 W36 2018

    National identity in 21st-century Cuban cinema : screening the repeating island (Fehimovic, Dunja, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.C8 F44 2018

    Cine-Ethiopia : the history and politics of film in the Horn of Africa Frost Library; PN1993.5.E78 C56 2018

    The Berlin School and its global contexts : a transnational art cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.G3 B387 2018

    Globalization and Latin American cinema : towards a new critical paradigm (McClennen, Sophia A., author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 M34 2018

    Cold War film genres Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 C65 2018

    Fascism and millennial American cinema (Grist, Leighton, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 G75 2018

    The lasting picture show (Combs, James E., author.) Frost Library; PN1994 .C66 2018

    Cinema between media : an intermediality approach (Bruhn, Jørgen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .B78 2018

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

    The death of cinema : history, cultural memory, and the digital dark age (Cherchi Usai, Paolo.) Frost Library; PN1995 .C4555 2001

    Global cinema networks Frost Library; PN1995 .G5435 2018

    Cinematic vitalism : film theory and the question of life (Pollmann, Inga, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .P65 2018

    Misterios de la sala oscura : ensayos sobre el cine y su tiempo (Solórzano, Fernanda (Film critic), author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .S586 2017

    The bad sixties : Hollywood memories of the counterculture, antiwar, and Black power movements (Hoerl, Kristen, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.2 .H64 2018

    Screen stories : emotion and the ethics of engagement (Plantinga, Carl R., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.5 .P52 2018

    Lupe Frost Library; PN1995.9 .E96 R54

    Apocalyptic visions in 21st century films (Ford, Elizabeth, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A64 F67 2018

    The apartment complex : urban living and global screen cultures Frost Library; PN1995.9.C513 A63 2018

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

    Film and fashion amidst the ruins of Berlin : from Nazism to the Cold War (Ganeva, Mila, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C56 G37 2018

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

    The hero and the grave (Vahdani, Alireza, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D37 V34 2018

    Critical mass : social documentary in France from the silent era to the new wave (Ungar, Steven, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 U395 2018

    Mockumentary comedy : performing authenticity (Wallace, Richard (Film teacher), author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D62 W35 2018

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

    Hacked Circuit (Stratman, Deborah, filmmaker.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 S76

    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

    Re-viewing the past : the uses of history in the cinema of imperial Japan (O'Reilly, Sean, 1980- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H5 O74 2018

    Cinematic reflections on the legacy of the Holocaust : psychoanalytic perspectives Frost Library; PN1995.9.H53 C553 2019

    Blood circuits : contemporary Argentine horror cinema (Risner, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 R57 2018

    The 1990s teen horror cycle : final girls and a new Hollywood formula (West, Alexandra, 1985-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 W433 2018

    Screening trafficking : prudent and perilous (Hashamova, Yana, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H833 H37 2018

    Affectual erasure : representations of indigenous peoples in Argentine cinema (Tompkins, Cynthia, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.I49 T66 2018

    The Muslim world in post - 9 (Bayraktaroğlu, Kerem, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.I697 B39 2018

    Martian pictures : analyzing the cinema of the red planet (Stanley, O'Brien, 1958- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M315 S73 2018

    Monsters of film, fiction, and fable : the cultural links between the human and inhuman Frost Library; PN1995.9.M6 M66 2018

    Hoodlum movies : seriality and the outlaw biker film cycle, 1966-1972 (Stanfield, Peter, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M66 S73 2018

    Wonderful design : glamour in the Hollywood musical (Whitesell, Lloyd, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M86 W55 2018

    Representing royalty : British monarchs in contemporary cinema, 1994-2010 (Kinzler, Julia, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N352 K56 2018

    Nazism and neo-nazism in film and media (Lee, C. J. P. (Charles Jason Peter) author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N36 L44 2018

    Inhospitable world : cinema in the time of the Anthropocene (Fay, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N38 F39 2018

    Film in the anthropocene : philosophy, ecology, and cybernetics (White, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 W45 2018

    The global road movie : alternative journeys around the world Frost Library; PN1995.9.R63 G56 2018

    Space sirens, scientists and princesses : the portrayal of women in science fiction cinema (Conrad, Dean, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 C655 2018

    Biology run amok! : the life science lessons of science fiction cinema (Glassy, Mark C., 1952- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 G57 2018

    Contemporary European science fiction cinemas (Power, Aidan, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 P69 2018

    An oceanic feeling : cinema and the sea (Balsom, Erika, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S28 B35 2018

    The style of sleaze : the American exploitation film, 1959-1977 (Waddell, Calum, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 W33 2018

    Celluloid chains : slavery in the Americas through film Frost Library; PN1995.9.S557 C45 2018

    Soundies jukebox films and the shift to small-screen culture (Kelley, Andrea, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S653 K45 2018

    Global South Asia on screen (Hutnyk, John, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6555 H88 2018

    Producing Hiroshima and Nagasaki : literature, film, and transnational politics (Shibata, Yūko, 1963- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 S55 2018

    Visible and invisible whiteness : American white supremacy through the cinematic lens (Craven, Alice Mikal, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W45 C73 2018

    Gendering history on screen : women filmmakers and historical films (Erhart, Julia, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 E63 2018

    When women wrote Hollywood : essays on female screenwriters in the early film industry Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 W48 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

    Andreĭ Rubli͡ov = Andrei Rublev Frost Library; PN1997 .A46738a

    Anita Frost Library; PN1997 .A4688

    The ballad of Gregorio Cortez Frost Library; PN1997 .B3483

    Happy together Frost Library; PN1997 .C4884b

    Coco Frost Library; PN1997 .C5843

    Dao khanong = By the time it gets dark Frost Library; PN1997 .D3456

    Est-ouest = East-West Frost Library; PN1997 .E7335

    In the fade = Aus dem Nichts Frost Library; PN1997 .I432

    William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Frost Library; PN1997 .J848

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

    Kebab connection Frost Library; PN1997 .K39895

    L'eau froide = Cold water Frost Library; PN1997 .L3675

    Loving Vincent Frost Library; PN1997 .L668

    Lucky Frost Library; PN1997 .L835

    Mad Max beyond Thunderdome Frost Library; PN1997 .M22a

    Manifesto Frost Library; PN1997 .M322

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

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

    Odd man out Frost Library; PN1997 .O347a

    120 battements par minute = 120 beats per minute Frost Library; PN1997 .O556

    Parinda Frost Library; PN1997 .P28375

    Please, don't bury me alive! = ¡Por favor, no me entierren vivo! Frost Library; PN1997 .P5665

    Predator Frost Library; PN1997 .P64

    The princess bride Frost Library; PN1997 .P7142a

    A raisin in the sun Frost Library; PN1997 .R3415