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.
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.


    Time, technology and narrative form in contemporary US television drama : pause, rewind, record (Kelly, JP, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.55 .K45 2017

    Television, democracy, and the mediatization of Chilean politics (Salazar, Harry L. Simón, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.6 .S25 2018

    Breaking bad : a cultural history (Stache, Lara C., 1981-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.B74 S73 2017

    Aestheticism, evil, homosexuality, and Hannibal : if Oscar Wilde ate people (Klock, Geoff, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.H336 K57 2017

    HBO's Treme and the stories of the storm (Andersen, Robin, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.77.T77 A54 2018

    Hero or villain? : essays on dark protagonists of television Frost Library; PN1992.8.A65 H47 2017

    Kids' TV grows up : the path from Howdy Doody to SpongeBob (Holz, Jo, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.C46 H69 2017

    The new gay for pay : the sexual politics of American television production (Himberg, Julia, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.H64 H56 2017

    The bizarre world of reality television (Lenig, Stuart, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.R43 L47 2017

    New television : the aesthetics and politics of a genre (Shuster, Martin, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.8.S4 S475 2017

    Open TV : innovation beyond Hollywood and the rise of web television (Christian, Aymar Jean, author.) Frost Library; PN1992.926.P76 C55 2017

    The cinema of Cuba : contemporary film and the legacy of revolution Frost Library; PN1993.5.C8 C495 2017

    Formations of masculinity in post-communist Hungarian cinema : labyrinthian men (Kalmár, György, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.H8 K35 2017

    Warriors, witches, whores : women in Israeli cinema (Harris, Rachel S. (Rachel Sylvia), 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.I86 H36 2017

    Promiscuous media : film and visual culture in imperial Japan, 1926-1945 (Hori, Hikari, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 H67 2017

    Japanese cinema between frames (Lee, Laura, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.J3 L45 2017

    The Routledge companion to Latin American cinema Frost Library; PN1993.5.L3 R68 2018

    Spanish lessons : cinema and television in contemporary Spain (Smith, Paul Julian, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.S7 S525 2017

    Six Turkish filmmakers (Raw, Laurence, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.T8 R39 2017

    Demographic angst : cultural narratives and American films of the 1950s (Nadel, Alan, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U6 N34 2018

    Uruguayan cinema, 1960-2010 : text, materiality, archive (Tadeo Fuica, Beatriz, author.) Frost Library; PN1993.5.U85 T33 2017

    Tracking color in cinema and art : philosophy and aesthetics (Branigan, Edward, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .B7185 2018

    Indefinite visions : cinema and the attractions of uncertainty Frost Library; PN1995 .I5654 2017

    The tunnel at the end of the light : essays on movies and politics (Shepard, Jim, author.) Frost Library; PN1995 .S4859 2017

    Monitoring the movies : the fight over film censorship in early twentieth-century urban America (Fronc, Jennifer, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.62 .F76 2017

    Film censorship in America : a state-by-state history (Geltzer, Jeremy, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.62 .G455 2017

    Everybody sing! : community singing in the American picture palace (Morgan-Ellis, Esther M., 1984- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.A8 M67 2018

    Ripping England! : postwar British satire from Ealing to the Goons (Rawlings, Roger, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 R39 2017

    Comic Venus : women and comedy in American silent film (Wagner, Kristen Anderson, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.C55 W34 2018

    The best laid plans : interrogating the heist film Frost Library; PN1995.9.C66 B47 2017

    Cult media : re-packaged, re-released and restored Frost Library; PN1995.9.C84 C85 2017

    Death in documentaries : the memento mori experience (Bennett-Carpenter, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D37 B46 2018

    Documentary and disability Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 D546 2017

    Los Angeles documentary and the production of public history, 1958-1977 (Glick, Joshua, 1983- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.D6 G54 2018

    The essay film after fact and fiction (Alter, Nora M., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 A455 2018

    Ismo, ismo, ismo Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 I86 2017

    Shīrīn = My sweet Shirin Frost Library; PN1995.9.E96 K53

    Fairy tales on the teen screen : rituals of girlhood (Bellas, Athena, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.F34 B45 2017

    Argentine cinema : from noir to neo-noir (George, David Sanderson, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.F54 G46 2018

    Gothic dissections in film and literature : the body in parts (Conrich, Ian, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 C66 2017

    Indian horror cinema : (en)gendering the monstrous (Dhusiya, Mithuraaj, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 D44 2018

    The modern British horror film (Gerrard, Steven, 1970- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 G385 2017

    Women, monstrosity and horror film : gynaehorror (Harrington, Erin Jean, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 H385 2018

    Horrific humor and the moment of droll grimness in cinema : sidesplitting sLaughter Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 H625 2018

    It's alive! : classic horror and sci-fi movie posters from the Kirk Hammett Collection Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 I87 2017 x

    A place of darkness : the rhetoric of horror in early American cinema (Phillips, Kendall R., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.H6 P438 2018

    Intimate relationships in cinema, literature and visual culture Frost Library; PN1995.9.I575 I59 2017

    Evolving images : Jewish Latin American cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.J46 E95 2018

    Silver screen, Hasidic Jews : the story of an image (Hammerman, Shaina, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.J46 H36 2018

    Rock 'n' roll movies (Sterritt, David, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.M86 S75 2017

    Black masculinity on film : native sons and white lies (O'Brien, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 O37 2017

    Pagen in der Traumfabrik : schwarze Komparsen im deutschen Spielfilm : ein Film Frost Library; PN1995.9.N4 P348

    Cinematic nihilism : encounters, confrontations, overcomings (Marmysz, John, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.N55 M37 2017

    Contemporary cinema and neoliberal ideology Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 C66 2018

    Jolted images : (unbound analytic) (Levi, Pavle, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 L38 2017

    The philosophical Hitchcock : Vertigo and the anxieties of unknowingness (Pippin, Robert B., 1948-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P42 P56 2017

    Watch it! : movie posters as marketing tools and genre indicators (Haidegger, Ingrid, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P5 H35 2017

    Seeing through the screen : interpreting American political film (Altschuler, Bruce E., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 A45 2018

    Cinema and the wealth of nations : media, capital, and the liberal world system (Grieveson, Lee, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 G75 2018

    Politics, Hollywood style : American politics in film from Mr. Smith to Selma (Heyrman, John, 1960- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 H49 2018

    Invasion USA : essays on anti-communist movies of the 1950s and 1960s Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 I68 2017

    Beyond free speech and propaganda : the political development of Hollywood, 1907-1927 (Steinmetz, John D., author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.P6 S745 2018

    Film remakes and franchises (Herbert, Daniel, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.R45 H43 2017

    Reality unbound : new departures in science fiction cinema Frost Library; PN1995.9.S26 R43 2017

    Trash cinema : the lure of the low (Barefoot, Guy, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 B37 2017

    La India María : Mexploitation and the films of María Elena Velasco (Rohrer, Seraina, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S284 R64 2017

    Tainted love : screening sexual perversion Frost Library; PN1995.9.S45 T35 2017

    Film bodies : queer encounters with gender and sexuallity in cinema (Lindner, Katharina, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S47 L565 2018

    Poland daily : economy, work, consumption and social class in Polish cinema (Mazierska, Ewa, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S6 M36 2017

    Anatomy of the superhero film (Dudenhoeffer, Larrie, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.S76 D83 2017

    Technology and film scholarship : experience, study, theory Frost Library; PN1995.9.T43 T43 2018

    America through a British lens : cinematic portrayals, 1930-2010 (Stone, James D., 1970- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.U64 S76 2017

    Vampires, race, and transnational Hollywoods (Hudson, Dale M., 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.V3 H83 2017

    Virtual weaponry : the militarized internet in hollywood war films (Tucker, Aaron, 1982-) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W3 T83 2017

    Gender and patriarchy in the films of Muslim nations (Owen, Patricia R., 1946- author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 O87 2018

    Neo-Victorianism on screen : postfeminism and contemporary adaptations of Victorian women (Primorac, Antonija, author.) Frost Library; PN1995.9.W6 P78 2018

    The beguiled Frost Library; PN1996 .B414255

    Ugetsu Frost Library; PN1997 .U3412b

    Les adieux a la reine [videorecording] = Farewell, my queen Frost Library; PN1997 .A3058

    The age of innocence Frost Library; PN1997 .A333

    The Apple [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .A67

    L'argent Frost Library; PN1997 .A731a

    The awful truth Frost Library; PN1997 .A977a

    Baal Frost Library; PN1997 .B232

    The beguiled Frost Library; PN1997 .B414256

    The big sick Frost Library; PN1997 .B46745

    The breadwinner Frost Library; PN1997 .B6512

    The breakfast club Frost Library; PN1997 .B6518

    A bridge too far [DVD videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .B667

    Brigsby Bear Frost Library; PN1997 .B677

    Carnage [videorecording] Frost Library; PN1997 .C36357

    Les choristes Frost Library; PN1997 .C477a

    Christopher Strong Frost Library; PN1997 .C4855

    Despicable me 3 Frost Library; PN1997 .D3893b

    Dheepan Frost Library; PN1997 .D481b

    Dunkirk Frost Library; PN1997 .D86

    A ghost story Frost Library; PN1997 .G484

    I, Daniel Blake Frost Library; PN1997 .I27

    Ingrid goes west Frost Library; PN1997 .I474544

    I, Tonya Frost Library; PN1997 .I8293