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Databases by Subject: Media Arts/Film

Major Indexes

AFI Catalog

Index of American feature films, produced from 1900 to 1970. Compiled by the American Film Institute, the index provides full production and cast information, as well as a bibliography of source materials.

American Film Scripts Online

Database of over 1000 film scripts (with facsimile images for nearly half of the scripts) from American feature films produced between 1903 and 2002.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.

Film Index International

Provides detailed information about motion pictures (production information and citations for reviews and critical articles) & cinema workers from over 170 countries.

Film Indexes Online

Film Indexes Online provides detailed information on motion pictures (production information and citations to reviews and critical articles) and cinema workers.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)

The Film Literature Index (FLI) is an index of popular and scholarly articles on film and television, film reviews, and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

International Index to Film Periodicals

The FIAF Index to Film Periodicals indexes domestic and international academic and popular film journals since 1972. It also includes the Treasures from Film Archives Database (with holdings information on over 35,000 silent films in archives around the world), the Documentation Collections database (with information on domestic and international film archives) and a database of FIAF member publications (for publications as early as 1934, and comprehensive since 1966).

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)

Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 international periodicals covering a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry, including theater, musical theater, dance, opera, film, and television. Coverage: 1998-present.

Media Education Foundation Films

The Media Education Foundation video collection includes over 130 streaming documentary films about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, especially in relation to gender, race, class, health, and consumerism.

Additional Indexes

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Find articles, books, and conference proceedings in communication, journalism, media, film and television, and more.

MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics)

Database of citations to journal articles, books and dissertations from the 1920s. International coverage in the disciplines of literature, language and linguistics literary theory and criticism.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Searchable archive of abstracts of evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, as well as special news reports, such as ABC's Nightline, selected coverage from PBS and FOX News, political conventions, Presidential press conferences, State of the Union Addresses, political campaign coverage, and national and international events. Also includes online streaming video access to CNN programs from 1998-present.