Film

Major Research Tools

Visual resource

Database of streaming documentaries from distributors such as: Bullfrog films, Icarus Films, Collective Eye Films, National Film Board of Canada, and Scorpion TV. Particularly strong in Environmental Studies, although there is plenty of great material across disciplines.

Full-text, Index

Index of journal articles and books on film and media studies. Includes some full text.

Index

Contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001. Provided by Indiana University.

Visual resource

Database of streaming videos. Includes documentaries and educational films from Films for the Humanities and Sciences and PBS. (Note that if you are going to link to a video or a segment of a video, you should use the URL provided under the "Details" tab.)

Index

Coverage: 1884-present.

Index of scholarly articles, edited books, and dissertations on literature, languages, film studies and folklore. Includes MLA Directory of Periodicals, which provides detailed information on periodicals covering literature and languages.

Visual resource

Over 500 streaming silent features, serials, and shorts produced from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Visual resource

Streaming collection of feature films spanning the silent era through contemporary international cinema. Covers classic and contemporary cinema from Africa, Asia (primarily China, Japan, and India), Europe (including Soviet films), Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Other Suggested Research Tools

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Database of film and video plot summaries, biographies, and filmographies.

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Streaming collection of major drama and theater resources including all 37 of the BBC Shakespeare Plays, A History of Great Playwrights, and Hollywood's Greatest Directors. All titles feature closed captioning.

Data

Box office data on films released since 1989. Includes ranked data for each season, reviews of weekends at the box office from 1997 to the present, and a list of top grossing films.

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Coverage: 1981-2011

Annual coverage of major Chinese film productions and events, including statistical data.

Full-text, Reference

Encyclopedia of television programs, people, and history. From the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Originally published in 1997 (Ref PN1992.18 .E53 2004).

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Collection of ethnographic films for the study of human culture and behavior. "Covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century."

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Collection of documentary films about American folk and roots culture, with an emphasis on southern life and music. Provided by UNC-Chapel Hill.

Full-text, Reference

Encyclopedia of GLBT art, literature, film, music, and popular culture. The encyclopedia was closed and archived in 2015.

Index

Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Gateway, Visual resource

Gateway to a variety of film and video collections, including a collection of newsreels produced from 1929-1967 and short, emphemeral films from the Prelinger Archive documenting everyday life, culture, industry, and institutions in the United States from 1927 to 1987.

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Database with detailed information about films and the people who make them, including plot summaries, complete cast listings, and box office data.

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Digitized collection of classic media periodicals including industry and trade publications and fan magazines.

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Reviews of current films, including mainstream, foreign and independent releases. Metacritic editors scan newspapers and magazines for reviews, then convert and compile them into a "Metascore" indicating the critical consensus. All time high and low scores are available for films released 1999 to present. Includes a handy directory of recently nominated and award winning films.

Visual resource

Soviet films, with subtitles, from the archive of the Mosfilm studio in Moscow. Many are unfamiliar to western audiences. 

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Audio collection of classical music in movies, listed by title of movie.

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Information about the people behind and in front of the cameras of silent films. Includes filmographies and reviews of books about the era. There is also a list of silent films that are presumed lost.

Data

Current television ratings. Includes top prime time network programs, cable programs, syndicated series, and sports events for current week.