Major Research Tools

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

Full-Text, Index

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

Film Literature Index Online


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

Film Platform

Visual Resource

Streaming video of international documentaries, with a particular emphasis on those that are featured at major film festivals (e.g. Cannes, Sundance, etc.).

Films on Demand

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.)

Kanopy Streaming

Visual Resource

Streaming video platform containing over 27,000 documentaries, feature films, and training videos. Includes such producers as the Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, Kino Lorber, and the Media Education Foundation.

MLA International Bibliography


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. For help searching MLA, see our Search Guide.

Swank Digital Campus

Visual Resource

Streaming access to major motion pictures for educational purposes only. This link will allow instructors to request films for classes (login required) and allow all other users to access those films that have been licensed.

World Cinema Collection

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


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

Box Office Guru


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.

China Film Yearbook


Coverage: 1981-2011

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

Folkstreams: The Best of American Folklore Film


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

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia - Archive

Full-Text, Reference

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

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

Gateway, Visual Resource

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

Internet Movie Database


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

Media History Digital Library


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

Metacritic: film


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.

Mosfilm Online Cinema

Visual Resource

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

Music in Movies


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

Silent Era: The Silent Film Website


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.

TV by the Numbers


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