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Cinema and Media Studies Research Guide

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Table of Contents:
Databases
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Print Resources
eJournals


Search databases and indexes to find citations and/or full text for online articles, books, images, or statistics.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.


Art Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of articles in art history and the fine arts that include motion pictures, TV, and video topics. Find film topics by using a keyword search or by browsing the subject motion pictures. Over 400 leading art publications from around the world with information compiled by specialists with expertise in all fields of art to provide an international perspective; from 1984 to present. (Available in print from 1929-1995: Index and Abstract section. 2nd floor).


Arts & Humanities Citation Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Arts & Humanities Citation Index provides citations to journal articles in the arts and humanities, including architecture, art, classics, dance, literature, music, philosophy, film, religion, and theater.


Cinema Image Gallery Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital library of still images from movies, television and the entertainment industry. A rich visual source for film and TV history, the database contains still images of films in production, directors working on-set with the stars, set, costume and production design, and rare behind-the-scenes material. Cinema Image Gallery includes over 150,000 superior-quality images, along with a treasure-trove of over 4,000 poster art and lobby cards used to promote the movies.


Communications and Mass Media Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts and select full text from over 650 journals in communications and mass media. Covers topics in journalism, film, television, marketing, business communication, health communication, and more.


Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities provides citations to papers and proceedings of social science and humanities conferences from 1990 to present.


Directory of Open Access Journals (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This service contains free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals that aims to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 766 journals in the directory.


Ethnic Newswatch Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers of a wide spectrum of ethnic viewpoints, including African-American, Jewish, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-American publications.


Film Literature Index (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Contains 700,000 citations to articles on film, television and video including production reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001. (Available in print from 1973-2000).


Gale Infotrac Newstand Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format. Click for Publication List.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. (Available in print 1974-1994).


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text articles from the first issue of several hundred journals in the Arts & Sciences I & II, General Science, Language & Literature collections.


LexisNexis Academic Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text database that provides a wide range of news, business, legal and reference information from over 5000 sources, compiled specifically for the research needs of academic institutions. Guides are available from the site, and tutorials from Duke or Yale.


MLA International Bibliography Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts and Bibliography from Modern Language Association. Find film topics by using a keyword search or by browsing the subject film. (Available in print 1921-2003).


National Newspaper Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of five major newspapers: New York Times (from 1980), Wall Street Journal (from 1980), Christian Science Monitor (from 1980), Los Angeles Times (from 1982) and Washington Post (from 1980). Also includes index for New York Times Magazine (from 1977) and New York Times Book Review (from 1980).


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2007. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Oxford Art Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive art reference work covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design and photography, from prehistory to the 1990s. Find artist biographies, images of art works, definitions of key terms, and encyclopedia articles on art history topics.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Project MUSE? offers nearly 250 full text journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others. Journal titles include the following: Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Film History: An International Journal, The Moving Image, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Wide Angle.


PsycINFO Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Contains more than 1.8 million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports; summaries of world literature in psychology and related disciplines; over 1700 periodicals in 27 languages. More than 60,000 records are added each year through weekly updates. Find film topics by using a keyword search or by browsing the subject motion pictures entertainment.


Resources freely available on the Internet.

American Film Institute (AFI) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Includes AFI's online cinema


Black Film Center/Archive Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University


Black Film Research Online Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
University of Chicago "Find resources for researching Black film culture."


Bright Lights Film Journal Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary


CinemaQ Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A directory of resources on queer cinema


CinemaSpace Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Film Studies at the University of California at Berkeley


Earlycinema.com Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Early cinema.com aims to provide an introduction to the first decade of motion pictures and the developments which helped shape cinema as we know it today."


Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Media Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Comprehensive list of online resources from the Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Includes links to sites on: Advertising, African American, Asian American, Cyberspace, Latin American, Gender and Media, LesBiGay, Native American and other indigenous Peoples, Television and Film, and Print media links.


iFilm Connections: Asia and Pacific Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Promises to revolutionize international access to culturally significant films from Asia. It is also an important resource for the film industry, educational institutions and international media."


IndieWire Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Independent film


Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database of movie information including plot summaries, cast and crew information, release date, trailers, reviews, and awards.


Latin American Cinema Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Listed by country


Media History Project Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota. Site provides links to resources on early media, print media, electrical media, and mass media (includes separately radio, film, and television).


MPAA Ratings Database Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database of Motion Picture Association of America from 1968.


Public Moving Image Archives and research Centers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Links to moving image collections worldwide


Screen Site Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
ScreenSite facilitates the teaching and research of film/TV/new media and is designed principally for educators and students.


Society for Cinema and Media Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Devoted to the Scholarly Study of Film, Television, Video, and New Media."


Staten Island on the Web Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Links to web sites and information about Staten Island from the New York Public Library. Includes resources on history, government, film, literature, and statistics.


The Official Academy Awards Database Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Academy Awards Database contains the record of past Academy Award winners and nominees. The data is complete through the 2007 (80th) Academy Awards.


Women Make Movies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Includes "Links to Other Cool Sites on Women and Film and Video."


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Ethnic Newswatch Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers of a wide spectrum of ethnic viewpoints, including African-American, Jewish, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-American publications.


Gale Infotrac Newstand Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format. Click for Publication List.


National Newspaper Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of five major newspapers: New York Times (from 1980), Wall Street Journal (from 1980), Christian Science Monitor (from 1980), Los Angeles Times (from 1982) and Washington Post (from 1980). Also includes index for New York Times Magazine (from 1977) and New York Times Book Review (from 1980).


New York State Newspapers Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of select New York state newspapers, including the New York Post (from 2000), New York Observer (from 1999), Albany Times (from 1986), and Buffalo News (from 1996). Coverage dates vary by publication.


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2007. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Print resources available in the CSI LIbrary.

A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9 .W4 K33 2002


A Guide to References and Resources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998.A3 21 volumes on different directors


A Short Guide to Writing about Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An introduction to film study and a practical writing guide.
Location: 1st Fl Reserves PN1995 .C66 2010


An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Film, 1895-1930 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998.2 .L686 2005


Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Intended for film students and experienced scholars unfamiliar with the new terminology deriving from the meeting of media and cultural studies, this reference offers concise summaries of the thinkers, concepts, and theories associated with film and television theory.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.C75 2001


Encyclopedia of Early Cinema Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers summaries of key figures, film companies, genres, technical innovations, and aspects of early film production from the 1890s to the mid-1910s.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.E53 2005


Encyclopedia of Film Noir Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9 .F54 M39 2007


Encyclopedia of Filmmakers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides biographical portraits of over 350 popular and influential filmmakers from Buster Keaton to Quentin Tarantino.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1998.2.T53 2002


Encyclopedia of Television Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers essays related to the history of television. Includes entries on individual television programs as well as broader topics such as broadcasting technology, censorship, reality television, etc.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1992.18.E53 1997


Encyclopedia of Television News Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN4888.T4 E53 1999


Film Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Reference guide to international cinema that includes film synopses, biographies, definitions of terms, explanations of technical film processes, and more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.K34 2005


Frame by Frame III: a Filmography of the African Diasporan Image, 1994-2004 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A listing of African-American cast members, directors, executive producers, film composers, performers, producers, screenwriters, and Academy Award winners and nominees.
PN1995.9 .N4 F73 2007


Historical Dictionary of American Radio Soap Operas Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1991.8 .S4 C695 2005


Horror Films of the 1980s Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9 .H6 M86 2007


Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An overview of the key modernist films of the 20th century.
PN1994 .M365 2006


Motion Picture Guide Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Extensive catalog of motion pictures produced from 1927 to 1999 with information on plot, genre, production, run time, and awards.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.M4334


New York Times Film Reviews, 1913-1996 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Reprints of film reviews published in The New York Times arranged chronologically from 1913 to 1996. See also New York Times Historical.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.N4


On the Air: the Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1991.3.U6 D8 1998


Oxford Guide to Film Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive guide covering major approaches to film studies, core concepts and methods involved in film analysis, and major issues and debates in the study of film.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.O93 1998


Reel Women: an International Directory of Contemporary Feature Films about Women Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A directory of international films featuring a female protagonist.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.9 .W6 S62 2007


Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the present Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998.2 .A24 1991


Religion and Film: an Introduction Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An introduction to concepts associated with the connection between religion and films. Covers key examples in cinematic history.
PN1995.9 .R4 W75 2007


Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides a comprehensive introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.G65 2007


Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9.S26 F54 2000


Screenwriting for Film and Television Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1996 .M62 1998


Stars and Stripes on Screen: a Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Entries cover feature films, television movies, and documentaries that depict the American military from 1898 to the present.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.9 .A72 S85 2005


The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998 .A57 1993, vol 1-3


The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences 1900-1979 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1993.5.A1 W394 2000


The Animated Movie Guide Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1992.8 .A59 A59 2005


The Encyclopedia of American Radio: an A-Z Guide to Radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1991.3.U6 L29 2000


The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9 .M56 M85 2003


The Encyclopedia of Westerns Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1995.9 .W4 F27 2003


The Filmmaker's Handbook: a Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
TR850 .P54 1999


The New Biographical Dictionary of Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998.2 .T49 2002


The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1590 .G39 Q44 2005


The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Explores the main themes, topics, thinkers and issues in philosophy and film.
PN1994 .R574 2009


Variety Film Reviews, 1907-1986 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Reprints of film reviews published in Variety from 1907 to 1986. Reviews are arranged chronologically. Browse the title index to identify the review date of a film.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.V341


Variety Obituaries, 1905-1994 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1583 .V35 1988, vol 1-15


Women and American Television: An Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers individuals, programs, social issues, and special topics related to the history of women in television.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1992.8.W65 L69 1999


Women Film Directors: An International Bio-critical Dictionary Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
PN1998.2 .F67 1995


Zombie Movies: the Ultimate Guide Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Summaries and reviews of more than 250 films from 1932 to 2008.
Location: Available as an electronic resource from CUNY.


Full text journals available online.

Bright Lights Film Journal Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary


Fiaf Journal of Film Preservation Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
http://www.fiafnet.org/uk/publications


Film Philosophy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Founded in November 1996, Film-Philosophy is a 'salon-journal': an international para-academic 24-hour live-event version of specialized academic publishing, dedicated to philosophically reviewing film studies, philosophical aesthetics, and world cinema."


Genders Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Presenting Innovative work in the Arts, Humanities and Social Theories. We publish essays about gender and sexuality in relation to social, [political, artistic, and economic concerns."


German Film Quarterly Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
English-language edition


Images Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Images publishes articles about movies, television, videos, and other popular visual arts."


Journal of Religion and Film Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
University of Nebraska


Jump cut Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Media in its social and political context. Pioneers since 1974, analyzing media in relation to class, race and gender."


Kinoeye Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
European film


Scope: an online journal of film studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Scope is a fully peer reviewed online journal edited by staff and students in the Institute of Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham. As our title suggests, Scope provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of film history, theory and criticism."


Senses of Cinema Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
"Concerned with ideas about particular films or bodies of work, but also with the regimes (ideological, economic and so forth) under which films are produced and viewed, and with the more abstract theoretical and philosophical issues raised by film study."


Silents majority Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Online Journal of Silent film


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