Databases for Cinema Studies

Use one or more of the following databases (in alphabetical order) to search for journal articles or other document types on cinema. Select databases that match your area of research in terms of subject and regional coverage, etc.

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American film scripts online.
Coverage: Contains over 1,000 award-winning, critically-acclaimed and important U.S. film scripts from 1903-2006, together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts (extensively linked to the Internet Movie Database). Browse or search by genre, subject, year, etc. Facsimile images for more than 500 of the screenplays are included. The primary focus of the database is the written work, rather than the film itself. It allows users to see and understand the structure of films, character development, beginnings and endings, plot points and scenes.
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Art full text
Coverage: Provides full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications, with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Subject coverage includes art and architectural history, film/cinema, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television and video.
Date range: 1984- (indexing/abstracts); 1995- (full text)
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ARTbibliographies modern
Coverage: Provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, exhibition catalogues, etc. on all forms of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century onwards. Subjects covered include art history and theory, aesthetics and philosophy of art, ethnic and tribal art, museums and galleries, society and art, architecture, design, drawing and illustration, films and film-making, installation art, painting, photography since its invention, prints and printmaking, sculpture, typography, performance art.
Date range: 1960-
Publication types: Journal articles, books, dissertations, essays, exhibition catalogues and reviews
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Dissertation abstracts online
Coverage: Index of abstracts of dissertations submitted for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees. Titles published since 1997 have 24 page previews available.
Date range: 1861-
Publication types: Dissertations
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Film literature Index
Coverage: The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television.
Date range: 1976 to 2001
Access: No access restrictions

Index New Zealand
Coverage: Multidisciplinary coverage of material published in and about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Date range: 1987-
Publication types: Academic journals, magazines, newspapers
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Coverage: Provides full-text access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in many subjects. Does not include current journal issues; content is updated according to a "moving wall" process.
Date range: Updated monthly
Publication types: Journal articles, reviews
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Kanopy Streaming Video
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Coverage: An on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines.
Publication types: Streaming videos
Note: Some Kanopy content may be restricted to users 18 and over. Where this applies, you must be 18 years of age or older to access this material. Please exercise caution.
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MLA international bibliography
Coverage: Literature, language, linguistics and folklore.
Date range: 1963-
Publication types: Journals, books.
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The New York times
Coverage: Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue are available in the ProQuest version. See Access conditions below for links to 1857-1922 and 1923-2018 issue ranges. Current articles are available in Factiva.
Date range: 1851-2018
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Oxford reference online
Coverage: The two collections contain over 300 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. CU subscribes to 214 of the 316. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the Core Collection.
Date range: Latest editions. Updated three times per annum
Publication types: Encyclopedias, dictionaries
Note: UC subscribes to the Premium Collection
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Project MUSE
Coverage: Provides full-text access to humanities, arts and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
Date range: 1993-
Publication types: Journal articles
Note: UC subscription is to Standard Collection (journals only).
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