Databases by Subject: Media Arts/Film

Major Indexes

AFI Catalog

Find production credits, director, cast, plot summary, genre for American feature films produced from 1893 to present.

American Film Scripts Online

Find film scripts, screenwriters, producers, directors from selected American feature films from 1903.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Find primary sources on film history, film and entertainment industries, vaudeville, silent movies, film, music, broadcasting and theater.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

Find articles on film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and thousands of images from the MPTV Image Archive.

Film Index International

Find film plot summaries, cast and crew lists, personality biographies and film awards.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)

Find articles, film reviews, and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

International Index to Film Periodicals

Find bibliographic citations to academic and popular film journals and articles.

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)

Find articles on the arts and entertainment industry, including dance, theater, opera, film, and television.

Kanopy Streaming Video

View streaming videos on a wide variety of subjects.

Media Education Foundation Films

Access 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)

Find journal articles, books and dissertations published worldwide from the 1920s on literature, language and linguistics. delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films to your TV, desktop or mobile device.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Find abstracts of evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, and FOX News, special news reports, coverage of political conventions, Presidential press conferences, State of the Union Addresses, and more. Includes online streaming video access to CNN programs from 1998-present.