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Film & Video Studies / Screen Arts & Cultures

Selected resources useful for conducting research on moving image media of all kinds, including cinema (popular movies, documentaries, animation, etc.), television, and digital media (video games, etc.).

Use these indexes to find articles from farther back in the past.

Periodicals Index Online (PIO) An index to millions of articles in more than 4,500 European and American humanities and social science journals (including 22 film and video studies journals), from their first issues through 1995. Covers many older journals not indexed electronically anywhere else. Includes full text for 475 of the journals (including older issues of Cinema Journal, Film History, Framework, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Monthly Film Bulletin, and Sight & Sound).
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Full-text searchable access to the complete backfiles of the New York Times (1851-2004), Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), Chicago Tribune (1849-1986), Wall Street Journal (1889-1990) and Washington Post (1877-1991), plus five African-American community newspapers: Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Chicago Defender (1909-1975), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002). Includes original page images digitized from microfilm.
Text-only access (without images of original printed pages) to more recent articles--up to yesterday's issue--from first 5 titles is available in Access World News and/or LexisNexis Academic databases, and from Chicago Defender & New York Amsterdam News is available in Ethnic Newswatch database.
Readers Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) Indexes articles from 240 popular periodicals published in the U.S. & Canada, covering current events & news, fine arts, fashion, etc. Useful for locating articles and reviews concerning films and television programs produced before 1982.
Make sure box for "Readers Guide Retro" is checked on initial search screen. Can also click on "Open Database Selection Area" and check box for "Readers Guide Abstracts" to search from 1982-present.