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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.).

Background facts and figures about television programs and industry

EP Guides Episode lists with original airdates and links to's plot summaries, credits, etc. for over 4,000 television shows. Compiled by fans.
Worldwide Internet access.
International Television & Video Almanac Annual compendium of broadcast, cable, and satellite television industry statistics, who's who biographies, network histories, and directory of stations, networks, producers, industry services, DVD & video retailers, etc.
Latest year available in Graduate Library Reference and Undergraduate Library Reference at call number: HE 8698 .I62. Earlier years available in Buhr Shelving Facility (1958-79) and Graduate Library stacks (1980- ) at same call number.
Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television First edition of 1997. Includes more than 1,000 original essays examining specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal.
Worldwide Internet access. Second edition (2004) available in printed book form in Graduate Library Reference at call number: PN 1992.18 .E531 2004
Television Program Master Index Provides access to critical and historical information on over 1,000 television shows contained in hundreds of books. Allows you to locate parts of books that discuss a particular television show.
Available in Graduate Library Reference and Undergraduate Library Reference at call number: PN 1992.9 .D561 1996 CBS Interactive/CNET's website for and by fans. Includes in-depth show summaries, episode guides, cast bios, photos, news, and trivia on nearly 18,000 series from 1940s-present.
Worldwide Internet access.