Variety has long been the leading trade publication of the entertainment industry. Depending on what years you are researching, a few different sources are available.
1905-2000: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive.
Alternative for the Classical Hollywood Studio Era: Media History Digital Library
1990s - Present: Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic Universe).
Daily Variety: The Woodruff Library also has access to the Daily Variety archives. Ask James Steffen for information about how to access. You must be a current Emory student or faculty member.
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
Proquest's Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive includes full-text searching and access for key trade newspapers in theater, film, broadcast media and music, among them the much-requested Variety. The database is primarily historical in focus; coverage extends to the year 2000. For more recent content in the same journals, check eJournals @ Emory (http://ejournals.emory.edu/).
Titles available in the database include:
Please note that Proquest is still in the process of adding content. For example, as of November 2012 coverage of Variety extends only from 1951-1975. They will be digitizing and indexing more issues in the coming months, until the archive is complete as listed above.
Media History Digital Library
The Media History Digital Library is an open-access collection of digitized media industry trade papers and fan magazines. In addition to high quality image scans of individual issues, it includes full-text searching. Many of these periodicals are not fully indexed or searchable elsewhere. Publications reproduced include: