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Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can also:

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Glossary of Filmographic Terms

FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film or International Federation of Film Archives) offes the Glossary of Filmographic Terms, a free, online multilingual dictionary.

Film and Television Literature with Full Text

Film and Television Literature with Full Text

Film and Television Literature With Full Text covers hundreds of academic journals, trade journals, and popular periodicals pertaining to film, television and the entertainment industry.

Includes full text access for a number of titles. IMPORTANT NOTE: the older Variety film reviews in the “Variety Film Reviews” module are redacted and often have incorrect publication dates listed. This problem does not affect more recent Variety film reviews in the main portion of the database. For a more complete and accurate collection of older Variety film reviews, use the Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive database.

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American Film Institute Catalog

This excellent online resource for American feature films (1893-1973) gives production information, date of release and date of copyright, length in reels and minutes, director and production staff, source (if based on short story, novel, play), a full cast list (including many uncredited roles)and a plot summary. Contains more detailed and accurate information than commercial websites such as and

Entries often include notes and review sources from cinema and trade journals not indexed anywhere else, making this a useful starting point for more advanced research. Also in print as: Reference PN1998 .A57

Highlighted Resource: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

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 (

Titles available in the database include:

  • American Film (Archive: 1975-1992)
  • Back Stage (Archive: 1960-2000)
  • The Billboard (Archive: 1894-1960)
  • Billboard (Archive: 1963-2000)
  • Boxoffice (Archive: 1920-2000)
  • Broadcasting, Combined With Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1933-1936)
  • Broadcasting, Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1936-1945)
  • Broadcasting, Telecasting (Archive: 1945-1957)
  • Broadcasting (Archive: 1957-1993)
  • Broadcasting & Cable (Archive: 1993-2000)
  • Contrast (Archive: 1961-1966)
  • The Independent Film Journal (Archive: 1937-1979)
  • The Film Journal (Archive: 1979-1996)
  • Music America Magazine (Archive: 1976-1977)
  • Musician, Player, and Listener (Archive: 1977-1982)
  • Musician (Archive: 1982-1999)
  • New Musical Express (Archive: 1952-2000)
  • Radio & Records (Archive: 1973-1993)
  • R & R (Archive: 1994-2000)
  • Screen international (Archive: 1976-2000)
  • Spin (Archive: 1985-2000)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1880-1959)
  • The Stage and Television Today (Archive: 1959-1994)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1995-2000)
  • Variety (Archive: 1905-2000)

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.

Highlighted Resource: Media History Digital Library

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:

  • Business Screen (1938-1973)
  • The Film Daily (1918-1936)
  • International Photographer (1929-1941)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (1930-1949)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1950-1954)
  • The Educational Screen (1922-1962)
  • Moving Picture World (1912-1918)
  • Photoplay (1917-1940)
  • Radio Age: Research, Manufacturing, Communications, Broadcasting, Television (1942-1957)
  • Radio Broadcast (1922-1930)

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