Cinematic Arts Research Guide


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Web resources

Cinema/Film Sources

British Council Film Collection
Provides access to various historical documentary films that were made during the 1940’s to counteract the Nazi propaganda about Britain. All films are digitized and freely available. Some of the titles included in the collection are: Cambridge (1945) and Each for All (1945). Content is searchable by subject/title, year (1940-1950), and series ("human geography," "scenes from Shakespeare," etc.).

Collections: UCLA Film and Television Archive
This site is considered to be the largest collection of media materials in the United States, after the Library of Congress. The site contains motion pictures from 1890-present, television (news, commercials, and public affairs), and audio/radio. The archive’s focus is on education, preservation, and restoration. Remote researchers are restricted from accessing the media content. Short clips of historic films may be available and viewable for some films.

Film Resources on the Web

Internet Movie Database
Basic information on films, including plot summaries and credits.

Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research


Old-Time Radio Researchers Group


Educational Media Reviews Online


I Love Lucy: An American Legend
A collection of images and artifacts connected to the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz collection.

Reference E-Books

Chambers Film FactFinder
Collection of useful and often fascinating information on many aspects of film, from the early days of silent cinema to the twenty-first century. With wide-ranging coverage and an international scope, it has something to interest everyone from casual film fans to dedicated enthusiasts. Carefully researched factual information is combined with a measure of critical analysis, ensuring that each section can entertain as well as inform. Biographies of actors and directors offer suggested career ‘highs’ and ‘lows’; genre and country sections give brief factual histories, alongside lists of key people and films; and the selection of notable films is designed to provoke interest and discussion, rather than representing a ‘best-of’ list. The reference section includes essential facts, figures and definitions, as well as varied and highly readable lists on such subjects as censored films, memorable dance numbers and notorious commercial flops.

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in Primo, limiting to resources at GFU.  Use Primo's advanced search option to limit searchs by subject, or for a broader search simply use the single search box on the library's home page. 

By call number

If you want to browse for print books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

PN 1993- 1996 Motion Pictures
PN 4699 – PN 5650 Journalism
PN 4784.B75 Broadcast Journalism
PN 2053 Stage management, production, direction
TR 843 – TR899 Cinematography (technical aspects of production
  includes lighting, sound, animation)