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Key Resources for Media and Film

The following databases contain a variety of material, including journal articles, for your specific subject area. The brief descriptions beneath the titles will explain what each hold. To access, click on the title.

  • Art Abstracts
    Provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 450 international art publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Art Abstracts' international coverage encompasses periodicals published in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch, focused on a broad range of art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture and art history. Indexing spans from 1984 to the present.
  • BFI Inview  
    Includes over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th Century to the early 21st, arranged by themes including Education, UK Industry and Economy, Health, Law & Order, Environment and Immigration, Race and Equality.
  • British Humanities Index (BHI)
    Now known as Humanities Index.
    An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 400 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.
  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB)  
    Allows the user to view or listen to over 1 million TV and radio programmes, record from 60+ channels, create clips, search transcripts, compile playlists and more
  • Daily Mirror Archive
    Access to the entire archive of the Daily Mirror, from 1903 to the present day.
  • EBL Library  
    Provides a cross-platform, multiple-devices, online-or-offline ebook system for academic and research libraries.
  • FIAF Documentation Collections
    Detailed information about the documentation collections of the world's foremost film archives, libraries, and educational institutions.
  • FIAF Index to Film Periodicals
    Contains over 400,000 article citations from more than 330 periodicals. It offers in-depth coverage of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals.
  • FIAF Members' Publications
    Allows you to find detailed information on books, pamphlets, programmes, and other materials published since 1966 by FIAF archives.
  • FIAF Treasures from Film Archives
    Contains credits and holdings information about the silent-era film holdings of film archives from around the world. It is conceived as a tool to aid the work of preservation and scholarly research, and provides brief identification information on over 40,500 works. The database encompasses features as well as short films, and actualities as well as fictional works.
  • Guardian and Observer Historical Archive, 1821-2003
    A searchable digital archive containing articles from the first issues in 1821 for the Guardian and 1791 for the Observer.
  • Kanopy
    An on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films each year. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.
  • Nexis
    A comprehensive newspaper database, updated daily, providing full text access to all UK national newspapers, plus regional newspapers, international news providers and a number of trade journals and magazines.
  • Oxford Art Online (Includes Grove Art Online)
    Allows users to access and search Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
  • Picture Post
    Comprises the complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957.
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975: Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest
    Contains colour digital images of archival material sourced from key libraries and organisations in Britain and America. Includes material from the Mass Observation Archive.
  • Project Muse
    Provides access to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
  • Scopus
    Includes the abstracts and cited references of over 23,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 5,000 international publishers in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. Scopus includes references of all articles published since 1996, offering newly-linked citations across the widest body of articles available including Open Access and electronic-only titles. 20 million pre-1996 records captured without references go back as far as 1823.
  • Sense of Cinema
    Founded in 1999, Senses of Cinema is one of the first online film journals of its kind and has set the standard for professional, high quality film-related content on the Internet. As an Australian-based journal, they also have a special commitment to the regular, wide-ranging analysis and critique of Australian cinema, past and present.
  • Screenonline
    Features video clips from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive, along with stills, posters and press books and several hours of recorded interviews with film and television personalities.
  • Screen Search
    Screen Search - a catalogue of selected films from the Screen Archive South East collection.

    Search the database or browse key themes and collections, and view stills and video clips of selected films from the archive.
  • Taylor and Francis ebooks
    Giving access to a wide range of titles across multiple subject areas.
  • Times Digital Archive 1785-2010
    Complete digital edition of The Times of London for the period 1785-2008. Includes all articles, advertisements and illustrations or photographs.
  • TRILT  
    Listings for more than 300 TV and radio channels from 1995 onwards with data available at least 10 days before transmission.
  • TVTimes Project 1955-1985
    Searchable database of the TVTimes from September 1955 to March 1985.
  • Web of Science
    Provides access to the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

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