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Film and Television

Online Media Forums

Open access forums, journals, and less formal publication venues that contain emerging scholarship in media studies.

Periodicals: Infomation and Indexing

Article Databases Introduction

Film, television, and media studies scholarship is published in many different types of journals, and in a variety of disciplines and forms. While some articles and books are now available online, many others are not. As a result, there is no "one size fits all" search tool. The databases on this page are arranged by disciplinary focus, to assist you in determining priorities.

Note that many of these sources only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold UC-eLinks button to do an automated search to find the full text, or search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog. If connecting from home, make sure your computer is configured for off-campus access.

Core Film and Television Studies Databases

These more specialized tools index journals core to the study of film and television, including more international and professional practice-focused journals and magazines.

Communication Studies Databases

Although more focused on the social sciences than on aesthetics or history, Communications journals often contain scholarship on media, including television, gaming, social media, and more.

Entertainment Business and Law

Fine Arts Databases

Although more focused on the visual arts, these databases can be very helpful for identifying scholarship on video art and experimental film, animation, aesthetics, and other relevant topics.

Print Article Indexes

Despite the number of article databases and online content now available, several important print indexes, bibliographies, and facsimile reprints provide crucial access to early film periodicals.

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases are good starting places for contemporary and some historical writing in periodicals. They tend to be wide in scope, but not necessarily deep in coverage, particularly for articles in foreign languages.

Historic Magazines Online

Major digitization projects that include historic entertainment magazines previously unavailable online.