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Comedy : a geographic and historical guide
Print Location: Burling PN6147 .C565 2005
This 2-volume set examines comedy from a variety of aspects including African-American comedians, Queer comedy, television sitcoms, and Native American trickster tales.  
Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory
Print Location: 3rd Floor PN1993.45 .C75 2001
Covers post-1960 film and television theory.
Film and Television: A Guide to the Reference Literature
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PN1994 .E446x 2006
A starting point to find appropriate sources for background information.
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.
Film & Television Literature Index Restricted Resource
Covers film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes full text of more than 90 journals and indexing for more than 600 publications.
Google Scholar
Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Find criticism and reviews

Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
1978-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from nearly 4,000 United States and international newspapers, news services, magazines, blogs, transcripts, and more.
New York Times Historical (1851-2013) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2013. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.

Images

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.
Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.

Web sites

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Contains basic information on over 1 million titles in TV and Film. Includes details such as plot, cast, director, producer, filming location, and links to other related websites.
Library of Congress American Memory: Motion Pictures
Provides a list of online collections at the Library of Congress containing motion pictures. Select promising collections before trying your search.
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