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Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.

Film Reviews

World News Archive Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Includes film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, 1986-present.
New York Times Historical (1851-2015) 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 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890–1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Popular Magazines (Gale) Restricted Resource
Full-text access to the most searched magazines on Gale's InfoTrac platform.


Kanopy Streaming Video Restricted Resource Resource contains video
An on-demand video streaming service for libraries and other educational institutions, specializing in feature-length films and documentaries.

Scholarly Articles

Camera Obscura Restricted Resource
Provides a forum for scholarship and debate on feminism, culture, and media studies
The leading international journal of academic film and television studies. For online access, please use the tool Journal Finder on the Grinnell College Libraries' homepage.
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.
MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
1926–present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
Literature Online (LION) Restricted Resource
Fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, with nearly 400 full-text literature journals and other key criticism and reference resources.
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.

Reference Resources

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.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource
Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film [electronic resource] Restricted Resource
Provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.
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.
Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts
Print Location: Reserve PN1993.45 .H36 2006 Restricted Resource
Contains articles on a variety of genres, movements, theories, and terms related to cinema studies.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars)
The official domain of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), including six sections covering the organization's scope: The Awards, Meet the Academy, Events and Exhibitions, Science and Technology, Education and Outreach, and Research and Preservation.

Film and Video Collections

Archive of American Television
Collection of over 600 video interviews of well-known television actors, directors, executives, designers, stylists, location managers, and other professionals with years of experience in television.
Finding Films in Grinnell College Libraries
Explore our collection of documentary and feature films by limiting catalog searches to the Material Type of MEDIA.  
Internet Archive Feature Films
Feature films from many countries whose copyright protection is believed to have expired. Available for streaming or download.
Filmakers Library Online Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 
Global Shakespeares: Video and Performance Archive - Open Access
A collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field.
Library of Congress Digital Collections: Motion Pictures
Provides a list of digitized collections at the Library of Congress containing motion pictures, many from the early twentieth century. Browse collections to see what is available.
Provides free access to over 12,000 high-image-quality film clips from over 2,000 films, legally licensed. The clips are indexed by actor, title, genre, occasion, mood, and theme with extensive browsing capabilities.
Prelinger Film Archives
Made available by the Internet Archive, this free public archive includes 2,139 ephemeral films assembled by Rick Prelinger, a filmmaker and historian.  A tag cloud of the public collection allows clear, easy access. 

Web sites

World Cinema Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video collection featuring the best of silent-era films, masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and contemporary films from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. The collection covers the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the issues faced by cultures around the globe. Part of Films on Demand.
Silent Era
Provides listings and in-depth information about 21,000 films released internationally between 1888 and 1929.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

FILM (From Connections: A Hypertext Resource for Literature)
Professor Erik Simpson's site containing class material used in various courses. This section covers tools used to analyze and critique films.
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