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  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

    Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is a comprehensive bibliographic and full text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, screenwriting and reviews.  [Details]

  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • Film Literature Index

    Film Literature Index Online annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television.  [Details]

  • Film Index International

    Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.  [Details]

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete

    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides content in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline.  [Details]

  • Filmakers Library Online

    Added Volumes 2 and 3 to increase the number of videos available in this collection to over 1,100.

    Filmakers Library Online 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. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.  [Details]

  • American Film Institute Catalog

    The AFI Catalog is a unique filmographic resource providing an unmatched level of comprehensiveness and detail on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies. Detailed information on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film.  [Details]

  • Academic Search Complete

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Central. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, scholarly full-text database including peer-reviewed journals, full-text
    periodicals, reports, books, and much more. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. It includes over 13,690 indexed and abstracted journals and full-text for nearly 9,100 journals.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • America: History & Life

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.  [Details]

  • NC Live Video Collection

    Streaming videos on American History, Arts, Biography, Business & Investing, Cultural Studies, Current Issues, Education, Health, North Carolina, Science, World History.  [Details]

  • Theatre in Video

    Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 60 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.  [Details]

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid is a collection of over two million archival material descriptions, providing access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.  [Details]

  • EBSCOHost

    Offers Academic Search Complete, MasterFile Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and many more. Several databases may be searched at once. Full text articles are offered in both HTML and PDF format on thousands of titles.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   EBSCOhost - Creating an Advanced Search

  • Web of Science

    Web of Science will undergo scheduled maintenance on December 13, 2014 to release new search functionality. During this time, access may be intermittent.

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • Directory of Open Access journals - (DOAJ)

    The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Includes multidisciplinary scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.  [Details]

  • Taylor & Francis Online

    Indexes all journals from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press; more than 10,000 eBooks from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Informa Healthcare.  [Details]

  • ArticleFirst

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals in the fields of business humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, sociology, and technology.  [Details]

  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

    Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is a comprehensive bibliographic and full text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, screenwriting and reviews.  [Details]

  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.  [Details]

  • Project MUSE

    Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Project Muse Advanced Search

  • Film Literature Index

    Film Literature Index Online annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television.  [Details]

  • Film Index International

    Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.  [Details]

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete

    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides content in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline.  [Details]

  • Filmakers Library Online

    Added Volumes 2 and 3 to increase the number of videos available in this collection to over 1,100.

    Filmakers Library Online 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. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.  [Details]

  • American Film Institute Catalog

    The AFI Catalog is a unique filmographic resource providing an unmatched level of comprehensiveness and detail on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies. Detailed information on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film.  [Details]

  • Academic Search Complete

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Central. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, scholarly full-text database including peer-reviewed journals, full-text
    periodicals, reports, books, and much more. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. It includes over 13,690 indexed and abstracted journals and full-text for nearly 9,100 journals.  [Details]

  • JSTOR

    Archive of selected scholarly journals in ecology, economics, history, mathematics, music, political science, statistics, and other humanities and social sciences.  [Details]

  • America: History & Life

    Allows six users access at a time.  Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.

    America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.  [Details]

  • NC Live Video Collection

    Streaming videos on American History, Arts, Biography, Business & Investing, Cultural Studies, Current Issues, Education, Health, North Carolina, Science, World History.  [Details]

  • Theatre in Video

    Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 60 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.  [Details]

  • ArchiveGrid

    ArchiveGrid is a collection of over two million archival material descriptions, providing access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.  [Details]

  • EBSCOHost

    Offers Academic Search Complete, MasterFile Complete, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and many more. Several databases may be searched at once. Full text articles are offered in both HTML and PDF format on thousands of titles.   [Details]

    Tutorial:   EBSCOhost - Creating an Advanced Search

  • Web of Science

    Web of Science will undergo scheduled maintenance on December 13, 2014 to release new search functionality. During this time, access may be intermittent.

    This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Citation Report and H-index with Web of Science

  • Directory of Open Access journals - (DOAJ)

    The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Includes multidisciplinary scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text.  [Details]

  • Taylor & Francis Online

    Indexes all journals from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press; more than 10,000 eBooks from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Informa Healthcare.  [Details]

  • ArticleFirst

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will no longer be available. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

    OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals in the fields of business humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, sociology, and technology.  [Details]

  • Films on Demand Video Master Collection

    Access to this resource will begin in January 2015.

    Thousands of high quality videos from travel and fitness programming, to home and how-to videos, indie films, popular music performances, documentaries, and curriculum-based educational videos.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Central

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Research Library

    A multidisciplinary, general reference database covering covering over 150 academic disciplines. Consists of a diversified mix of over 6,000 titles - over 75% in full text - from 1971 forward, including scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]


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