Film and Media Arts

An introductory guide to research in film and media arts topics.

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Older Journal Issues in PIO

PIO, Periodicals Index Online, provides retrospective full text online coverage of the following film and media studies journals:

  • Cinema Journal (formerly Journal of the Society of Cinematologists) 1961-1996
  • Film and History (formerly Historians film committee newsletter) 1971-1995
  • Film History 1987-1995
  • Film Quarterly (formerly Quarterly of Film, Radio, and Television and Hollywood Quarterly) 1945-1957
  • Framework 1975-1992
  • Journal of Popular Culture 1967-1991
  • Journal of Popular Film (and Television) 1972-1978
  • Literature/Film Quarterly 1973-2000
  • Monthly Film Bulletin 1934-1991
  • Sight and Sound 1932-1995
  • Velvet Light Trap 1971-2000

and indexing for

  • Animation journal 1992-1995
  • Cahiers du cinéma 1951-1995
  • Cahiers Jean Cocteau 1969-1993
  • Cantrills filmnotes 1971-1995
  • The Chronicle of Cinema (supplement to Sight & Sound 1895-1995) 1994-1995
  • Cinéaste 1967-1995
  • Cinema papers  1974-1990
  • Études cinématographiques 1960-1994
  • Film culture 1955-1994
  • Film comment (formerly Vision in 1962)  1962-1995
  • Film criticism 1976-1995Films in review  1950-1995
  • Film quarterly (was Hollywood quarterly / 1945-1951 and The Quarterly of film, radio, and television / 1951-1957)  1945-1996
  • Frauen und Film  1974-1995
  • Film review 1944-1995
  • Historical journal of film, radio and television  1981-1995
  • Millennium film journal 1977-1995
  • Post script 1981-1995
  • Quarterly review of film and video (formerly Quarterly review of film studies / 1976-1985) 1976-1995
  • Screen (formerly Screen education / 1959-1968) 1959-1995
  • SMPTE Journal (Society of Motion Picture Engineers, under various names) 1916-1995
  • Wide Angle 1976-1995

Don't forget to check to see if we have the back issues of the journal you want in print, in the library.

Scholarly, Popular, Trade? What's in a name? (short)

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Journal Types
Popular, Scholarly, Trade?  What's in a Name? Scholarly Journals Popular Journals Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.


Trade Journals from US Film Industry

Trade publications are useful for industry research, and a good source for information about the financing and production of a film, labor issues, commercial success, marketing strategies, and more.  A great starting point for online access to historic trade journals is the Media History Digital Library.