Film studies

Film Studies Databases

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
The database indexes over 300 journals with some full-text coverage (of over 70 journals and 50 books) covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database
Contains over 500,000 article citations from more than 345 film periodicals, including linked full text to over 60 journals. This database contains FIAF's “Treasures from Film Archives”; a detailed index of the silent-era film holdings of archives from around the world.

AFI Catalog
A national filmography documenting the history of American cinema. Cataloging currently covers the years 1893-1975 comprehensively, with additional records covering selected major films from 1976 onwards.

General Databases (Film related)

Communication and Mass Media Complete
Contains articles and citations for various communications publications.

Google Scholar
Provides a multidisciplinary search for scholarly literature. Indexes peer reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Provides access to the complete archives of major journals in a variety of subjects. JSTOR is a "moving wall" archive: newer years are added as publishers allow. For example, one journal may cover everything up to 3 years ago, while another may cover everything up to 5 years ago.

Canadian Content

Canadian Business and Current Affairs
Indexing over 1,800 publications, CBCA Database provides more than 700 publications in full text with over 300 with ongoing full text. Broad coverage from a Canadian perspective.

Contains citations to Canadian English and French language journals. Documents include essays, articles, short stories, and book reviews. Covers 1,200 English and French language journals published in, or providing, significant coverage of Canada.  Mostly fulltext.

Theses and Dissertations

Carleton's Institutional Repository. 

Dissertations and Theses Global
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present. PQDT Global includes theses from Great Britain and Ireland.

Dissertations and Theses@Carleton
Contains citations & abstracts for Carleton University Master’s and PhD theses as well as the full-text for theses. (Full text from 1997 onwards.)

Library Resources

A streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects, from arts, humanities, health, business, education, and more.

Online streaming video collection that provides unlimited access to thousands of videos in numerous subject areas. These video can be added to online catalogs, distance education courses, and learning management systems. Includes captioning with interactive and searchable transcripts on all titles.
Watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Includes historical films dating back to 1928 to current contemporary releases, including award-winning documentaries, animation and fiction.

Audio Cine Films
Wide selection of streaming feature films. Works with Google Chrome browser. Other browsers require third party plug in.

Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film platform intended to provide easy access to educationally relevant feature films used in Canadian Higher Education Institutions. 

Library DVD Collection
The library's video collection is housed in our Reserves room. Since the shelves are not browsable, it is best to do a catalogue search for the title of the movie you are looking for. You can then bring the title and call number to Reserves on the main floor of the library.

Is the film you're looking for not in our collection? Search Watmedia to locate videos at other Ontario universities.  If you wish to borrow a video listed in Watmedia please fill out our Interfilm Video Request form - do not submit requests directly to Watmedia.

Other Resources

British Pathe
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.

Moving Image Archive
This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

Content last updated: November 12, 2020