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Reference Sources: Encyclopedias & Writing Handbooks

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
A comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.

Also available in print at the E.J. Pratt Library in the reference collection on the main floor.

Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
A wealth of information on early cinema history, with coverage of the techniques and equipment of film production, profiles of the pioneering directors and producers, analysis of individual films, the rapid growth of distinct film genres, and the emergence of the movie star.

Also available in print in the reference collection.

Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film
Available in print in the reference collection. The book is not available online.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies
A bibliography is a list of the books of an author or publisher, or on a specific subject. Oxford Bibliographies, compiled by scholars and librarians, contain extensive lists of annotated titles on many topics within the study of virtue ethics and moral theory. It is a great way to find authoritative sources that are recognized as influential within the discipline.

Each subject contains an extensive introduction (which provides an overview of the topic) as well as a list of annotated titles of books, arranged by category.

Periodical Indexes

Film & Television Literature Index
Includes full-text film and television journals, international periodicals, monographs, yearbooks, conference papers and other scholarly and popular sources in film and television studies.

FIAF International Film Archive Databases
Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) Databases offers in-depth coverage of the world’s foremost academic and popular film journals from 1972 to the present.

Includes key film databases such as the AFI Catalog, the International Index to Performing Arts, and the Film Index International.

Digital Collections

Current Affairs in Video
Includes documentaries covering immigration and border studies, Middle East studies, urban studies, politicial science, globalization, human rights, and related topics.

Silent Film Online
The films included in the collection represents the basis of modern cinematic technique. It contains full-length, high-quality silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Treasures from the Film Archives
Contains information about silent film holdings in international film archives. It provides filmographic and holdings information on over 53,000 silent shorts and features, fiction and non-fiction, from over 112 of the world’s major film archives.

The collection can also be accessed through the FIAF International Film Archive Databases.

Film Studies Handbooks

Additional Research Resources &
Online Video Collections

University of Toronto Media Commons (on the third floor of the John P. Robarts Library) has an audio-visual collection currently holding more than 15-thousand titles: DVDs, videos, 16mm films, audiocassettes and various other formats.

The reference collection of includes books, indexes and periodicals. Additional online video resources are listed on the library’s web site.

Other major research resources in the field of Film Studies are listed on the University of Toronto Libraries web site.

created by: Colin Deinhardt & Agatha Barc | updated: 27 September 2017