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Background Literature Resources
Why use background or tertiary resources?
- Learn important terms, notable scholars or works, and more information about a topic.
- Bibliographies, further reading, and works cited sections can lead you to secondary sources you can use in your research.
- It's a quick overview of a theme, work, author, or other topic, which can save you time!
Secondary Resources - Databases for Literature Research
MLA International Bibliography
Citations, abstracts, and full text materials. Includes articles and books. Does not include book reviews.
Humanities International Index
Citations and abstracts for articles, books, reviews, and reference sources in the humanities. Many links to full text articles.
Journal articles. Most items are older than five years.
Journal articles. Most items are recent publications (less than five years old).
Communication & mass media complete
Index of over 700 titles. Contains abstracts, full-text articles, and citations.
Performing arts periodicals database
Covers arts and entertainment (dance, film, television, drama, etc.). Each full text in the file contains an abstract.
Library Catalog Searching - Subject Headings
Helpful handouts and links
Other Research Resources
"filmarchives online provides easy and free access to catalogue information of film archives from all over Europe."
International Movie Database (IMDb)
Online databases of films, television, and more. Includes case and production crew information, plot synopsis, trivia, and reviews.
Public film library in Austria.
Library at the German film archive in Berlin.
la Bibliothèque du film
French library of cinema that includes the French Film Archives, and the Cinémathèque française (historic French movie theatre).
European Film Gateway
"Access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques."
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.