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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: Film, Photography & Television

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

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Finding Journal Articles  /  Film, images and sound  /  

Technical & business data  /  E-books  /

Key Resources in Merchiston Library /  

Internet Resources: a selection to explore


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Finding Journal Articles

The best way to find journal articles is to try keyword searching in LibrarySearch, using the Everything tab.  However, you may also want to try searching directly in some of the databases that contribute to LibrarySearch.  Here's a list of the best ones for the subject area.

Free online journals 

Film-Philosophy - "Film-Philosophy is an open access peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the engagement between film studies and philosophy. The journal is interested in the ways in which films develop and contribute to philosophical discussion. We particularly welcome articles that set up an active engagement between film studies and philosophy, thereby sustaining a thoughtful re-evaluation of key aspects of each discipline.." 
Jump Cut: a review of contemporary media - Classic essays from earlier issues available online. 
p.o.v. filmtidsskrift: a Danish journal of film studies - Film journal published at Aarhus University, ceased publication 2009. 
Scope: an online journal of film studies - "Scope is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited by staff and students in the Institute of Film & Television Studies at the University of Nottingham.....Scope provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of film history, theory and criticism." 1999-2014
Screening the Past - "an international, refereed, electronic journal of visual media and history". With a searchable archive of full-text articles. 
Senses of Cinema - "an online film journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema". There is an excellent searchable archive of full-text articles. 
Film Studies for Free - Online Film and Media Studies Journals - "A-Z list of links to online, Open Access, English-language Film-Studies related e-journals and other relevant scholarly, periodical websites with at least some OA content".  No recent updates, but still useful.

Many of our journals are now online, but you'll find these in the rolling shelving at either end of the lower floor of the Main Stock collection:  current issues may be on display near the newspapers.

  • American cinematographer
  • American photo (donation)
  • A-n
  • Aperture
  • Blindspot
  • British journal of photography
  • Camera obscura (older issues)
  • Cineaste (donation)
  • Creative camera (older issues)
  • Cinema retro (donation)
  • Ei8ht (older issues)
  • Film and philosophy
  • History of photography (older issues)
  • Little white lies (donation)
  • Moviescope
  • Next level (older issues)
  • October (older issues)
  • Photobook review
  • Photographer's guide to turning pro
  • Photographic journal
  • Photography monthly (donation)
  • Photoworks
  • Portfolio (older issues0
  • Professional photographer
  • Screen (older issues)
  • Screen international 
  • Scriptwriter
  • Sight and sound
  • So film (donation)
  • Source
  • Stooshie (donation)
  • Ten 8 (older issues)
  • Uncut (donation)
  • Vertigo (older issues)
  • Viewfinder

Technical & business data

Internet Resources: a selection to explore

Film Quick Reference 

IMDb - the Internet Movie Database - Recommended movie database with information on more than 200,000 titles. 
CinemaSpot - " is a free information resource center that simplifies the search for top movie-related resources on the Web." Reviews, film history, industry information, articles, events. 

Film scripts 

The Internet Movie Script Database - hundreds of film scripts for reading and downloading. 

Film & TV history 

British Film Institute - Information on the Institute's activities, forthcoming events, advice on film funding. Access to the BFI Film and TV database, and BFI Screenonline
Silent Era - "A collection of news and information pertaining to silent era films." The Film List section is particularly useful as the index entries for each film include references to books and articles. 
National Media Museum - Information about the museum and lots of links to interesting websites
EU Screen : EUscreen offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today.
LikeTelevision - The Broadband Media Network - a US-based service which delivers video applications over the internet. Their web site contains thousands of video clips from television shows, which may be accessed and used for personal or educational purposes. Categories are Classic TV, Cartoons, Movies, History, Toys, Time Machine.
Film studies for free - "A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online,Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note".


Luminous-Lint  Photography: history, evolution and analysis  -  "Luminous-Lint  has been constructed collaboratively over the last decade to share information on the history of photography worldwide. Over 2,500 people, estates and institutions have provided information - with hundreds of continually-improving histories of photography it is unique in the arts."  
Luminous landscape -   a rich mine of  essays, articles, techniques, tutorials on photographic tecniques.
British Institute of Professional Photography Information about the Society, and how to qualify for membership, and a careers guide to working in the photographic industry. 
British Journal of Photography "Online version of the world's oldest photography magazine" Online magazine, including a large collection of links, searchable geographically, or by broad categories, such as photojournalism, nature, black & white. Only drawback is that there are a lot of broken links. 
Documentary Photography: Jacob Riis A Multimedia CAL Program To Teach The Analysis Of Documentary Photography This program and its contents, including textual and image based materials, may be used for educational purposes only: education, private study or research. 
History of Photography, by Robert Leggat Actually more of a searchable internet encyclopaedia of the history of photography 
The Daguerreian Society Everything you could possibly want to know about the daguerreotype, with lots of images 
Autograph Website of the Association of Black Photographers. Includes profiles of artists and examples of their work. 
Eastman Museum  Pay a virtual visit to the museum through their online gallery of images 
UCR / California Museum of Photography "UCR / CMP is vitally concerned with the intersection of photography, new imaging media and society". Lots of images of recent work, but also historic collections of stereographs, cameras, and images by over 1000 photographers.  Click on the Collections tab.

Film & TV Industry 

European Audiovisual Observatory - The European Audiovisual Observatory is a "focal point for business information on the audiovisual sector in Europe." Information and data on economic, legal and financial matters concerning the film industry, television, video and the new media in 33 European member States and within the European Union. Some industry reports can be read online free of charge. 
Creative Scotland - "Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland's arts, screen and creative industries". Information about Scotland as a film location, schemes for encouraging new work, and links to other sites
Creative Edinburgh - "one-stop shop for all of Edinburgh's creative and cultural industries". Connect to available support, programmed events, business-to-business networks, skills development and investment opportunities.  
International Moving Image Society -  formerly BKSTS: The British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society - "to encourage, sustain, educate, train and represent all those who are involved creatively or technologically in the business of providing moving images and associated crafts in any form and through any media". While the site is primarily for members of the society, it also includes careers information and related web links. 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - the official Oscars site, and all about the Academy as well.
BAFTA Guru - Masterclasses, lectures and much more from experts in their fields.
Creative Skillset  Creative Skillset helps the Creative Industries to develop the skills and talent they need to remain world-class. Jobs, new business help etc.
BBC Academy: Production management (TV)  Production skills, tips and know-how from the BBC Academy. 

Study skills for film students 

University of Toronto: Advice on Academic Writing - essay writing, critical reading, note taking, internet research, plagiarism, style and grammar and much more

Purdue Online Writing Lab  -  The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, provided as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. It doesn't specifically cover writing for film, photography or TV, but other arts subjects are covered.

Film and education 

British Universities Film & Video Council - this site covers educational use of film and video in all academic subject areas, and is a good source of information on research collections and educational broadcast productions. Includes the catalogue of the British Universities Newsreels Project. 

What's on in Edinburgh 

Edinburgh Film Guide - Lists films currently showing at all the city cinemas. 
Edinburgh Filmhouse - Details of the current month's programme, and forthcoming events

Key Resources in Merchiston Library

Key reference books

These can all be found in Merchiston Library: look them up in LibrarySearch.

  • Dictionary of film terms
  • Encyclopedia of the documentary film
  • Guardian international film guide
  • Kemps : film, television & commercials production services handbook 
  • Encyclopedia of European cinema
  • Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema 
  • Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography
  • Encyclopedia of twentieth-century photography
  • The Focal encyclopedia of photography : digital imaging, theory and applications, history, and science

DVDs and videos
You will find a range of titles relating to film & photography in the classification ranges 770-779 and 791-792

Moonstone Collection of Filmscripts

These are now shelved in the main stock with other film books at Merchiston Library.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts  -  a fantastic database of video material for teaching and learning  -  and you get to add to it if you want!

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You can find more information about using BoB on our TV for learning webpage.

More film, images and sound

Merchiston library has a large collection of DVDs and some videos which can be borrowed for 7 days.  This includes many feature films - find items using LibrarySearch.

Since 2014 we have been continuing to record extensively from terrestrial TV channels, and the recordings can now be found on the University's Online Video Server:   -

To see the videos it is essential to log in:

  • Log in using the button on the top right-hand side (your standard University log-in details)
  • Click on TV Recordings (on the top left-hand side)

You will see a large range of categories, including cinema, marketing, biological sciences etc. Choose a title from any of these categories and click on it to start the programme.

You can access the online video service on- or off-campus.  

Please note that recordings are made under licence from the Educational Recording Agency (ERA+) for educational purposes only.



In addition here is a list of other specialist databases you can explore:

  • Films from the Home Front- a collection of unique moving images illustrating what life was like for ordinary people in Britain during the Second World War, as seen through amateur documentaries, newsreels, government films, and home movies.
  • Capital Collections- a choice of images from the collections of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services
  • National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive -  formerly the Scottish Screen Archive, this is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. 1,700 films and clips online.
  • British Pathé - 90,000 historic clips online from one of the oldest media companies in the world
  • Bridgeman Images Thousands of images from museums and galleries around the world. All images on this site are copyright protected and displayed for reference only. Images may be printed out for reference using Lightboxes.
  • Scholars' Resource - Images for the teaching of art history and related subjects. Thumbnail images can be viewed on the site for many artists.
  • JISC Digital Media - This is an archived site, no longer maintained, but it still contains a lot of useful information to guide people through the process of finding, creating, managing, delivering and using digital media..