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.
Film Quick Reference
IMDb - the Internet Movie Database - Recommended movie database with information on more than 200,000 titles.
CinemaSpot - "CinemaSpot.com 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.
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"
Fotophile.com 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.
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.
These can all be found in Merchiston Library: look them up in LibrarySearch.
DVDs and videos
You will find a range of titles relating to film & photography in the classification ranges 770-779 and 791-792
These are now shelved in the main stock with other film books at Merchiston Library.
Box of Broadcasts - a fantastic database of video material for teaching and learning - and you get to add to it if you want!
You can find more information about using BoB on our TV for learning webpage.
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: - http://onlinevideo.napier.ac.uk
To see the videos it is essential to log in:
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: