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Research Assistance: Databases


The AFTRS Library gives AFTRS staff and students free access to these research databases.

Taylor & Francis: Media, Cultural & Communication Studies Database

Some of the journals in this collection:

  • Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
  • French Screen Studies (Studies in French Cinema)
  • Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television
  • Journal of Radio and Audio Media
  • New Review of Film & Television Studies
  • Quarterly Review of Film & Video
  • Studies in European Cinema

FIAF: International Index to Film Periodicals

Some of the journals in this collection:

  • Cineaste
  • Cinema Journal
  • Film Comment
  • Film Criticism
  • Film History
  • Film International
  • Film Quarterly
  • Framework
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television
  • Journal of Film & Video
  • Screen International

Intellect: Film & Media Collection 

Some of the journals in this collection:

  • Animation Practice, Process & Production
  • Artifact: Journal of Design Practice
  • Asian Cinema
  • Horror Studies
  • Journal of Digital Media & Policy
  • Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds
  • Journal of Popular Television
  • Journal of Screenwriting
  • New Cinemas
  • Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture
  • The Radio Journal
  • Short Film Studies
  • The Soundtrack
  • Studies in South Asian Film & Media
  • Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas

Bloomsbury & Faber Screenplays and Criticism

The Bloomsbury and Faber Screenplays and Criticism database brings together a wide range of content from Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber to support studies of the moving image.

It offers searchable access to screenplays presented in industry-standard studio format; introductory overview articles with expert analysis of selected themes; and critical and contextual books on cinema, including coverage of practical techniques for filmmaking and screenwriting.

Jstor (Access through the NSW State Library)

Search here for these topics:

  • Architecture & Architectural History
  • Art & Art History
  • Arts and Performing Arts
  • Business Management & Organisational Behavior
  • Classical Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Religion

Margaret Gee's Australian Media Guide (Access through the New South Wales State Library)

Search here for these topics:

  • Australian Media Contact Details

What is a Database?

These hold a collection of information, either focused on one subject or multidisciplinary.

Databases should be used to find authoritative journal articles for your assignments.  

They can include:

  • Journals,
  • Newspapers,
  • Magazines,
  • Reports,
  • Newsletters and more

Sometimes include books, but if you want books specifically, use the library catalogue.

What is a Journal Article?

Journal articles are shorter than books and written about very specific topics. A journal is a collection of articles (like a magazine) that is published regularly throughout the year. 

Journals present the most recent research, and journal articles are written by experts.