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National Endowment for the Arts: Research Notes

“Along with their sponsorship of various artistic endeavors, the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creates specialized analyses of topics of
interest to policy-makers, arts administrators, and others with an interest
in the arts. Their Research Notes papers can be found here, and visitors can
browse the papers by the date of their release or by subject. Currently,
there are almost 100 papers listed on the site. The first paper was released
in 1982, and since then, the NEA has sponsored papers that include “College
Course-Taking Patterns in the Arts”, “International Data on Government
Spending on the Arts”, and “Public Participation in the Arts: 1982 and
1992″. Finally, the site also contains links to the NEA’s research brochures
and a place where visitors can sign up to receive email updates about new
research publications. [KMG]” excerpt from Internet Scout Report 9/4/09

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History of the American Cinema, is now available electronically through the Gale Virtual Reference Collection. This essential resource, also available in print, documents American film history decade by decade currently through the 1980s.

In addition, Gale Virtual Reference includes The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the Past, International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakres, Movies Made for Television: 1964-2004, and Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film.

Link to Gale Virtual Reference

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In microfilm, Cinema Pressbooks provide a unique source for production histories from the original studio collections of United Artists (1919-1949), Warner Brothers (1922-1949), and Monogram Pictures (1937-1946).

Located in the Periodical and Microfilm Reading Room
Butler Library Room 401

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The Griffith Project, begun in 1996, is now complete at 12 print volumes. This work documents with commentary more than six hundred films directed, written, produced and supervised by D.W. Griffith. The authors are specialists and scholars of silent cinema.

Available from Butler Library
PN1998.3.G76 G76 1999

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Library Essentials is a collection of short video tutorials on how to complete library research. Tutorials focus on searching for books using our online catalog CLIO, how to more effectively complete a keyword search as well as provide an introduction to a number of invaluable services. The FINDING IMAGES segment may be of special interest.

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Film Indexes Online — AFI Catalog
The Film Indexes Online searches across the American Film Institute Catalog and the British Film Institute’s Catalog entitled Film Index International.

The AFI Catalog is an exceptional resource and quite possibly my favorite resource for film research. It is an attempt to catalog every film produced in the United States. It currently includes works produced from 1893 – 1972 (they are completing the 1970s). You can search by title, director, cast, crew, character name, song, genre and subject. For each one of these fields, a browse option is provided. The most outstanding features include plot summaries (for major feature films — these are quite extensive) and a notes summary which includes varying levels of detail regarding the production and filming. Culled from the major industry publications during the production period, the notes provide incredible film histories and a fabulous read.
Example: search Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, The Women and Gone with the Wind.