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Visual Arts: Film

Other Resources

  • Movie issue 7 coverColumbia Film Language Glossary is an excellent resource, including illustrations and film clips as examples
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library "(offers) a collection of millions of titles digitized from (academic & research institutions) around the world."
  • IndieWire is "a preeminent source for film and television news, reviews, interviews, global festival coverage and more"
  • In Focus makes essays published in each issue of Cinema Journal available online
  • Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media has been "looking at media in its social and political context ... analyzing media in relation to class, race, and gender" since 1974
  • Lantern "is the search platform for the collections of the Media History Digital Library, ... which ... digitizes collections of classic media periodicals (and books) that belong in the public domain for full public access"
  • Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections "is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library," as well as Academy publications.
  • MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism "is a refereed open access publication ... (which publishes) rigorous but accessible critical writing"
  • Open Culture provides access to over 1,000 free movies online, including classics, Noir, Westerns, documentaries, independent films, and more 
  • Professional Notes from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies "lists recent books published in media studies, as well as articles on film and TV published in non-media journals"
  • Reverse Shot is an online journal published by the Museum of the Moving Image
  • Scope "is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited by staff and students ... at the University of Nottingham"
  • Senses of Cinema "is an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema"
  • Smarthistory "is a non-profit collaboration that brings (world-class resources on art and cultural objects from) art's global history to everyone" through videos, essays, and more.

I am indebted to the librarians at UC San Diego for much of this information:, accessed 24 October 2018

Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Image result for fair use logoImage result for creative commonsImage result for copyright imagesCopyright "is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Learn more here

Fair Use allows "the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Learn more here.

Creative Commons licenses make creative works "freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing" by "any member of the public." The CC Search search engine lets you "search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here."

More information:

The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

Quick guides to citing images: 

ARTSTOR's guides to Using Images and Copyright, including Citing Sources

College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:

Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association

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Scripts and Screenplays

Free internet sources for scripts and transcripts. Some of these sites aren't "official" repositories by screenwriters or studios, and may contain early drafts rather than the final shooting script.

  • ​SimplyScripts
  • Screenplay Database
  • Drew's Script-O-Rama
  • 50 of the Best Screenplays to Read and Download in Every Genre (Script Reader Pro)
  • TV Writing
  • BBC Script Library
  • Movie Transcript Database
  • TV Show Episode Transcripts
  • Internet Movie Script Database
  • The Daily Script
  • Awesome Film
  • Weekly Script
  • Screenplays for You
  • Movie Scripts and Screenplays
  • Joblo's Movie Screenplays
  • Disney Guild Awards screenplays
  • Script to Screen
    All information in this box was copied from, accessed 24 October 2018