Theater & Film Databases

Recommended Databases

Provides citations to articles and reproductions from Art Index, 1929-1984. Covers all forms of art from antiquity to the twentieth century.

Provides text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history.

Offers indexing and abstracts for journals. Includes full text articles.

Provides full text magazines and scholarly journals in the fine arts and music.

Indexes citations for international plays and playwrights in collections, anthologies, and periodicals held by the PSU Library. No longer updated as of December 2013.

Indexes citations to journal articles, dissertations, and books about world literature, literary criticism, language, linguistics, and folklore from 1921 to the present.

Other Databases

Presents images and information for advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines from 1911 to 1955. Focuses on these subject areas: radio, television, transportation, beauty & hygiene, and World War II.

Provides film history on American cinema from 1893 to the present.

Provides full text journal access to content in the arts and humanities.

Consists of the archive of the British Pathe news corporation from 1896 to 1970. The archive covers history, social history, sports, news, and entertainment. Closed captions are not available.

Includes dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies from the 1950s to the present. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Provides indexing for design and applied arts literature, reviews, and news from 1973 to the present.

Provides indexing of publications related to film and television studies.

Provides indexing of international films.

Provides indexing of scholarly works in the humanities.

Provides indexing to periodical literature about film and cinema.

Provides indexing and full text coverage of performing arts. 

Provides streaming access to numerous documentaries and films including selections from the Criterion Collection. Closed captions and transcripts are available.

A video classical music concert service, offers streaming programs from Video on Demand. Offers filmed concerts, an archive of movies on dance and opera, documentaries on performers and composers as well as educational programs and master classes. Presents free live concerts, operas, and ballets that are available for a limited time. Subtitles are available for some titles.

Features important opera performances, captured on streaming video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Contains streaming online titles in an expanding collection of silent films tha represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board, the collection covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Archives individual network evening news broadcasts from the major US national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. Includes special news-related programming such as ABC's Nightline since 1989. Closed captions are not available.