Los Angeles Times Archive Proquest Digital Dissertations

Newspapers can be crucial primary sources for the study of film, television, and entertainment. They are excellent sources for reviews, letters to the editor, articles about filmmakers and actors, obituaries, and more. When searching them, consider:

  • You are searching the language of the time period used by journalists, not contemporary language. This can particularly important when searching for articles around specific events (e.g. World War I was referred to in its own time as the "Great War"), as well as stories related to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and other identity categories.
  • Newspapers have their own cultural and geographic context, and their editorial histories change over time. The most easily available historical newspapers online are primarily from large cities, but seeking out regional papers (many of which are still only on microfilm) can greatly enhance research projects.
  • Newspapers can be used effectively to find film and television reviews, but these also appear in magazine articles and other sources. Use the Reviews tab to find more sources.


The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.

Archives of Gender & Sexuality, Parts I and II - LGBTQ History and Culture This link opens in a new window


LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part I:
A unique fully-searchable collection that brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.
LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II:
Fully searchable periodicals, newsletters, manuscripts, government records, organizational papers, correspondence, an international selection of posters, and other primary source materials for this milestone digital program were selected by an advisory board consisting of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies.

Food Studies Online This link opens in a new window


Food studies is a relatively new field of study, and its importance is felt in many major disciplines; This resource brings together rare and hard-to-find archival content with visual ephemera, text, and video; It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table.

Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015 This link opens in a new window


Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015 partners NA Publishing with the Marxist Internet Archive, making this collection of newspapers more discoverable, searchable, and useful to scholars and students, and securing its preservation (on Portico) for future scholars. Spanning the 20th century and beyond, these newspapers represent the voice of Communism, Socialism, and Marxism in the English-speaking world, addressing issues such as: early 20th-century labor conditions, the working class, the post-WW II rise of McCarthyism, unionism, the Civil Rights Movement, Nazi crimes against humanity, and labor strikes.

MGG Online This link opens in a new window


Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music. MGG is encyclopedic in the true sense of that term: it offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.

NaxosWorks Database This link opens in a new window


A Reference source where you can find all the most important information about classical musical works - instrumentation, duration, year of composition, composer biographies, music notes and much more; Entries are largely derived from the vast amount of information included in the Naxos Music Library and augmented by information from many other sources including music publishers.

Russian Governmental Publications This link opens in a new window


The Universal Database of Governmental Publications (UDB-GOV) monitors mainly the events in the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. It includes stenographic records of the hearings of both its houses, the Duma and Federation Council, and provides vote results, resolutions and legislative drafts as well as auxiliary information such as the schedule and agenda of legislative work. The Database includes Biulleten' Schetnoi palaty published by the State Audit Chamber subordinate to the Duma and the Vestnik Tsentrizbirkoma, or The Herald of the Central Electoral Committee responsible for all types of elections in Russia. Texts of laws, presidential decrees, government's resolutions and the Constitutional Court's decisions are also available as well as comments on current Russian legislation published by popular legal journals Zakon and Gosudarstvo i pravo.

USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive This link opens in a new window


"...allows users to search through and view more than 53,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Visual History Archive has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide that coincided with World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1996." NOTE: Registration is required upon initial login

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