Encyclopedias: Cinema, Film and Television

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Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa including the former Soviet republics, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, The Maghreb, Palestine, and Turkey. Content includes history and major issues, biographical information on leading directors and actors, filmographies, and related information.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides cross-disciplinary coverage from the fields of psychology, education, media studies and communication, sociology, and public policy. Includes entries covering television, film, video games, the Internet and World Wide Web, magazines, music, and more. Explores complex and difficult topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and child development."

Encyclopedia of New Media [Rutgers Restricted]
"Presents more than 250 entries that explain communication technology, multimedia, entertainment, and e-commerce within their social context."

Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television and Games [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes "entries covering film, television, animation, novels, pulp fiction, short stories, comic books, graphic novels and video and role-playing games. Categories include Weird, Weird Menace, Science Fiction, Space, Steampunk and Romance Westerns."

Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides "information on topics relating to magic, witchcraft, the supernatural, and other mysterious phenomena. Covers the history, people, and practices related to each topic, as well as popular literature, television programs, and movies related to the subject." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource. A freely accessible version is also available.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers [Rutgers Restricted]
"Features thorough coverage of legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers, and other production artists through detailed essays and commentary by experts. Entries include biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards, and bibliographies." Electronic version of the 4 volume 4th edition of the print resource.

Latino American Cinema: an Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends [Rutgers Restricted]
"Most entries offer relatively compact definitions, cirtical discussions, overviews, and analyses of star artists, media productions, and historical moments." Also includes substantial foundational entries on topics such as genre, steretyoes, nationalism, and narrative.

Musicals101.com: The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film
Includes histories, bibliographies, chronologies, reviews, photo galleries, brief biographical sketches, script samples, and more, with a search option and a site map.

A browsable encyclopedia of print and animated cartoons and cartoon characters, with extensive cross-referencing.