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Law and Popular Culture Research Guide  

A research guide designed to help students at the University of Kentucky College of Law explore law and popular culture.
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The goal of this research guide is to assist law students at the University of Kentucky in researching law and popular culture. This guide can act as a companion for students enrolled in Law and Popular Culture: Race in American Cinema and Law (LAW 950).

Commercial and Free Websites for Streaming Video

The following websites are devoted to streaming video online. The first two resources are free, while the final three resources require a membership fee.

  • YouTube  Icon
    Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
  • Vimeo  Icon
    In 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. As time went on, likeminded people discovered Vimeo and helped build a supportive community of individuals with a wide range of passions. Today, millions of people from all around the world enjoy Vimeo, and we’re growing bigger every day.
  • Netflix  Icon
    With more than 26 million streaming members in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Netflix, Inc. is the world's leading internet subscription service for watching movies and TV programs.
  • Hulu  Icon
    Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at, numerous destination sites online, and through our ad-supported subscription service, Hulu Plus. Hulu's selection of premium programming is provided by more than 350 content companies.
  • Amazon Prime  Icon
    Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Videos.

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Reference Resource

Reference resources are designed to give a general overview of a topic. Using reference materials in your research process will help you gain an elementary understanding of a topic before moving on to more specalized research.

  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film  Icon  Icon
    Barry Grant, ed. Schirmer Reference. 4 vols. Provides an introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history. Approximately 200 entries cover specific topics, including acting, censorship, editing, and lighting. Also included are more than 230 career profiles, placing individual achievements in the context of specific topics. Additional features include a comprehensive index; a list of further reading sources; and 350 black-and-white and 150 full color photographs. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Audio Visual Research at the University of Kentucky

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The following resources will assist an individual in researching film studies at the University of Kentucky.

  • DVDs at the Law Library  Icon
    A complete listing of the DVD's held at the University of Kentucky College of Law Library.
  • InfoKat Advanced Search  Icon
    To find films in the Law Library or the University of Kentucky Libraries, use the advanced search feature of InfoKat. The best approach is to change the Format query from All Formats to Videorecording.
  • Film Resources at the University of Kentucky  Icon
    The research guide was put together by the University of Kentucky Libraries to help students access film resources on campus.
  • Audio Visual Services at William T. Young Library  Icon
    Audio Visual Services provides support for a broad range of activities on behalf of William T. Young Library. It is home to the University of Kentucky Libraries' most comprehensive collection of AV media.
  • Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History  Icon
    The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of over 8,000 oral history interviews. The Program concentrates on twentieth century Kentucky history with an emphasis on political history, Appalachia, Kentucky writers, and agriculture. Other topics include black history, University of Kentucky history, the history of broadcasting, the history of sports, Kentucky medical history, World War II and Vietnam.

Finding Scholarly Articles and Reviews

The following databases are focused on scholarly articles and reviews about film, film studies, and the performing arts.

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index  Icon  Icon
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index, accessed via Web of Science, provides researchers with quick, powerful access to the bibliographic and citation information they need to find research data, analyze trends, and access journals. This is focused on the arts and the humanities, and includes many film related materials.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete  Icon  Icon
    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline. CMMC offers cover-to-cover (“core”) indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected (“priority”) coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for over 450 journals.
  • Film Literature Index  Icon
    The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles.
  • JSTOR  Icon  Icon
    JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content on a trusted platform of academic journals, primary sources, and books. This resource includes a "Film Studies" section.
  • Project MUSE  Icon  Icon
    Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.
  • Law and Lawyers in Popular Culture  Icon
    A resource compiled by the law librarians at the University of Texas. The goal of this collection is to provide as broad a picture as possible of the image of the lawyer in the Anglo-American tradition.
  • Picturing Justice: The Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture  Icon
    From 1997 to 2006 Picturing Justice published over 300 short articles on the intersection between law and lawyers on one side and popular culture on the other.
  • Law on TV, Video, and Film  Icon
    This website was compiled by the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington. It includes convenient and informative links and resources.

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