Preliminary note: If you want to use databases at home, which are only licensed for use within the Filmuni network, you need a Pulse VPN client. You should download it from this page. To the instructions for Windows (PDF) and for Apple (PDF). There are also apps for Android and iOS in the respective stores (search for Pulse Secure)

Communication & Mass Media Complete:Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) is a robust communication studies database. It provides full-text, indexing and abstracts for many top communication journals covering all related disciplines, including media studies, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse.

Database on the history of documentary film in Germany 1945 - 2005: Are you looking for documentary films on a specific topic? Would you like to know which documentary films were made in a particular year? Or are you looking for the work of a particular director, cameraman or production company? Then visit the filmographic database on the history of documentary film in Germany 1945 - 2005, which, with around 15,000 records, is the most comprehensive database on documentary films from Germany to date. The core of the systematic data collection is made up of films that were released in cinemas between 1945 and 2005 or that were broadcast on German television in prominent programme slots. The data was collected and processed within the framework of the DFG long-term research project "History of the documentary film in Germany 1945 - 2005", which, with its database on documentary film history, provides the public with an important research tool.

Database Information System (DBIS): This link leads to the subject selection Media and Communication Studies, Journalism, Theatre and Film Studies.

Electronic Journals Library (EZB): The Electronic Journals Library is a service for the effective use of academic full text journals on the internet. It offers fast, structured and uniform access to scientific full text journals. It contains 91794 titles, 18878 of which are purely online journals, covering all subject areas. Furthermore 112522 journals are listed by aggregators. 58197 full text journals are freely accessible. The user libraries also offer their users access to the full texts of the e-journals they subscribe to. The journals are offered sorted by subject. The subject lists for the user libraries are generated from a database. is the central literature reference portal for all scientists and scholars who research and work in the communication and media sciences and related disciplines.   

Fachrepositorium der Medienwissenschaft media/rep/ : The Fachrepositorium der Medienwissenschaft media/rep/ supports free access to quality-checked scientific research results. To this end, it collects publications, qualification theses and preprints from film and media studies as well as from related subjects related to media studies. media/rep/ makes its contents permanently available, makes them available online worldwide and offers the possibility to conveniently search, browse and download scientific resources for personal use.

Virtual Library of Musicology: ViFaMusik, the central information portal for music and musicology, offers you comprehensive and fast access to scientific research as well as a wide range of specialist information and internet resources. With a single search request you can simultaneously search a multitude of reference instruments and databases, which include bibliographic data, information on scholars and research projects as well as current dates, and sources and databases of external providers.

The Screen Studies Collection offers a comprehensive survey of current publications related to film scholarship alongside detailed and expansive filmographies, from ProQuest. This collection includes the specialist FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Database and the detailed and complementary filmographies created by the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute: AFI Catalog and Film Index International (only within the university network). Help can be found here.

Film Literature Index: The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.
A list of the journals evaluated in the FLI can be found here:

Film Studies for Free: "A pluralist,pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and audiovisual media studies resources of note."

Directory of Open Access Books: 47,262 academic peer-reviewed books from 682 publishers .

Research Catalogue - an international database for artistic research: The Research Catalogue (RC) is a searchable, documentary database of artistic research work and its exposition. With the aim of displaying and documenting practice in a manner that respects artistic modes of presentation, the RC allows the weaving together of text, image, audio and video material. - Subject Information Service Art-Photography-Design is the digital platform for art history and art studies. We develop innovative digital tools for art historical research and for the publication of research results and provide source material, literature and image collections on art, photography, design in Open Access

FID Darstellende Kunst:  The Subject Information Service (FID) Performing Arts, located at the UB Frankfurt, provides effective and free access to information resources for the professional community of theater and dance studies.

DFG National licenses

In order to sustainably improve the supply of electronic subject information at German universities and scientific libraries, the German Research Foundation (DFG) finances the acquisition of national licences. The aim is to give scientists, students and academically interested persons free access to databases, digital text collections and electronic journals. Access is only possible from the Film University network or VPN.

ARTbibliographies Modern Archiv 1974-2016
This database is the only specialist bibliography available for the study of modern and contemporary art. Covers all art forms, including fine art, digital art, crafts, design and photography. Features full abstracts and indexing from art journals published from the late 1960s onwards. Also incorporates book records, including those drawn from the collections of the Tate Library and the Bibliothèque Dominique Bozo, Musée LAM.

Socialism on Film : The Cold War and International Propaganda
This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.

Soviet Cinema Online
The documents in this collection cover the period when state monopoly control over the Soviet cinema industry - production, distribution and exhibition - was being established and this is why they cover a number of different organizations and institutions.

Moscow News Digital Archive
An invaluable resource, the Moscow News Digital Archive allows researchers to trace the shifting ideological and cultural expressions in play in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. It contains all obtainable published issues (1930-2014, approx. 60,000 pages), including issues of the newspaper’s short-lived sister publication Moscow Daily News (1932-1938). The Moscow News Digital Archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text, and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.

Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2009)
Pravda ("Truth") was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991. Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Pravda originated as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and it soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. Throughout the Soviet era, party members were obligated to read Pravda. Today, Pravda still remains the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an important political faction in contemporary Russian politics.

Nomos eLibrary
The offer includes the e-books contained in the Nomos eLibrary, i.e. monographs and edited volumes from 2006 to 2018. This is the portfolio of a renowned German academic publisher with a specialist focus on law, but also on social sciences, economics and the humanities.

Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London
Testaments to the Holocaust is the online publication of the archives of the Wiener Library, London, the first archive to collect evidence of the Holocaust and the anti-semitic activities of the German Nazi Party.

EBSCO eBook Collection
English full-text e-books in PDF format are offered here.
- enter e.g. "Media" or "Film" for "Full-Text" search

Oxford Journals Digital Archive 1849-2010ff
Offers full texts or abstracts and ordering options for journal articles.

Periodicals Archive Online/PAO 1802-2000
An archive with hundreds of digitised full-text journals in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.

Periodicals Index Online/PIO 1739-2000
A database with over 14 million article references from 4600 journals published over a period of more than 300 years in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Times Digital Archive 1785 - 1985 / TDA
The London daily newspaper from 200 years in full text.

World Biographical Information System / WBIS
Several million biographies from all over the world in full text.

Sage Journals Online Deep Backfile 1879-2019
The electronic backfiles of approx. 750 titles published by Sage Publications are offered, covering a wide range of subjects.