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Rhode Island School of Design

Film / Animation / Video Research Guide: Articles & Databases

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Fleet Search is RISD's integrated database search tool. It indexes not only the library catalog, but the many academic databases we provide access to, which contain articles from encyclopedias, journals, magazines, and newspapers (and a lot more!). With one click you can search everything at the same time.

Access Fleet Search from the library homepage by choosing the second tab above the search box, or directly by clicking here.

Library website

Tips for using Fleet Search:

  • Use the left hand panel to filter your search results. Checking off "Full Text" will remove library books and limit your results to items with a PDF or otherwise immediately accessible text. It's also possible to filter by publication date, language, subject, and much more.
  • Use the tools on the right hand panel within each item record to export citations, print, and save. If you email articles to yourself, Fleet Search will send you both a citation and a PDF if it's available!
  • If Fleet Search sends you back into the library catalog to find an article, it's possible you need to track down the magazine in hard copy at the library. If you need help doing this, ask someone at the Research Help Desk.



Try using individual specialized databases such as the ones below. You can also search a list of electronically available periodicals (magazines and journals).

Many key periodicals arrive at Fleet Library in hard copy, so keep in mind that when you are searching for current articles online, you may need to come to 15 West and find them in print.


Browse current and back issues of these journals in print at Fleet Library. This list is only a partial sampling.

  • American Cinematographer
  • Animation Magazine
  • Art in America
  • Artforum
  • Camera Obscura
  • Cineaction!
  • Cineaste
  • Documentary
  • Film Comment
  • Film Culture
  • Film Quarterly
  • Frieze
  • Jump Cut
  • Leonardo
  • October
  • Screen
  • Sight & Sound
  • Velvet Light Trap