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The database includes scholarly video material of documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs, field recordings, demonstrations, and original and raw footage including tens of thousands of exclusive tiles. There are thousands of award-winning films, Academy,® Emmy,® and Peabody® winners along with the most frequently used films for classroom instruction.
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From LAPL: This Wilson resource includes citations to articles, reproductions, and book reviews in periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins published worldwide. Covers archeology, architecture, film, photography, etc. 1929-1984.
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This is the index to the LAPL's Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection, which contains over 6,000 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. Part of the public library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing. This resource is great for research into character creation and costuming..
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From LAPL: This is a Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. It covers over 450 designers, milliners, footwear designers, and fashion houses that have been active throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This resource is great for research into character creation and costuming.
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From the LAPL: Digitalia offers streaming films available to watch online, mostly foreign language but also has some classic American cinema. Includes feature films as well as documentaries.
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Amazing digital library of over 1,700 plays, 350 audio plays, and 150 hours of streaming video from theatre publishers and companies. Featured collections include the L.A. Theatre Works audio play collection, the Royal Shakespeare Company Live, critical studies and performance practice material, as well as plays from major publishers like Bloomsbury and Nick Hern.
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From LAPL: Film Index International offers detailed film information on over 100,000 films from more than 170 countries from 1900 through 2003.
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From LAPL: This Gale/Info Trac collection contains more than 100 full-text magazines and journals providing resources for research in drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
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Check out digital magazines using the Flipster app! AMDA subscribes to various magazines that users can access online or on their personal devices. Titles include the subject areas of the performing arts and entertainment.
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From LAPL: Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest collections in the world - over 26,000 documentaries and feature films featuring over 1,000 producers including Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and the BBC. To use Kanopy, create an account with your email address on their site. After you verify the account you will be asked to add your library card to it to begin using the service.
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From LAPL: This is an index of songs appearing in books located in the LAPL Central Library Art & Music Department.
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From LAPL: The Theater Program Collection contains over 11,000 programs from local and national productions.
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This is the special collections of the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library (Los Angeles, CA) and spans from the earliest years of the motion picture industry to the World War II era. Part of the LAPL's "Visual Collections", these selected posters have been digitized and may be viewed online.
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The New Play Exchange®, a National New Play Network project, is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. Designed and built with the needs of the entire new play sector in mind, the New Play Exchange® serves writers, producers, directors, artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturgs, publishers, agents, actors, professors, students, and even fans of the theater.
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From LAPL: This is an online version of the multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary.
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This Los Angeles Public Library collection contains photographs, documents, props, and costumes, has been cataloged. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.
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