Greetings, Film Stills Aficionados!

Film stills are used extensively for film studies scholars, for close visual analysis and for general illustrative purposes. Yet there is no dedicated resource for film stills available through the library’s resources, as there are for visual arts images. This research guide has been developed in response to this lack, in order to aid students in finding and using film stills for educational use. Educational use is important to note here, because this has been developed with the needs of researchers in mind. U.S. Copyright law precludes the appropriation use of another entity’s intellectual product for profit, however those who are researching the artistic product in an educational sphere are able to use these products (please see the Copyrights page for more detailed information as it pertains to film stills and copyright).

This guide was developed by Emilee Mathews, when she was a graduate student pursuing master’s degrees in Library Science and Art History at Indiana University in Bloomington. While this guide is available for anyone’s use, the library resources are linked through Indiana University’s library resources, so if you are not affiliated, you will not be able to access them. Please consult your own library for access to resources.

There are a few main subsections for you to peruse at your will and as your need arises. First, in Film Stills on the Internet , I have put together a custom search engine that searches open access film websites. Included are many cultural institutions whose digital library collections include film stills. Also included are commercial and personal websites that feature film stills. Additionally, I put together some search string recommendations for your Google Image searches to help refine your query.

The next page, Recommended Library Resources, has a list of recommended library-provided image resources, and will discuss how to search in library-provided databases for film stills, using search strategies that will optimize search results.

Next, in Capturing Screencasts, I will go over the basics of capturing a screenshot on Windows and on Macs, and I have provided tutorials on screen capturing for high-resolution, publishable results.

Speaking of publishing, Copyright Information will cover copyright law as it pertains to film stills, including resources from Indiana University libraries’ copyright page, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Visual Resources Association.

If there are any other topics, if you’d like to recommend a resource to be added to either the custom search or the list of library resources, then please let me know!

my contact information:

Emilee Mathews,

Angela Courtney is the subject librarian for Communication and Culture at Indiana University in Bloomington. You can contact her at

This project is inspired from survey results from Communication and Culture graduate students, specifically the Film and Media Studies department. If you want to see the survey questions with the results in graphs and data tables, please go to my website.

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