Even if snow and ice conspire to drive a film blogger away from the library this winter there are plenty of sources for online research. For instance, I just stumbled on Issuu, "a place for quality publications: Magazines, catalogs, documents, and stuff you'd normally find on print. It's the place where you become the publisher: Upload a document, it's fast, easy, and totally free."
Searching around Issuu I discovered a treasure trove of past issues of Box Office, a trade publication for motion picture exhibitors. You can zoom in and read each article, advertisement, photograph cutline, and review. For those of us interested in films of the past Box Office is an extremely useful primary source of the focus, concerns, preoccupations, plans, successes, and failures of the motion picture industry from an exhibitor's perspective at the time of publication, and for the film blogger Issuu provides quick, easy access. Of course, I'm pouring over the issues from the 1950s to aid in my thinking and writing about that era for Film of the Year (my sincere thanks to whoever posted them), but Box Office is still going strong and more recent issues are available on the site too.
Now I'm curious about other good sources for online research. Suggestions from fellow film bloggers would be welcome. What are your favorite online sources of film-related information? Are there some to avoid?