Media and journalism

Media and journalism

If you are studying media, journalism or TV fiction writing then this guide is for you.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You can find most journalism and media books on level 4 of the Library. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a topic or to search for a journal by title. Watch a short video Find a Journal by Title.

Key journals

Your lecturer may recommend journals. Key titles include:

Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases:
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive indexes the core US and UK trade magazines in film, music, broadcasting and theatre, from the early days of silent films until 2000. The magazines are scanned cover to cover, in high definition colour and are fully searchable.
  • ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database. It indexes over 19,000 individual journal titles  as well as newspaper articles, dissertations and reports. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles. If ProQuest Central is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database.

If you are looking for TV or radio recordings, or newspaper and broadcast news, see our guide.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available, including those run by professional bodies, for example the National Union of Journalists, regulators such as Ofcom and research groups such as BARB. The ALCS is a not for profit organisation which collects royalties for authors, journalists and screenwriters.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.