Media and journalism

Media and journalism

This guide aims to identify key sources of quality information for studying and researching media and journalism. See our newspapers and broadcast news page for links to current and archive news sources and our referencing page for help using Harvard.

If you’d like some further help, please contact your librarian for advice and support.

Finding journal articles

Discover is our single search system which searches our books, ebooks, most journal content and selected other resources. We provide a Discover search guide. For more comprehensive searches you will need to search a database.


Databases allow you to perform more focused searches which can help you find relevant information more quickly. 

  • Proquest Central is a large multidisciplinary database with over 19,000 journal titles (millions of articles) in full text. The data covers 1905 to present. As well as journal articles, the database includes international newspapers and dissertations
  • Web of Science Core Collection includes the Social Sciences Citation Index which indexes over 1700 major social sciences journals from 1900 onwards
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive indexes the core US and UK trade magazines in film, music, broadcasting and theatre
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences is a unique resource which indexes over two million journal articles, book reviews and book chapters from 1951 to present providing international coverage of social science and related disciplines. Over 7000 books and 3000 journals are indexed annually

Moving image and sound archives

  • Box of Broadcasts is a TV and radio off-air recording service with archives of programmes from 2007 onwards. Staff and students can record, view and create playlists of programmes. BoB provides more information
  • Media Plus is a multimedia platform offering digital image, video and audio collections copyright cleared for use in education.
    They have a quick guide to the collections
  • Screenonline is an online encyclopaedia of British television and film with hours of film and clips
  • TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching) is a key source of British television and radio data



  • BARB (Broadcasting Audience Research Board) has audience viewing figures for the UK
  • Creative Skillset offers opportunities for those involved in the creative industries to develop skills and talent. Site has publications, news, events and job opportunities
  • has media directories, news and job opportunities in the UK
  • OFCOM the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries 
  • RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research) is the official body responsible for measuring radio audiences in the UK
  • Voice of the listener and viewer (VLV) has consultations, news and events information