Answered By: Joanna Wilson
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018     Views: 175

Library Search is a great way to start a search for information on a particular media topic, but if you want to use a specialist database, we have a huge range of sources that can provide you with information.  The list below is just a small selection.

Please note that all our databases can be reached via the Library’s resources page at

  • Academic Search Premier – provides journal articles on a wide range of subject areas including media.
  • Arts & Humanities Index – content includes articles from scholarly journals as well as selected trade and consumer titles relevant to art and cultural studies.
  • Broadcast a weekly online (and print) publication covering the UK TV and radio industry.  Useful for broadcasting news, commissioning, analysis and opinion. This blog gives more information.
  • Box of Broadcasts – provides access to an archive of TV and radio programmes from UK broadcasters.  Allows you to request recordings of programmes yet to be broadcast (from the next 7 days).
  • Business Source Premier –journal articles, reports and books on business topics.  Good for information on broadcasting as an industry, as well as more specific information on television and radio programming developments, viewing and advertising.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete – covers all aspects of communications, including broadcasting, and media technology.
  • IEEE Xplore – a general electronics resource, but very useful for articles on all aspects of technology within the media industry.
  • JSTOR – covers a wide range of topics, including material on broadcasting.
  • The Listener Historical Archive (1929 -1991) This last title was  published by the BBC and a useful resource for historical information for TV and Radio
  • Performing Arts Periodicals database – journal articles on all aspects of artistic performance, including film and broadcasting.
  • LexisLibrary – full text press articles from regional and national newspapers. Because this is primarily a law resource, you will need to select the news section.  See our quick guide.
  • Newsstand -  provides articles from major British and American national newspapers, as well as many local and regional newspapers from both countries. It also contains an extensive collection of other international news sources. For help with searching, see our short guide.
  • Science Direct -  A huge database covering an wide array of topics including broadcasting and communications technology
  • Web of Science – despite its name this is a very useful and comprehensive resource for all social science topics – often worth checking for media and broadcasting information.