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Media Studies - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

Journal Databases

Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. 

• Broadcast 

Broadcast is the leading title for the broadcast industry. With up-to-the minute industry news, unrivalled analysis and commentary, insider industry information and business critical data. Broadcast provides the insight to keep you at the forefront of the industry

A key source for tracking down articles on a broad range of journalism and media topics.

Helps you to find out what articles have been published in journals related to these subjects. Often you can link to the full text of the article too.

Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences. We have bought the collection which includes Literature and Film. Not only an excellent resource for Literature students, it is useful for subjects as far ranging as Computer Games, Theatre and Music Technology.

Journal Archives

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

Access the full text of popular entertainment industry magazine archives, including New Musical Express, Variety, The Stage and Screen International.


An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

Specialist Sources

Includes a range of specialist resources you may find useful for your research.

• BBC Monitoring not in Discovery 

The University subscribes to the European region of this database which enables you to keep track of broadcast, press and social media. It provides direct access to reported breaking news, media behaviours and emerging trends. We have global access to Fake News stories

• Film index international not in Discovery 

Helps you to find information such as the director, full cast and crew lists and production information, as well as references to journal articles and reviews for over 125,000 international films.

• Media UK 

Directory of the British media industry.

Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

Specialist database with articles, research reports and case studies covering advertising and more...
If you are studying in this area, this should be one of your first places to look. 

Statistics and Data

Explore specialist statistical resources and market research reports.

Topline viewing figures for TV.

Look at the weekend charts for box office information and statistics

• Eurostat 

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

• IBISWorld not in Discovery 

Provides a comprehensive collection of Industry reports on very specific sectors in the UK, US and China.

• Mintel Reports and Mintel Trends not in Discovery 

Detailed market research reports on a range of UK sectors including: automotive; beauty and personal care; drink, food and foodservice; health and wellbeing; leisure; media; technology; and travel.  Also includes access to Mintel Trends which provides evidence-backed insights on how today's consumer thinks, feels and acts.

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Includes information on music sales and distribution with powerful analytics that allow researchers to track histories, compare charts, discover new relationships – with audio and video samples, artist bios, awards, an historical timeline, and much more. 

• Ofcom 

This website helps direct media academics, teachers and students to Ofcom documents and datasets. Their research covers media consumption, media literacy, news consumption, market developments, and public service broadcasters.  Also includes information about Ofcom itself and how it is run.

• Statista: the portal for statistics not in Discovery 

Access to more than a million statistics from many different sources. Useful for finding industrial, economic and consumer market statistical trends. Statista take their information from many different providers across the world. Do look at the real source of the material they offer you.

Official statistics from the UK Government.

Specialist database with articles, research reports and case studies covering advertising and more...
If you are studying in this area, this should be one of your first places to look. 

Current Newspapers

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980s.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Newspaper Archives

• British Library Newspapers not in Discovery 

Search and read a wide range of national and regional newspapers from 1741-1950.

Use with care as this tabloid is known for its strong views but it can help with some assignments and certain dissertation topics. Search for stories or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days, including special editions published in connection with Queen Victoria, George V, Elizabeth II's coronation and Winston Churchill. Use Nexis if you want to go beyond 2004.

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003). Use Nexis if you want to search up to the current day.

The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper containing useful background for Victorian topics in particular.

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2014 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Themed Archive Collections

Find primary sources including documents and images.

Explore 20 collections of documents, including minutes of meetings and conferences, press releases, fliers, brochures, press clippings, US government memoranda and reports, private correspondence, surveys and photos.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement encompasses an international set of resources to enrich study in a wide range of disciplines from media studies to philosophy.

This resource covers the fascinating subject of feminism over the long nineteenth century (1776–1928). It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including photographs and illustrations.

This resource includes digitised magazines from the early 20th Century. Sources include fan magazines such as Photoplay, global cinema magazines such as Pictures and Picturegoer and collections relating to radio broadcasting, technical cinema and law.

Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

Image Collections

Find more resources from the Visual Culture subject page.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

Choose the Image Search option.

Video Collections


This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

This resource, from Learning on Screen includes a Moving Image Gateway to 2,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials, News on Screen resource for the study of newsreels and cinemagazines, Archives and Footage from screen heritage, including film production and television and video equipment, and International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio.

• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

Faculty Librarian

Email: greta.friggens@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian

Email: lizzie.wildgoose@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3452

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