Journalism - Recommended Sources

Specialist e-resources

High quality production music for TV, film, advertising and corporate video. Pre-cleared for worldwide and multi-platform use.  Students should contact their course leaders in order to set up an account.

This site includes video tutorials covering writing and production skills, guides to style and ethics and briefings on key topics such as UK politics, the European Union, sport, business and the military.

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 too. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

Comprehensive digest of programme information which Channel 4 supplied to the press from 1982 - 2002. The information was digitised as part of the Channel 4 and British Film Culture Project

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 'Concept Map ' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

• 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.

The best place to find a wide range of statistics from across all EU countries.


Use this site to find the Government information from departments, publications or statistics in particular: H.M. Treasury  is useful for publications  and statistics. The Office for Budget Responsibility  provides forecasts and analysis of UK’s public finances

The first place to look for authoritative UK government information. The Inside Government section has links to all major departments such as the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, plus No. 10 and the Cabinet Office.

A document listing preferred ways of expressing words and phrases used by The Guardian.

Search or browse one of the most detailed primary sources for the history of Britain and its former colonies. Reports from army officers serving abroad are included, as well as Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports. Hansard is available from 1803. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

Data about UK households collected by the UK Government.

A unique online resource which offers a window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television.

An independent regulator which deals with complaints about the content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites). IPSO administers the Editors’ Code of Practice which deals with issues such as accuracy, invasion of privacy, intrusion into grief or shock and harassment.

• Ipsos MORI 

Go to the Political Monitor and Political Polling sections for UK public opinion data relevant to Politics courses.

UK public opinion data.

A key source about daily life in the 20th century. You can look at topic collections (1938-65) on juvenile delinquency, holidays, leisure, industry etc., or view diary entries (1939-51) and day surveys. File reports (1937-1972) cover subjects such as propaganda, morale, popular culture, shopping, sex, fashion and much more.

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.

• Media UK 

Directory of the British media industry.

Find statistics for local areas in the UK on a wide range of subjects, including population, crime, health and housing.

The most trusted source about words in English, containing definitions, plus very detailed word histories.

Watch videos and podcasts from the University of Oxford on key issues concerning journalism

Authoritative data going back to 1878 from the United States Census Bureau. For earlier years data is available via PDF or Zip files but more recent years have Excel spreadsheets available to download.

If you need statistics about the USA, this is the place to look.

Official statistics from the UK Government.

Access the daily record of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords right up to the present (the Weekly Information Bulletin, business papers, Committee publications and Register of Members’ Interests are also available). Includes Hansard.

Use this site to help gather a large range of statistics, including data on the Millennium Development Goals.

A wide range of statistics for countries across the world published by the United Nations.

• YouGov 

Public opinion from over 350,000 volunteers from across the UK.

Book Locations

computer graphics - 006.6
culture & institutions - 306
ethics of journalism - 174.9097
Film, radio and television - 791.4
military, public property & finance, trade & industrial law - 343
news media, journalism & publishing - 070
television broadcasting - 384.55


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