Communication, Media and Culture


  • Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage).  Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left.  You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books.  More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books

    Finding a book when you know the author/title

    Finding a book on a topic

    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader.  Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage.   Reading lists are interactive: click on the blue online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings.  Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    TV and film

    Box of Broadcasts - an off-air recording and media archive service that stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips and compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

    Screenonline is a service produced by the bfi (British Film Institute) which is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.

    Newspapers

    Factiva  - international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company financial data are all included.

    Full-text newspaper articles from UK newspapers, including film reviews, can be accessed through LexisLibrary To search the database for news articles, click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen. At the news search screen you can use the Select Sources drop-down menu to search all UK newspapers or just broadsheets, for example.

    Print newspapers: the British Library holds an extensive collection of UK and Irish Newspapers at the St Pancras reading rooms. You will need to register for a reader pass to visit the collection, but some items are available online.

    News and current affairs - more information and sources

    Library research guide 8: News and current affairs ( Word or PDF)

    You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article.  Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch.

    When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database.   Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research 

    Communication & Mass Media Complete is undoubtedly one of the most important databases for Communication, Media and Culture students. The database covers subjects such as advertising, broadcasting, communication, cultural studies, film, journalism, language and linguistics, mass media, radio, rhetoric and television.

    Academic Search Complete - a huge multi-disciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals, over half of whose articles have immediate full-text links.

    Box of Broadcasts - an off-air recording and media archive service that stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips and compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

    Business Source Complete - covers business-related material, some of which is full text.

    Factiva  - international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, local newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) and company financial data are all included.

    WARC - a database from the World Advertising Research Center, it covers journals, news, case studies and data on advertising and marketing.

    Web of Science - arts and humanities, behavioural and social sciences, natural, physical and biomedical sciences, and some engineering.  Covers material published from 1970 onwards.

    Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given. 

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism

    Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)

    EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

    Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching

     

    The Library as a research tool for Communication Media and Culture students - this guide is aimed at pre-dissertation students, with advice on resources we offer to help you embark on your dissertation.  You will need to login to access this guide.

    Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library.  The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search.  You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian.  Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.

    Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.

    Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online and the Library guide to Brookes Harvard referencing.

    EndNote reference management software - EndNote is software that helps you collect and organize your references, and then insert them automatically into Word documents.

    Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List (Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

     

    Library guide on Evaluating web sources (Word or PDF)

    Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general communication or media related, or to more subject specific sites.

    Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

    British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

    BBC Arts Information

    British Film Institute

    British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

    Department of Culture, Media and Sport (UK Government website)

    EUscreen - offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives from early 1900s until today.