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Media and Communications

Read our subject guide to find the best resources for your studies.

Find books and journals in the Library, search for articles online, learn about the best online resources and websites for your area and get help with using our resources and services.

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News and policy

Specialist resources

If you need any help you can get in touch with your librarian for advice or to arrange a consultation. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.



Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.  

Media and Communications collections

Some key classmarks and locations for your subject are:

  • Journalism: PN4699 - PN5650
  • Mass media and communication: P87 - P97
  • TV and radio broadcasting industry: HE8689 - HE8700

There are many other books in the Library which will be useful for your research. To locate these enter keywords in Library Search.

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Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers.

Key titles for your subjects include: 


How to find journals and some of the key journal databases to use. 

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through Interlending services

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Scopus  - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including gender studies, women’s studies and LGBT issues. 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - includes over 3 million bibliographic references dating back to 1951. 

Specialist Media and Communications databases

These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

  • Communication and Mass Media complete - covers communication studies, media studies, linguistics and journalism, indexing over 800 titles. 
  • SocINDEX with full text - extensive coverage of sociology including sociology of the media.
  • Business Source Complete - includes media industry articles, profiles and case studies.
  • PsycINFO - provides abstracts of articles relevant to all fields of psychology. Includes materials relating to the impact of the media, media violence and motivations of media users.

News and policy

Find out about popular newspapers, policy sites and streaming media services.


Many newspaper websites offer free access. We provide you with additional access to searchable back files via the following subscription services:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage content. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  •  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access.
  • Independent voices: a collection of the alternative press.

Historical newspapers

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva.

Other specialist databases include:

  • Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press - abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
  •  - access to English translations and summaries of news stories appearing in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.
  • Eastview Russian Databases  - access over 30 of the most influential Russian newspapers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 80 regional newspapers, Russian Duma Publications for parliamentary news and analysis, and the Universal Database of Statistical Publications.

Media policy and regulation

Many media regulators have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

  • Public Information Online  - access the full text of UK government documents and reports since 2006.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary papers - contains the full text of UK government and parliamentary reports published from the 17th century onwards. More recent material can also be found on the UK government website. See specifically the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Culture, Media and Sport Committee - monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC. Its website provides free access to reports and minutes from its meetings.
  • Ofcom - the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Its website contains research reports into consumer behaviour, as well as statistics.

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics. Key bodies for media are:

Audiovisual material

Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.

Specialist resources

Find out about archives and special collections, theses, data and current research. 

Archives and special collections

The Women's Library - holds a number of useful collections including: records of the Women's Press Club 1943-1972 and the archives of Women in Media 1971-1999. Both organisations cover topics including equal opportunity and sex discrimination.


  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not available online you can place a request for it through Interlending services
  • LSE Theses Online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Media and telecommunications 

We provide access to a number of specialist databases you can use to research the media and telecommunications industry

  • Business Source Complete and ABI/Inform - provide access to journal articles and industry analyses.
  • Orbis - has information on over 100 million companies worldwide, including company reports, balance sheets and details on market share.
  • Euromonitor International Passport - provides reports, analyses, market research and statistics on global markets, consumer trends and companies.
  • Statista - provides reports and statistics on global markets. There is extensive coverage of digital markets, telecommunications, the internet and marketing and advertising.
  • OECD iLibrary  - has information on policy, trends and employment in ICT and internet industries. It also includes full text of the journal: Information Technology Outlook. 
  • World Telecommunication Indicators database. This database is loaded on the data PC on the fourth floor of the Library. It contains time series data for the years 1960, 1965, 1970 and then annually from 1975 for more than 180 telecommunication/ICT statistics covering fixed-telephone networks, mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, quality of service, internet traffic, staff, prices, revenue, investment and statistics on ICT access on use by households and individuals.

Further specialist company and market research databases are available through the Data and statistics collection page.

Press freedom

Find data and reports on press freedom:

Current research

  •  Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals. 
  • LSE Research Online - check for recent research from your academic department. 

Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.