Your Academic Support Librarian 

Heather Dawson

Telephone: 0207 955 6806 





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Library Catalogue

  • Use the Library Catalogue to search for books, journals and online resources
  • Some key classmarks for media and communication are:
    Journalism   PN 4699 - PN 5650
    Mass media and communication P87 - P97
    TV and radio broadcasting industry  HE 8689 - HE 8700
    However note that, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, relevant books may also be found in other sections.
  • Use the floor plan guide to locate material or ask at the Help Desk.

Course books

  • The Course Collection (ground floor) holds multiple copies of essential course texts.
  • Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

  • The Library contains many  printed dictionaries, directories and encyclopedias which cover all aspects of media and communication studies.  They are useful for checking facts and figures, providing definitions of terminology and offering brief overview articles. Some of them are for reference use only,  while others may be borrowed. To locate them search by keyword on the main LSE Library catalogue. You can refine your search by choosing the genre dictionaries or dictionaries and encyclopedia from the left handside of the screen once you have run your search.
  • Examples of online dictionaries include:
    Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)
    Oxford English Dictionary
    Oxford Reference Online - foreign language dictionaries
  • Key online encyclopedia are;
    Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture - find articles on all aspects of consumer society, including magazines, youth culture, soap operas. Includes articles by Professor Sonia Livingstone.
    International Encyclopedia of Communication published in association with the International Communication Association. It provides access to over 1,300 articles covering the full range of communication studies.
    International Encyclopedia of Media studies- over 200 articles covering media history, media production, audiences and new media.
    Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies


The Library has a growing number of ebooks. They are accessible to LSE staff and students by using their network username and password.  Major collections include: