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Media and Communications

Media and Communications

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies and research.

You can contact an experienced librarian to help guide you through subject resources.

Books on your reading list

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

The Course Collection contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them. 

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.  

Media and Communication collections

Some key classmarks for media and communication resources are: 

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

Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedias

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers. Key titles for Media and Communication include: 

  • Oxford Reference Online - contains several hundred dictionaries and encyclopedias. These include English and foreign language dictionaries.

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.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Many dating from the 19th century onwards. Also enables you to quickly locate highly cited articles in your subject area.
  • Scopus - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including media and communication studies and the media industry. Abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles mostly from 1996 to present. Quickly locate highly cited articles. 

Specialist Media and Communication databases

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

  • 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.


Many newspaper websites offer free access to the latest headlines and stories. We provide you with access to searchable back files via the Library subscription services listed below.

  • Nexis - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva - has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access. Enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that you can share with others.

Historic newspapers

  • Gale NewsVault - cross search a number of leading historical collections including the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals.
  • ProQuest Historical newspapers - includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via Nexis

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva . Other specialist databases include:

  • Latin America Data base - consists of three news digests from the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. There is also a full text archive searchable by date or keyword of all issues from 1986.
  • Mideastwire.com - provides access to English translations and summaries of news stories and articles that have appeared in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora. It is possible to search all articles from 2005 onwards.
  • Eastview Russian Databases - Includes the Universal Database of Russian Newspapers for access to the full-text files of 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 - LSE staff and students can access the full text of UK government documents and reports since 2006.
  • 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:

  • European Union -the Europa website has a section on the information society which details the latest European policies, research and events.

Audiovisual materials

  • 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.
  • MediaPlus - (Formerly Jisc MediaHub) provides access to some historic media images and sound collections these include: ITN, Getty images and Wellcome Library images.

Archives and special collections  

  • The Women's Library @ LSE - 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 in full text online, you can place a request for it via the Interlending option on Library Search.
  • 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 industry

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

  • Orbis - has information on over 100 million companies worldwide, including company reports, balance sheets and details on market share. 
  • 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 in the data library collections.

Press freedom

Find data and reports on press freedom:

  • Freedom House - publishes regular reports and rankings on press freedom worldwide.

Current research

  • Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals.