Primary sources


Many daily newspapers have their own websites. While these offer free access to the latest headlines, searchable back files are offered via the Library subscription services listed below.

Contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily. (except the FT which has a 30 day time delay)
Also has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news. No news alerts .current issues of the FT can be accessed by searching for the financial times as a source and choosing the option access via a third party subscription

Register to access the full text of the FT from 2004 onwards using your LSE email address. Note that this service also enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that can be shared 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 PeriodicalsTimes Digital Archive, Daily Mail Digital Archive
Proquest Historical newspapers- includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via NEXIS
Times Digital Archive 1785-2008
Full text of the famous newspaper. Includes scanned images of photographs and original advertisements.
Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009
Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004
New York Times 1851-2010

Foreign Newspapers

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press
Abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
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.
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.

Many more links to free key news services and digital libraries can be found on the Library's delicious website.

Government documents

An increasing number of media regulators now have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Here are some UK examples.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Responsible for UK government policy. Its website has a section on Digital Britain, media regulation and policy.
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the DMCS including the BBC, on behalf of the House of Commons.
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.
Public Information Online
Provides LSE staff and students with access to full text government documents and reports from the UK parliament from 2006 onwards.
Legislation UK
Provides free access to the full text of all legislation (acts of Parliament, laws and statutory instruments) from 1988 onwards. Many materials prior to 1988 can also be downloaded but in most cases revisions are not available

Intergovernmental organisations

An increasing number of international organisations have websites where you can gain free access to reports, regulations and statistics. Key bodies for media are;
European Union - the Europa website has a section on the information society which has information on the latest European policies, research and events. There is also an audiovisual portal with information on regulation policies and the latest case law.
Council Of Europe Audiovisual Observatory
Website provides information on media policy and regulation in Europe.  It has a number of databases relating to regulation and funding in Europe. The Library also has many of its publications in paper. Search the catalogue to obtain locations.
The ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Has a specialist site which has news, documents, some free statistics  and links to national and regional regulators. Other items are held in paper by the Library.

Audiovisual Materials: Film Collection

The Library has a small but small collection of  DVDs located in the Course Collection. You can search for films on Library Search once you have retrieved some results refine by choosing the options on the left handside of the screen - collections, course collection videos

Image Databases

  • JISC Media Hub (Access using Firefox) Formerly known as Education Image Gallery. Log in using the option UK Federation. Locate thousands of current and historical photographs, prints and other still images. Includes the Getty still image collection containing over 12,000 images of political, cultural, and social history, covering the major events of recent world history.

Moving Image Databases

  • Box of Broadcasts(UK Access only) 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. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.
  • JISC Media Hub (Access using Firefox) Replaced Film and Sound online and the Newsfilm Online in August 2011. It allows cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters. Choose the access using the UK Federation option. Use Firefox if possible. 
  • Screen Online  a service offered by the BFI (British Film Institute). It provides free access to thousands of video images, sound extracts, still photographs, time lines and essays relating to the history of British film and television. Topics covered include sitcoms and the development of the BBC.
  • Remember that an increasing number of programmes, films and images can now be found on the Internet. Look at our recommended video search engines via the LSE Library delicious account. They also include online links to academic lectures and documentaries. 

Archives and special collections 

Archives and special collections hold a small number of key collections relating to the history of media and communications.

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