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Communication Studies

This is UCLan's Communication Studies library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Andrea Evans and Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it. 

Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Journals and Articles

Journal Finder provides details of our print journals and e-journals collections. Library Search will find specific articles from journals so is a good place to start, as it searches across thousands of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

If you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic within the communication studies subject discipline, the main electronic journal databases to search are:

  • Business Source Complete
    Business and management journals including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. NB Abstract records only - not full text.
  • Academic Search Complete
    Abstracts of articles from journals in the Communication field together with other relevant subjects like advertising, marketing, and journalism
  • Sage Journals Online

 The library subscribes to a large collection of databases and it will be worth looking on the E-Databases A-Z list to see the full range. Depending on your subject you may find additional relevant material here. You will need to look at a range of resources to find useful results. Ideas for databases to start with are listed below

Searching for Journal articles (Abstracting and indexing databases)

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature try searching the following abstract and indexing databases. These contain a large number of references from a significant number of subject areas. You will need to choose your search terms carefully to be sure of retrieving the best results. Generally you will only find the abstract or executive summary of articles within these databases. Conference papers are also available too. On Scopus search results will also show Patents.

Additional Resources

Newspapers: current

  • Nexis (the full-text of over 29,000 newspapers)

Newspapers: archives

Audiovisual and Training materials

Film and sound archives

  • FBIS Daily Reports, 1974–1996, is a multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe.

LIS subscribes to a range of other electronic resources, which are particularly relevant for business research.

Market research

  • Passport – Passport GMID is a global market information database and analysis tool containing comprehensive data and reports across all industries, countries and consumers.

Company research

  • OSIRIS - the international version of the FAME database containing listed company accounts from around the world.


  • BRAD – advertising intelligence including actual costs for advertising on the television, radio, web/digital media, out-of-home (transport/roadside/venues), in newspapers and magazines. Circulation/readership/audience data is also available
  • World Advertising Research Center (WARC) – marketing and advertising intelligence. WARC is the home of publications like ADMAP and the International Journal of Market Research. It also contains thousands of case studies
  • Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) – news and information from the fashion and style industries. WGSN includes trend forecasts, analysis of retail sales, company profiles and reports on issues such as visual merchandising.

See the relevant subject guides for databases in other subject areas. An alphabetical list of all our databases can be found in the E-Databases A-Z.

Andrea Evans

Associate Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892268

Francesca Robinson

Assistant Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132