This is UCLan's Journalism library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Andrea Evans


To find books on the Library shelves, use the Library Search.  If the Library does not have the book you want, you can request a copy from the Document Supply Service.

Most journalism books are shelved in the 070s and at 384.5.  Other relevant areas are Law (344.103998), Mass Communication and Media (302.23) Writing skills (808.066) and business (658).

We also have a section of reference material located on the shelving at the front of the first floor. Here you will find useful resources such as:

  • Aslib Directory of Information Sources in the UK 026.0002541/ASL
  • FIPP Innovations in Magazine Media World Report  070.4
  • Willings Press Guide 050.25/WIL

In addition to our print collection, we have a growing collection of full-text electronic books.     

Journals and Articles

The Library Search will tell you which print journals we have in stock whilst Journal Finder provides details of our e-journals. However, neither of them will tell you which articles are in each journal: for that, you’ll need to use one of our databases.

Library Search and ProQuest Central are good places to start as they search across lots of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

eResources and Databases

There is no single database which contains references to all Journalism journals. You will need to look at a range of resources.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Abstracts of articles from journals in the Journalism field together with other relevant subjects like advertising, marketing, and communication
  • Business Source Complete
    Business and Management journals, e.g. ‘Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, ‘Media Industry Profiles’. NB Abstract records only - these are not full text
  • Film & Television Literature Index
    Full text for more than 100 journals and nearly 100 books, and abstracts for 350 other publications
  • IngentaConnect
    Both abstract and full text access. Journal titles covered include Journalism Studies, International journal of media and politics and European Journal of Marketing.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    The 20+ volumes of the 2nd edition, online.
  • Phrase Thesaurus
    Used by journalists, advertising copywriters and songwriter to find just the right word or phrase.
  • Sage Premier Journals Online
    A collection of over 400 full text journals - including many journalism titles.
  • Science Direct
    1500 scientific, technical and medical full text journals.
  • Social Policy and Practice
    An abstract database of social policy materials from 1890-present, including information on public health, social care, homelessness, and crime.
  • Taylor & Francis
    Both abstract and full text access.  Journal titles covered include Communication Quarterly, Digital Journalism, and Media History.

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature try searching the following abstract and indexing databases.

Top Tip! Look out for the ‘LinkSource’ icon or the Uclan logo in your search results lists within these databases as this tool will direct you to the full-text of the article if it's available within one of our subscribed services. 


  • Nexis contains both full text and abstract records of news and business intelligence drawn from over 29,000 sources including local, regional and national newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, company news databases, government and legal documents. Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.

Newspaper archives

Film and Sound Archives

  • Alexander Street Video
    Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in history and journalism related areas
  • BoB ( Box of Broadcasts)
    BoB is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports (FBIS), 1974–1996, is a multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe. Considered to be a unique historical archive, FBIS is particularly valuable for those studying international studies, political science and/or world history.

Business Resources

  • 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
  • Business Source Complete  - as well as journal articles you can search for company information including information relating to financials, employees and industry.
  • Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) -  detailed financial and ownership information for 2.5 million UK companies
  • HS Talks - Lectures on business and management topics, including marketing and consumer behaviour
  • Lexis Library – wealth of legal information sources including UK cases and legislation, journals and magazines (e.g. Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law) and manuals (e.g. HMRC manuals)
  • Mintel Oxygen  – consumer market research reports covering a vast array of products and services.
  • OSIRIS - the international version of the FAME database containing listed company accounts from around the world.
  • Passport - global market information database and analysis tool containing comprehensive data and reports across all industries, countries and consumers.
  • WestLaw – similar to Lexis Library, WestLaw provides access to UK cases and legislation and many journals (e.g. Journal of Business Law and Journal of Competition Law & Economics)
  • 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) Lifestyle & Interiors - leading global trend forecasting service and product development tool focused on the ever-evolving needs of the home and interiors industries.
  • 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.

Andrea Evans

Associate Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892268