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Media Technology

This is UCLan's Media Technology library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Julie Hitchen and Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on the 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 ebrary.

Journals and Articles

The Library Search will tell you which print journals we have in stock whilst the 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 is a good place to start as it searches across lots of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for Media Technology

Finding Journal Articles on a topic

If you need to locate journal articles on a particular topic you may need to use our journal databases. These provide a collection of titles across which you can search for relevant articles. The library subscribes to a large collection of databases and you can look on the Journal Finder list to see the full range. These include a range of multi-subject databases which are relevant to this area of study.
Other useful databases for Media and Technology are listed below:

  • Film & Television Literature Index - With full text for more than 100 journals and nearly 100 books, and abstracts for 350 other publications
  • Academic Search Complete - Abstracts and links to full text of articles in the Media and Technology fields together with other relevant subjects like communication and advertising.
  • Business Source Complete - Business and Management journals, including ‘Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media’.
  • IEEE IET Electronic Library - Provides full-text access to some of the world's highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology
  • Science Direct - A database of over 1500 scientific and technical Journals
  • Wiley Online - Access to 757 journal titles in the subject areas of science, technology and medicine

Top Tip! Don't forget - should you find that we haven't got the full-text of an article that you would like to access (in print or electronic format) you can make a request through the Inter-Library Loan/Document Supply service.

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.

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. Titles covered include The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The News of the World from 1988 until its closure in 2011, The Daily Mail, The Washington Post and New York Times. Extensive coverage of local papers is also included.

Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.

Film and Sound Archives

  • Alexander Street Video - Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in media and film related areas
  • 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. Considered to be a unique historical archive, FBIS is particularly valuable for those studying international studies, political science and/or world history.

Business Resources

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

Market research

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

Company research

  • Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) – detailed financial and ownership information for 2.5 million UK companies
  • OSIRIS - the international version of the FAME database containing listed company accounts from around the world
  • Business Source Complete - as well as journal articles you can search for company information including information relating to financials, employees and industry.
  • HS Talks - Lectures on business and management topics, including marketing and consumer behaviour


  • 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.

Julie Hitchen

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892267

Francesca Robinson

Assistant Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132