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Film, Media & Television Production

This is UCLan's Film, Media & Television Production library page.

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

Individual titles that may be of use include:

Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder.


If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy using the Inter-library loan Service.

Recommended Resources for Film, Media and TV Production:

  • Broadcast - Weekly magazine for the UK television and radio industry. Useful for BARB programme ratings.
  • Televisual - Periodical for British television featuring news and coverage of issues concerning the production community.  Issues are available online from 2001 - present.
  • Film & Television Literature Index - Full text and abstracting database covering topics related to film and media.

Other useful databases for Film and Television Production 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. 

Additional Resources

Broadcast, Film and Sound Archives

  • DVD and Film Collection - The Library has a separate collection of feature films and TV series shelved on a ring unit on the 1st Floor. For film documentaries on particular subjects you will need to look on the library catalogue, as these will be shelved with books on the subject.
  • You can also use the Documentary Film List which highlights the location of some of the films that the library holds.
  • Alexander Street Video - Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in film and media related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts - Enables students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive.
  • Kanopy - Watch documentaries covering many subject areas including design, anthropology, education, visual arts, literature and many more. Kanopy also includes a host of independent films to view.
  • FBIS Daily Reports - A multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe.
  • BFI Screenonline - a guide to the British film and TV industry with timelines, articles and clips fro thousands of films/TV programmes. Free to view from a UCLan PC.
  • British Pathe - archival newsreel footage. Free to view. Clips can be downloaded for a fee.
  • North West Film Archive - Over 6000 moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria. Films/clips can be purchased for a 'modest' fee by HE users.
  • Culture Unplugged - This is an online film archive which contains documentaries, short films, talks and more.
  • dig.ccmixter - Open source music site which offers free music for commercial use.
  • The Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, films, software and music. Please check the licensing requirements for each clip.

Visual Resources

  • Digimap - current and historical maps of the UK
  • Tineye - A free tool which searches 20 million Creative Commons Flickr images by colour. You can select up to 5 colours and move the dividing bar between colours to increase/decrease their prominence within the image. A colour extractor allows you to upload an image and see the hex colour and proportions in the image.
  • Unsplash - copyright free photographs
  • Worth Global Style Network (WGSN)  – Leading global trend forecasting service.


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

  • Artemis Primary Source - Includes 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection, 19th Century Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive from 1842-2003, the Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957.  Also includes The Economist Historical Archive from 1843-2011, Times Digital Archive from 1785-2011, the Daily Mail Historical Archive from 1896-2004 and the Financial Times Historical Archive from 1843-2011. Use Artemis Primary Sources to search all the collections simultaneously.
  • The Guardian and The Observer Historical Archives - Every page as published. The Guardian from 1821-2003, The Observer from 1791-2003
  • New York Times Archive -  Digitised archive from 1851-2008
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000) – More than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper can be viewed in full digital facsimile format, with advertisements, news stories and images that capture 19th -21st century culture and society.

Business Resources

Market Research

  • Passport GMID - 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.
  • 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


  • 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)
  • 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)

Julie Hitchen - Principal Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Julie Hitchen

Principal Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892267

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132