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Film & Television Production

This is UCLan's Film & 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.

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.


You should then move on to search for articles in more subject-specific databases:

  • 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.

It is worthwhile looking on Google Scholar if we do not take a subscription to a particular title, as the journal article may be freely available. If you still cannot locate the full text, you can order the article you need from our InterLibrary Loan service. There is a small charge for this.

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.

Additional Resources

Recommended Resources for Film and Television Production

If you need to locate journal articles on a particular topic you will need to use our journal databases. These index a collection of titles and enable  you to search for relevant articles. The library subscribes to a large collection of databases and you can look on the E-Databases A-Z 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 Film and Television Production 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.


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.

Top Tip! - On Nexis use the Source Tab to find out which papers and journals are covered on the database.

Newspaper archives

Top Tip! To search across a collection of the newspaper archives use the Artemis Primary Source  search option. From here you will be able to cross search the 19th century UK Periodicals and newspapers, the Economist Historical Archive, Illustrated London News Historical Archive, Daily Mail Historical Archive, Financial Times Historical Archive, Picture Post and the Times Digital Archive.

Film, Television and Sound

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Internet Archive
    A non-profit library of millions of free books, films, software and music. Please check the licensing requirements for each clip.
  • 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.

Visual Resources

  • 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.
  • 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 (including furniture, lighting, print and pattern, bedding, bath and tabletop).

Business Resources

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

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.
  • 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


It may also be worth exploring the following resources:

  • 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
01772 892267

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132