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Media Studies   Tags: film, media, media_studies, television  

A guide for research in media and film studies
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Finding Books for Media Studies

Call numbers in the Library of Congress (LC) classification system most closely related to media studies include:

  • HE8689-8700: Radio and television broadcasting (industry)
  • P87-96: Communication and Mass Media
  • PN1990-1992: Broadcasting, Non-broadcast video media
  • PN1993-1999: Motion pictures
  • PN4699-5650: Journalism

Most books collected for media and film studies are housed in Clemons Library. However, we are collecting a growing number of ebooks accessible directly through VIRGO, and books on related topics in sociology, popular or world culture, politics, or other disciplines may be located in other UVa libraries. In VIRGO, search by keyword or subject, then restrict by library or format.


    Best Databases for Journal Articles

    Because it is so interdisciplinary, articles relating to media studies are found in journals from many disciplines. Here are some of the best places to look:

    • Communication & Mass Media Complete - 1915-present
      Incorporates the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. Searches over 700 titles, including full text for Communication Law & Policy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Information Society. A subset of Academic Search Complete.
    • IIPA: International Index to the Performing Arts
      A performing arts journal resource with nearly 300,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1864 to current, covering film, theatre and dance
    • JSTOR Journal Storage Project
      Full-text backfiles of many important scholarly journals. Coverage is usually from the first issue to 3-5 years before the present.
    • MLA International Bibliography - 1926-present
      An index to more than 1.5 million bibliographic citations in language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts.
    • Sociological Abstracts
      Sociology and related fields, including communication and mass media. All languages. 2600 scholarly journals. Includes book, book chapter, and conference paper abstracts and book reviews. Updated quarterly.

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