Media Studies & Journalism Research Guide

Articles and databases

Journal, magazine and newspaper articles

Highly recommended

Communication & Mass Media Complete Articles on all aspects of communication and the media arts, including advertising, broadcasting, culture, design, film, journalism, marketing, political & social issues, technology, and more


MLA International Bibliography Resources on the dramatic arts (film, television, radio, and theater), languages, literature and more How to use

ABI Inform Global Business database with articles on advertising and marketing

General & Interdisciplinary

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) Large collection of scholarly and other articles on a wide variety of topics appropriate for college-level research

Academic OneFile Multidisciplinary coverage of topics in the social sciences, the humanities, education and general science

Project Muse Scholarly journal articles on the arts, humanities, and social sciences

JSTOR Scholarly journal articles at least one to five years old on a wide variety of academic topics

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Books and background reading

Media studies books in the CSUMB library

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Dictionaries, encyclopedias & handbooks

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Ref PN4783.A83 1996

The Complete Film Dictionary. Ref PN1993.45.K66 1997

Dictionary of Communication and Media Studies. Ref P87.5.W38 1997

Encyclopedia of European Cinema. Ref PN1993.5.E8 E53 1995

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications. REF P87.5.E532 2003

Encyclopedia of Television. Ref PN1992.18.E5 1997

Halliwell's Film Guide. REF PN1998.H433

Index to Journals in Communications Studies Through 1995. P87.M39 1997

International Encyclopedia of Media and Communications. Ref P87.5.I5 1989

Journalism: A Guide to the Reference Literature. Ref PN4731.C38 1997

The New York Times Film Reviews: 1959-68, 1977-78, 1979-80. Ref PN1995.N4

Oxford History of World Cinema. Ref PN1993.5.A1 O96 1995

Violence and the Media: A Reference Handbook. Ref P96.V5 N48 1996

Books at other libraries


OneSearch to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

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MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.


General websites

IMDb--Internet Movie Database A comprehensive collection of information about movies

CineFiles Database of film documents including reviews, articles, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, and more

EarlyCinema Historical nformation on the first ten years of motion pictures

Live-Radio Links to radio stations worldwide that broadcast on the internet

Media Channel Information and diverse perspectives on the political, cultural, and social impacts of the media

Reviews & criticism

Rotten Tomatoes Collects online reviews of contemporary films

Movie Review Query Engine Online movie review database with news, interviews, and other movie-related content

Metacritic Compiles critical information about film, video, music, games, books, and television

Articles & scholarship

Iowa Film & Television Eserver Free works on film and television by scholars and editors

Media & Communications Site Links to "internet-based resources useful in the academic study of media and communication"

Scripts, clips, images & more

Internet Movie Script Database

Moving Image Archive Downloadable movies, broadcasts, cartoons, and more

American Memory from the Library of Congress "A digital record of American history and creativity," with downloadable video, audio and images

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive "a unique moving image collection that chronicles sixty landmark years of social history and cultural revolution in the San Francisco Bay Area"

Notable blogs

Bright Lights After Dark Companion blog to Bright Lights Film Journal

The Bioscope Information about early and silent cinema

Confessions of an Aca-Fan Official weblog of Henry Jenkins, leading media studies scholar and founder of the Comparative Media Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frames "How media institutions, forms, genres, and aesthetics develop in particular historical periods."

For journalists

News databases

NBC Learn Higher Ed

Newsbank (California)

NewsstandNew York Times Historical

Facts & statistics

California Statistical Abstract "compilation of data on social, economic, and physical aspects of the state"

RAND California statistics

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) searches a variety of encyclopedias and dictionaries

Statistical Abstract of the United States "authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States"

World Almanac wide variety of facts and statistics

Finding Data on the Internet includes statistics sources, math for reporters, and tips about writing and editing

Government Printing Office wide variety of information from the federal government on everything from the environment to education to public health and more (also in the library catalog)

See also Reference & Quick Facts

About the news

Investigative Reporters and Editors Investigative stories, tipsheets, reporting guides, and beat sources

Project for Excellence in Journalism Research, analysis, and data about the news from the Pew Research Center, including State of the News Media reports

Center for Investigative Reporting Non-profit dedicated to informing the public and preserving the role that quality journalism plays in a functioning democracy

CaliforniaWatch California-focused initiative of the Center for Investigative Reporting

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Media watch group and anti-censorship organization offering content analyses, studies, reports, and more

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