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Media & Communication Studies: Journals & Databases



Access the digital archives of The Guardian & Observer and the European Newsstream platform

The London Times Digital Archive (1785-2014)

Nexis Advance UK provides full text access to articles from regional, national and international newspapers, business trade journals, company profiles and country reports.

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The following databases are just a small number of available databases.


  • JSTOR 
    (a not-for-profit organization with a trusted archive of important scholarly journals)
  • Communication Source 
    (provides full texts of nearly 700 journals in the areas of mass media, communications theory, linguistics and more)

Dictionaries & Reference Books

  • Oxford Reference Online 
    (contains dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press)


Research Methods

  • Sage Research Methods 
    (supports researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings)

A full list of relevant databases for your subject area is available by clicking here.

What is?

A journal is an academic publication that is published regularly, which contains research by academics and researchers.

A database is an online collection of information such as journal articles, reports, case studies, ebooks and images which you can use in your studies. Some databases deal with one format (e.g. journal articles) or one subject while others deal with several subjects (known as multidisciplinary) and contain several formats.

An evaluation of professional or academic work by other experts working in the same field.

Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model in which readers have access to scholarly information by paying a subscription (usually via libraries).


MIRR is the college's Institutional Repository and is an example of what is available on open access. The repository contains research conducted by MIC lecturers and researchers.

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