Databases for Media, Communication, Journalism

Use one or more of the following databases (in alphabetical order) to search for journal articles or other document types on mass communication and journalism. Select databases that match your area of research in terms of subject and regional coverage, etc.

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Art full text
Coverage: Provides full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications, with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Subject coverage includes art and architectural history, film/cinema, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television and video.
Date range: 1984- (indexing/abstracts); 1995- (full text)
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Access: Access conditions

BBC Academy College of Journalism
Coverage: This website focuses on best practice in core editorial skills, and offers an overview of specialist areas as well as legal and ethical issues. Includes videos, audio clips, discussion pages, interactive modules, and text pages covering every aspect of TV, radio, and online journalism
Date range: Continuously updated
Access: Access conditions

Directory of open access journals
Coverage: Covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Aims to cover all subjects and languages.
Publication types: Journals
Access: No access restrictions

Dissertation abstracts online
Coverage: Index of abstracts of dissertations submitted for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees. Titles published since 1997 have 24 page previews available.
Date range: 1861-
Publication types: Dissertations
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: Research databases from EBSCO Publishing. Provides access to all subscribed EBSCO databases on the one screen.
Publication types: Journal literature
Note: Tutorials
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: Broadcast television programmes from a range of channels (not comprehensive).
Note: Please use your UC email address to log in. Students are not able to download e-cast content but can view it online. Staff may both view and download content, and use it in accordance with the university's screenrights licence. Some eTV content may be restricted to users 18 and over. You must be 18 years of age or older to access this material. Please exercise caution.
Help: May not be fully functional with Firefox; use Safari, IE or Chrome.
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: A global news and business information service that combines the content sets of Dow Jones Interactive and Reuters Business Briefing. Factiva delivers articles from Reuters and Dow Jones journalists worldwide - just minutes after the news appears in real-time services. Good coverage of New Zealand newspapers.
Date range: 1979- daily updates
Publication types: Newspapers, newswires, trade journals, newsletters, magazines, web sites, transcripts, market reports.
Help: Some newspapers do not allow academic institutions to access the full text. See Blocked titles.
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote.
Access: Access conditions

Google scholar
Coverage: Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Links to UC Library resources are available.
Help: To see UC links, use Scholar Preferences and choose University of Canterbury in the Library Links section.
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: No access restrictions

Index New Zealand
Coverage: Multidisciplinary coverage of material published in and about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Date range: 1987-
Publication types: Academic journals, magazines, newspapers
Help: Which Search Type?
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: Provides full-text access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in many subjects. Does not include current journal issues; content is updated according to a "moving wall" process.
Date range: Updated monthly
Publication types: Journal articles, reviews
Note: The Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I-XII, Biological Sciences, Business III-IV, Health & General Sciences Collections and 19th Century British Pamphlets. Title lists
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: Access conditions

The New York times
Coverage: Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue are available in the ProQuest version. See Access conditions below for links to 1857-1922 and 1923-2018 issue ranges. Current articles are available in Factiva.
Date range: 1851-2018
Access: Access conditions

New Zealand index
Coverage: Combined databases of NZ Science, Newzindex, Index New Zealand, Newspaper Index, Index Auckland and NZ Art.
Date range: 1840-
Publication types: Indexed records
Help: Help with searching New Zealand index -- Video tutorial
Access: Access conditions

Oxford reference online
Coverage: The two collections contain over 300 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. CU subscribes to 214 of the 316. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the Core Collection.
Date range: Latest editions. Updated three times per annum
Publication types: Encyclopedias, dictionaries
Note: UC subscribes to the Premium Collection
Access: Access conditions

Political Science Complete
Coverage: Provides full text and indexing and abstracts for comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory. Also features more than full-text reference books and monographs and conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.
Date range: 1914-
Publication types: Journal literature
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: Provides access to newspapers from NZ and around the world in full-color, full-page format on the day they are published.
Date range: Varies by title but in some cases extends back 15 years.
Publication types: Newspapers, magazines
Note: "Stuff Ltd" publications hosted by Pressreader are not available offsite, they can only be accessed on campus. Find out more
Help: Using PressReader
Access: Access conditions

Project Muse
Coverage: Provides full-text access to humanities, arts and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
Date range: 1993-
Publication types: Journal articles
Note: UC subscription is to Standard Collection (journals only).
Help: Standard Collection Titles List -- Searching in Project MUSE (PDF)
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: Access conditions

Sage journals online
Coverage: Full text access to SAGE journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. UC subscribes to Premier collection.
Publication types: Journals, conference proceedings, books.
Help: User guide
Endnote: Adding records to EndNote
Access: Access conditions

SAGE research methods
Coverage: Sage Research Methods provides the most comprehensive picture available today of research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods)across the social and behavioural sciences. It includes more than 175,000 pages of SAGE book and reference material on research methods as well as editorially selected material from SAGE journals. In addition, SRMO contains content from more than 600 books, (CU has access to 671) including the complete Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences "Little Green Books" series from SAGE.
Publication types: Books, journal articles, full text, and videos.
Access: Access conditions

Taylor & Francis online
Coverage: Full text for articles published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Psychology Press and Informa Healthcare. Includes iOpenAccess to journals in the physical sciences, environmental and agricultural sciences, behavioural sciences, development studies and medical and bioscience journals.
Publication types: Journals, conference proceedings, books.
Access: Access conditions

Coverage: Legal resources including state and federal cases, statutes, rules of evidence, rules of procedure. Selected case law, legislation, law reviews, treaties and directories organised by topical and international regional libraries. United States/International
Date range: Updated daily
Publication types: Case law, legislation, reviews, treaties.
Help: User guides
Access: Access conditions