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Media and Communications


Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

Key databases

Box of Broadcasts

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. It enables you 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 (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.

British Newspapers 1600-1950

An extensive collection of newspapers from across the British Isles, and the British Empire. Enables the discovery of primary source documents through the use of multiple search options and powerful research tools.

Chinese Film and Newsreel Scripts from the Cultural Revolution

The collection of film advertisements and transcripts of Chinese documentary films and newsreels is made up of around 1750 items. It spans the years 1946 to 1985, although the bulk of the items in the collection are transcripts for the documentary films and newsreels from the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. All documents in the collection are in Chinese

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) offers full text and cover to cover indexing and abstracts for over 600 journals covering communication, mass media, linguistics, rhetoric, language, logic, and other closely related fields. This also includes over 400 full text journals, selected coverage of more than 170 journals and thousands of author profiles. Coverage dates back to 1900.

Guide to using Communication & Mass Media Complete


Dimensions is the world’s largest linked-research database, covering articles, grants, patents, clinical trials, datasets, policy documents and technical reports. It also provides research metrics. There is a free version open to all, or a subscription version.

You must register for an account with your Leeds email address to get full access, from a computer within the University’s IP range or through the virtual desktop. Once you are registered, you can access the database from off-campus. If you are a student, you can put “student” in the job title field.

Guide to using Dimensions

News on Screen

Search 20th century news through over 185,000 cinemagazine & newsreel stories linked to production documents & films. It would be useful for History and Communications Studies. This database is no longer updated and covers 1910-1983.


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. You can to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis

Tutorials from LexisNexis

Power Search Guide from Nexis Solutions

Rock's Backpages

An online library of pop music journalism, covering 50 years of rock'n'roll history, with a discussion forum, links to audio interviews and a selection of specialist websites. Articles are in full text and categorised by genre.


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research. Coverage starts from 1823.

Guide to using Scopus

Times Digital Archive

Search the complete digital edition of The Times (London), from 1785-1985, using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Guide to using Times Digital Archive


Intelligence on all areas of marketing communications. It includes over 45,000 papers, case studies, research reports, and news items covering all areas of marketing, advertising, communications, brand strategy and consumer behaviour. It is searchable by keyword. You may have to register your own details before you can search the full database.

Guide to using WARC

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science