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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find sources for your creative practice and written work.  It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.


    Eresources are databases of articles from academic journals and specialist maagzines as well as other scholarly content. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results. 

    Wildlife Media students might also want to look at the Conservation or Zoology library subject pages for an even wider range.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Arts Premium

    This is a large database encompassing all aspects of the arts including cinema, media and filmmaking. Publications are either peer-reviewed or highly specialist. Tick 'Full Text' to return results with a PDF of the full article.

    science_direct, science direct logo ScienceDirect  For Wildlife Media students, this is the leading database of top-quality science journals. Titles are peer-reviewed and primarily comprise research reports. 
    jstor, jstor logo JSTOR JSTOR is a highly-respected multidisciplinary database of over 12 million journal articles with a strong emphasis on the arts and humanities. A good place to search for material on narrative theory, representation and film criticism.
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo Taylor and Francis Online  A good place to search for material on topics such as media culture, audiences and psychology. Key titles include the Environmental Communication, Feminist Media Studies and Mass Communication and Society.
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with a strong representation from the visual arts. Theses are very useful for research as they contain rich bibliographies that you can use to expand your reading.
    The below resources are useful for market research and industry information 
    mintel, mintel logo  Mintel  Mintel is a market intelligence company, providing detailed insights into consumer and market sectors. Access up-to-date industry information on topics such as cinema attendance and TV viewing habits as well as company profiles and trend forecasts.
    statista, statista logo Statista  Statista is an online statistics, market research and business intelligence portal that contains reports, infographics and statistics on the film and TV industry. You can also find information on specific companies and studios.

    Individual Journal Titles

    These are some of the key journals and magazines we subscribe to for your subject. Browse the print journal collection at Brampton Road Library to discover many more. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal Film and TV
    Film Quarterly  Peer-reviewed commentary on cinema and its audiences. Available online from 1958 and in print in the Library from 2007 onwards. 
    Journal of Film and Video  Academic journal comprising scholarship on film production, theory and history of cinema. Available online from 1983.
    Broadcast  Leading industry magazine for the UK media industry. Available online from 2010 and 3 rolling months in print in the Library. 
    Documentary   Magazine on all aspects of documentary featuring reviews, interviews and news. Available in print in the Library from 2017 onwards.
    Journal of Media Practice  Wide-ranging in scope, this academic journal contains research on topics from journalism to art-house cinema. Available online from 2000 onwards.
    Wildlife Media
    Studies in Documentary Film Analyses the documentary form with plenty of content on wildlife films. Available online from 2007 onwards
    Environmental Communication  Peer-reviewed journal examining the relationship between environment and nature and media. Available online from 2007 onwards. 
    Animal Behaviour One of the most reputable academic journals featuring the latest research on behaviour in nature. Available online from 1995 onwards. 
    Journal of Environmental Media Discourse, debate and analysis on traditional and digital media portrayal of environmental issues.
    BBC Wildlife This popular magazine showcases some of the best wildlife photography and journalism in the UK. Available in the Library from 2016.
    British Wildlife Whilst not peer-reviewed, this journal is scientific in its approach and focuses on ecology, behaviour and conservation. Available in the Library from 1993 onwards.
  • Streaming and visual resources

    Use your university login to access films, documentaries and tutorials streamed straight to your device.

    Streaming resourceDescription
    linkedin_learning, linkedin learning logo LinkedIn Learning 

    Online tutorials on software including Premiere Pro, Final Cut X and Final Draft and more. There's also extensive content on screenwriting, directing, storyboarding, lighting and sound and postproduction. 

    bbc, BBC logo BBC Landmark Video Collection  Stream the best of BBC's wildlife, travel and environmental films. Key titles include Planet Earth, From Pole to Pole, Africa, Life and many more. The collection continues to grow so expect more major titles to be added over time.
    Bloomsbury logo, Bloomsbury Video Library Bloomsbury Video Library An expansive collection including fascinating examples of experimental, documentary and short film as well as a growing collection of arthouse movies. You can also watch filmmaker interviews and masterclass videos
    bfi, bfi logo Screenonline Screenonline is the BFI's online archive of British film and television. You can browse genres and themes of film and television to view summaries, histories, essays and video clips.
    bfi, bfi logo Animals on Film  Large collection of full length documentaries on animals, both wild and domestic, from the BFI. 
    learning_on_screen, learning on screen logo Learning On Screen A rich resource containing footage and audio archives, newsreels, broadcast listings and a database of approved websites to further your research.
    bbc, BBC logo BBC Sound Effects

    A vast array of freely available recorded sounds for use in your filmmaking practice.

    When using visual resources, you must be aware of copyright. The databases below provide access to copyright-cleared images for educational use. Remember that you need to provide references for any images of or works you use in your film and studio projects.

    Appropriation is a legitimate creative practice that involves the reuse of images or works without making any changes to the original. However, unauthorised or unattributed use of images of art works may mean you are in breach of copyright legislation. This video from LinkedIn Learning explains the difference between appropriation and copyright infringement. 

    CC, Creative commona Creative Commons Locate images under Creative Commons licenses for use in studio work and as reference. 


  • Web links for your subject

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    Film and TV
    British Council - Film Advocacy for UK films and filmmakers. Showcases short films and up and coming directors and features news and commentary on the UK industry. 


    BFI is an enormous resource of film archives, reviews and opinion. Many films are available to stream free on the BFI Player. 


    American equivalent of the BFI. Search the Catalog for in-depth information and analysis of American films.


    Industry and careers information on a range of roles and pathways in film and TV.

    Wildlife Media

    National Geographic

    Unparalleled creators of video and image content on travel and the natural world.  

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year 

    The online gallery of the famous photography competition hosted by the Natural History Museum.  

    Discover Wildlife 

    Website that accompanies BBC Wildlife magazine that includes galleries of professional wildlife photographers and ID guides.  

    Natural England

    Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth.

    Scottish Natural Heritage

    Scotland's nature agency featuring news on conservation initiatives, habitats and species.

  • Getting help

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources, check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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