The UCR Library collects resources in film, cultural studies and media studies, as well as related interdisciplinary subjects such as censorship and the history of visual culture. We offer subject-specific and general research educational services at the library and provide access to information that includes the entire UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information for topics in film and media studies. Search by topic keywords in the UCR catalog or the Melvyl (UC) catalog.

Scholarly articles are carefully evaluated (peer-reviewed) by subject experts to provide reliable and credible information. Locate film and media studies articles by searching both the film and media studies databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.


Many film and media journals are found electronically and can be browsed in the UC Journal finder. Use the UCR catalog, searching with material type set to "periodicals", to find journals that are available in the library.

Specialized Resources

Encyclopedias such as the Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies are useful for getting a broad overview of criticism, genres and concepts related to media studies.

Dissertations & Theses
Databases such as Proquest Digital Dissertations are useful for finding dissertations and theses related to film and media studies.

Media Studies Quick Reference

Film Quick Reference