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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: Journalism & Publishing

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

In this guide:

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Finding Newspapers  /  Finding Journal Artcles  /  Historical materials  /

Internet Resources: a selection to explore  /  Film, images, sound

Key Resources in Merchiston Library

Finding Journal Articles

The best way to find journal articles is to try keyword searching in LibrarySearch, using the Everything tab.  However, you may also want to try searching directly in some of the databases that contribute to LibrarySearch.  Here's a list of the best ones for the subject area.

The Bookseller 

Key resources in Merchiston Library

Key reference books

This guide highlights some of the materials available in the the Reference Collection at Merchiston Campus Library and elsewhere. Search for the items in LibrarySearch to find the shelf location.

It also provides links to reference tools available via the Internet. 


  • The Blueprint dictionary of printing and publishing. - multilingual dictionary of printing and publishing terms - English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish.
  • A dictionary of communication and media studies

Directories & yearbooks

  • Benn's Media Vol.1 United Kingdom - covers national and regional newspapers, consumer, business and professional periodicals, reference publications, Broadcasting, Other media (eg cinema, outdoor, electronic), Media Organisations and Media Services.
  • Benn's Media Vol.2 Europe - the guide to European (incl. Eire) newspapers, periodicals, television, radio and cinema.
  • Directory of Publishing, UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Willings Press Guide Vol.1 The UK  Aims to be a comprehensive and accurate guide to the UK Press, both print and broadcast. Good sections on newspapers and periodicals, with a detailed classified index and a ceased titles index. Vols. 2 and 3 cover the rest of the world.
  • Writers' and Artists' Yearbook- 'A directory for writers, artists, playrights, writers for film, radio and television, illustrators and photographers' Contains a wealth of information under broad headings such as: Newspapers and magazines, books, television and film, radio, preparing for publication, resources for writers, publishing practice, copyright and libel.


  • The Twentieth Century Newspaper Press in Britain - an annotated bibliography
  • The Publishers' circular 1837-1900 and the English Catalogue of Books - a key primary source about book publishing in Britain from 1837-1900 (microfiche, located in the Edward Clark Collection, Merchiston)


Historical materials

Finding Newspapers

Our Libguide on News Sources and our webpage on Finding Newspapers give advice on how to find specific newspaper articles.

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts  -  a fantastic database of video material for teaching and learning  -  and you get to add to it if you want!

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You can find more information about using BoB on our TV for learning webpage.

Film, images and sound

Internet Resources: a selection to explore


  • Journalist's Toolbox -  a resource presented by the Society of Professional Journalists
  •  - is aimed at print journalists writing for UK magazines or based in the UK, although broadcasters may find the news and other resources useful. Journalism UK is not exhaustive - only links to the most useful and up to date sites are included.
  • Wikipedia - lists of newspapers links to thousands of newspapers, news services and campus newspapers worldwide, organised by country. Includes lists of UK national and regional papers. 
  • British media online- a wide ranging listing of online sources including New Scientist and Private Eye as well local and national newspapers.
  • the British media information website. A media information website to help organise the world’s media outlets and industry news
  • The New Media Association- "the voice of Britain's local media".
  • Ofcom- Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.
  • WeMedia "We tell stories, host events, consult, create and explore how to be human in a world drowning in digital everything. We’re also an agency and consultancy"

Printing and graphic communications