Media resources

What are media resources?

Media resources are a collection of materials in non-traditional formats. They include DVDs, CDs, music scores and newspapers.

Why use media?

Your course may require you to make use of media resources in addition to the books and journals available in the library. They can be useful additional sources of information in supporting your assignment. If you are unsure what media resources the library has for your subject, contact the Learning and Research Librarian for your subject.

If you use media resources in your assignments make sure you reference them correctly. Use Cite them right, available via your blackboards. 

Finding DVDs/Films

You can browse the shelves to see what is available, but the best way to search for resources is by using LibrarySearch. Select Library Resources from the drop down menu to limit your search to items held in the library. Enter your keywords such as ‘lord of the rings’. DVDs come under Visual Materials, so you can either limit by this on the left hand side, or scroll down looking for the Visual Materials icon.

DVDs can be checked out for 7 days and are held in the 790 classmark.

The library also holds a number of databases that you can access films, TV and plays through. You can find these under Find Databases on the LibrarySearch homepage.

Databases include:

  • Digital Theatre + (use your CCCU IT login)
  • Drama online (use your CCCU IT login)

Don’t forget you can always use:

  • BBC iPlayer (Make sure you have a TV licence)
  • Box of Broadcasts (search for this via Google, then use your CCCU IT login)
  • E4 (Make sure you have a TV licence)
  • ITV player (Make sure you have a TV licence)
  • YouTube 

Finding CDs/Music Scores

The library holds a number of CDs and music scores. The CDs are shelved in a different sequence at the 780 classmark in the 7 day loan section and are in alphabetical order. You can find CDs via LibrarySearch. Select Library Resources from the drop down, enter your keywords such as ‘Bach symphony’ and look for the CD icon.

The library also holds music scores. These can be found in the rolling shelves on the 3rd floor. They are in order of composer. To find music scores, select Library Resources from the drop down and enter your keywords such as ‘Bach symphony’. You can limit your search to music, and look for the music icon.

The library also holds a number of databases that you can access music and music scores through. You can find these under Find databases on the LibrarySearch homepage.

Databases include:

  • Archival Sound Recordings
  • Rock’s backpages library

Finding Images

You may wish to use images in your assignments. Images cannot be found directly via LibrarySearch, but we do have databases dedicated to images. You can find these under Find databases on the LibrarySearch homepage.

Databases include:

  • Britannica ImageQuest
  • British Cartoon Archive
  • John Johnson Collection
  • Vogue Archive

Don’t forget you can always use:

  • British Library Images Online
  • Flicker
  • Google images
  • istockphoto
  • Shutterstock

If you are going to use images in your assignments make sure you reference them correctly. Use Cite them right, available via your blackboards. You may also need to check the copyright restrictions. If you have any questions about copyright check out our copyright guidance.

Finding newspapers

A wider definition of media is the different ways in which messages are communicated, for example, through newspapers. The library takes a wide selection of printed newspapers and additional newspapers are available online through LibrarySearch. You can find these under Find databases on the LibrarySearch homepage.

 Databases include:

  • British Newspapers 1600-1950
  • Financial Times FT.com
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996
  • LexisLibrary Newspapers UK
 

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Last edited: 24/02/2020 16:26:00