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Media Studies

Research help for identifying resources related to Media Studies.

Why Use Scholarly Sources?

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Question: What value lies in using scholarly sources, such as peer-reviewed journal articles or books published by university presses?  Why, for example, would a researcher choose a scholarly source over a news story or blog post?

Answer: Scholarly sources have a different level of authority and credibility because they have been approved by a group with recognized expertise in the field under discussion. That approval process includes many steps for verifying facts, reducing bias, and for identifying conflicts of interest. To help aid that process, authors organize and structure their scholarly work differently in order to document evidence that either supports or negates claims and conclusions.

Use Library Search

Library Search is your gateway to discover books, journal articles, and much more at Temple University Libraries. Additional information can be found in our Library Search FAQ's.

Find Articles in Key Databases for Media Studies Scholarly Research

Find the Full-Text

Can't Locate Your Article Online?

  • Use theOnline button in Library Searchlink found in the Library Search or the Find Full Textbutton available from most other databases to locate the entire article online.
  • If your article is not available in print or via another research database, request it via ILLiad (interlibrary loan).

Find Books at Temple

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Need to find a book? Use the following source to find books at Temple.

Find Journals

Find full-text online or print journals:

Find Books at Other Libraries

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Can't find a book you need at Temple? Try using the following sources and request books to be sent to Temple.

Browse the Stacks

Want to just browse the stacks?  Browse the following sections for books related to Media Studies: 

Telecommunication industry. Telegraph HE7601-8700.9
Wireless telegraph. Radiotelegraphy HE8660-8688
Radio and television broadcasting HE8689-8700.95
Telephone industry HE8701-9680.7
Cellular telephone services industry. Wireless telephone industry HE9713-9715
Artificial satellite telecommunications HE9719-9721
Advertising HF5801-6182
Sociology HM1-1281
Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects HM481-554
Groups and organizations HM711-806
Social psychology HM1001-1281
Political Communication JA85
Communication. Mass media P87-96
Semiotics. Signs and symbols P99-99.4
Broadcasting PN1990-1992.92
Radio broadcasts PN1991-1991.9
Television broadcasts
Nonbroadcast video recordings PN1992.93-1992.95
Motion pictures PN1993-1999
Journalism. The periodical press, etc. PN4699-5650
Relation to the state. Government and the press. Liberty of the press PN4735-4748
Technique. Practical journalism PN4775-4784
Amateur journalism PN4825-4830
Magazines and other periodicals PN4832-4836
By region or country PN4840-5648
The Jewish press PN5650
Applied photography (including Photojournalism) TR624-835
Cinematography. Motion pictures TR845-899

Book Locations

Books that you find for your topic may be located in a variety of places.  Below is a list of some possible locations.

  • Charles Library BookBot -- This is where most of the books are kept. Many of these books are loanable. Request these books via Library Search. Pick them up at the One Stop Assistance desk in Charles Library, or have them delivered to the Temple campus library of your choice. For additional help see the FAQ, How do I request, pick-up, and borrow items from the BookBot?
  • Charles Library Juvenile (4th floor)  or Charles Library Juvenile (Hirsch Collection, 4th floor)  -- These are where children's and young adult literature books are kept. Find these books on the 4th floor of Charles Library, north side, near the Graduate Scholars and Faculty Study room. Many of these books are loanable.
  • Charles Library Reserves -- This is where books placed on course reserves are kept. Find these books at the One Stop Assistance desk in Charles Library. Many of these books are loanable and will have a 3-hour loan period.
  • Charles Library Stacks (4th floor)  -- Find these books on the 4th floor of Charles Library. Many of these books are loanable.
  • Ambler Campus Library Stacks -- This is a branch library located on the Ambler campus. Request these books via Library Search and have them brought to Charles Library or to the Temple campus library of your choice in a few days.  Many of these books are loanable.
  • Blockson Collection Reading Room -- This is a special collection devoted to African and African American history.  Find these materials on the 1st floor of Sullivan Hall.  These materials are not loanable and must be used in-house only.​
  • Ginsburg Health Science Library -- This is the library located on the Health Science campus. Use the "Request" button to request these books and have them brought to Charles Library or to the Temple campus library of your choice in a few days.  Many of these books are loanable.
  • Online -- This is the designation for ebooks. Ebooks can be accessed 24x7, on or off-campus and do not need to be checked out.
  • Remote Storage -- This is a storage facility for less used or duplicate books.  Request these books via Library Search. Pick them up at the One Stop Assistance Desk in Charles Library.  Many of these books are loanable.
  • Special Collections Research Center Reading Room -- This is where special collections, like Rare Books, Manuscripts, Paskow Science Fiction Collection, Urban Archives, Contemporary Culture Collection, etc., are kept.  Find these materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Reading Room on the 1st floor of Charles Library.  These materials are not loanable and must be used in-house only.

​Not sure where to go?  Maps of Charles Library are available to help you find your call number area.

How to Read Call Numbers

Book spine

You've got a call number to a book -- great! But, how do you read it so you can find the book on the shelves?

Let's look at PR851 .P74 2000 (The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot by Leah Price) as an example:


Read the first line in alphabetical order: A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

Read the second line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.: .F64 = .64, .C724 = .724

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order: 1843, 1972, 2010…