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My name is Victoria Smyth and I am the Subject Librarian for Humanities & Social Sciences at DCU.

Welcome to the Communications portal - a pathfinder to the wide range of high quality library resources available for Communication, Journalism and Multimedia Studies. Use the tabs below to locate resources specific to your subject.

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The Library shelves print books firstly according to their:
Subject Matter: Click here for Communication Studies, Journalism and Multimedia Shelf Mark Numbers.
Then according to the appropriate collection (this is determined by whether the title is essential or supplementary reading).
Short Loan (borrowable for 3 hours or 48 hours) or
Main Lending (borrowable for 1 week or 3 weeks)
The majority of books you require will be located on the first floor which houses material relating to the Humanities and Social Sciences. Some material dealing with photography, video production, marketing and advertising are located on the second floor.


We now have access to over 5,000 e-books, all of which are searchable via the Catalogue. When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-Books" on the left hand side of the screen.
The Library also purchases E-Books Collections, either in response to a direct request from a school or through the IReL consortium. Click here for a list of all our E-Books Collections.


Palgrave Social and Cultural Studies Collection
Provides access to 100 e-books and spans a large range of subject areas including Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies.




A journal is a scholarly publication issued in parts, with a scholarly audience. It differs from a magazine which is a continuing publication, informal in tone, and intended for a general audience, not scholarly in nature. A journal's intent is to add to the body of knowledge on a given subject.

Accessing Journals

When you know the title of the journal you are looking for and have the Author, Article Title, Volume, Issue and Date details, use the A-Z of Journals. Click here to see an example

A selection of journals in your area:-

Access a list of all Journals - print and online – via these library links:



Academic Search Complete The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, provides full text access to over 4,600 full text and 3,600 peer-reviewed journals across a broad range of subjects areas.

Communications and Mass Media Complete (CMMC) 
Provides full text access to over 380 journals, with cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 500 journals, and selected ("priority") coverage of nearly 200 more. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915). CMMC contains a sophisticated Communication Thesaurus and comprehensive reference browsing.

Company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management for the largest 2.6 million UK and Irish companies, summary information for a further 1 million smaller businesses.
FAME is best viewed using Internet Explorer: some advanced features may not work with other browsers.
FAME Online Help

Film Index International
Produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute and based on the Summary of Film and Television (SIFT) database collated by the BFI over the past 70 years, FiIm Index International provides in-depth indexing of over 121,600 films - from the first silent movies to the latest blockbusters - and biographical information for more than 737,000 personalities.

Irish Newspaper Archive
Access to over 260 years of Irish history, the INA is a database of digitised Irish newspapers, from 1763 issues of the Freeman's Journal to modern titles such as the Irish Independent and the Galway City Tribune.

Irish Times Digital Archive
The Irish Times Digital archive is a searchable full-text reproduction of all editions published by the Irish Times from 1859 to the most recent 12 months. Features include 'page view' and the ability to limit to these sections: advertisements, banner, classified, cartoons, obituaries etc. Search the most recent 12 months' content on

Short for Journal Storage, JSTOR provides access to an archive of 1,300 core scholarly journals in subject areas as diverse as Development Studies, Economics, Population Studies, Film Studies and Political Science.

Nexis UK
Full-text coverage of international newspapers, press releases, transcripts of TV broadcasts, newswires, magazines and trade journals. Select the drop-down menu for Sources to limit news titles to a specific country – includes over 40 provincial and national titles for Ireland.

OECD iLibrary
This excellent data source hosts 86,000 items including statistics and factbooks for the 34 OECD member states and for selected non-OECD countries. Its areas of focus include: economics, education, health, goverance and science and technology. Search by theme, country or both.
Getting Started Quick Guide (pdf)

Palgrave Social and Cultural Studies Collection
Provides access to 100 E books and spans a range of subject areas including Media Studies, Social Policy, Criminology and Cultural Studies.

Wiley Interscience
Full-text access to over 400 Wiley journals including 61 Communication and Cultural Studies titles. Register to take advantage of alerting services and stay on top of the latest developments in your field. Also includes access to Electronic Reference Works. 

Web of Science: Arts & Humanities provides quick, powerful access to authoritative content from the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals.


Web Links

Citation Index
A multidisciplinary index which fully covers 1,160 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals including subjects such as Language Studies, Linguistics and Film Studies.


Arts & Humanities Data Service: Visual Arts

Academic Info: Communication + Journalism

BUBL: Arts/Humanities | Communications | Journalism | Multimedia

Digital Research and Projects in Ireland: Media and Film Studies

Irish Resources in the Humanities

Intute: Communication and Media Studies | Visual Arts

Media & Communications Studies: All

Moving Image Gateway: Film | Media | Photography | Radio

Open Directory Project: Film | Journalism | Photography | Radio | Television | Visual Arts

British Universities Film and Video Council:
Television and Radio | News On Screen | Find DVD's | Moving Image Gateway

Librarian's Internet Index



Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: working papers

E Books

Corpus of Electronic Text (CELT)
The online resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics

Google Book Search
Google has joined forces with a number of Libraries and publishers to provide free access to books, if you don't get the entire book, you might get to see a sample chapter or the table of contents.

The Online Books Page
Features links to over 30,000 free books on the web

Project Gutenberg
The Internet's oldest producer of free e-books

Universal Digital Library
Free digitized collection of over 1 million books and other material


Staff and Researchers


Ordering Books / Order Form

Developing Your Student's Information Literacy Skills

Linking to e-resources via Moodle or the web


DORAS: DCU's Online Research Access Service

Impact Factors: keep track of who is citing you

IReL: Access to thousands of peer reviewed journals

RefWorks: online citation manager software

Research Commons: dedicated research suite

Using Other Libraries

ALCID Scheme: access collections of 18 Irish libraries

SCONUL Access: access and borrow from 157 UK and Irish libraries