Media Studies library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te pāpāho

Learn where to start your research in media studies.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.


Searches most article databases simultaneously. Includes film reviews.

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Google Scholar

Searches for academic sources rather than websites.

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A scholarly database for topic searching and tracking items cited in reference lists.

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Original formatting of New Zealand and international newspapers, covering the previous 60-90 days.

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Full text of selected New Zealand newspapers and magazines.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Film and television

Film reviews


Rotten Tomatoes

Search using ["title of film"] and keyword review* e.g. "kill bill" review*

Recordings and streaming

Selected live and on-demand recordings from over 40 channels including Sky, free-to-air and international.

Find DVDs and videos in Discover. Search on keywords (title, topic, etc), then refine the results to ‘Videos’ under ‘Source Types’ in the left-hand column (you may need to click on Show More to open up the full list of source types).

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Books and ebooks

Find the book you need in a library, or access an online edition you can read on your computer.

Search Discover

Find books, journals, DVDs, & other material.

Postgraduate students and staff: Search Libraries Worldwide to find and request books that are not held by any Massey University Library.

Find books, ebooks and textbooks

Find theses and research reports

Locate Massey, New Zealand and international theses.

Google Books

Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library.

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Background information

ScienceDirect Reference Works
Cross-searches a range of encyclopedias, handbooks and other reference material. Includes:

Concepts and definitions

Oxford Reference
Includes A Dictionary of Media and Communication.

Research methods

Sage Research Methods

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