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Television Studies

This guide is an introduction to library and internet resources for Television Studies.

In the Library's collection

While the majority of books on journalism are in the PN 4699 to PN 5650 range (Baker Stack Level 4), Television broadcasting of the news has the specific call number, PN 4784 .T4. Other works can also be found under PN 4888 .T4 or HE 8700.

Also, look at books that cover television news of specific people or events. These are shelved with the event or person rather than Television news.

Use the catalog to make sure you find everything relevant to your topic.

Radio journalism is similar to Television broadcasting of the news in that both are scattered throughout the PN's.

Useful subject headings for the online catalog include:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

The News in Context

Whenever you look at a topic historically, you need to know something about the time period. What is a quick way to find information? We have many subject encyclopedias that look at specific time periods in American history. The title below, American Decades, looks at each decade in the 20th century. You can use these types of encyclopedias to ground yourself in the happenings of a specific decade. Click here for more possible resources.

Selected News Programs

These are links to various broadcast news programs. You can search online for other programs.

Newspapers & Indexes as search tools

Newspapers are a good source for analysis of news programs. Several newspapers have a critic dedication to Television. If you know the critic's name, you can search for their columns. You can also look for "television news programs" and "analysis" to see what you get. If you get a long list, you can use other relavant terms to narrow that search.

The article indexes are good sources for relevant, scholarly works on television news.

News Archives

News transcripts

There is no subject heading called "news transcripts." However, a keyword search for "news transcripts" will show you all the links we have in the online catalog. Searching news transcripts can be a more efficient way to find specific news stories. You would have dates rather than having to use keyword searching.

Documentaries on the news

Serious looks at television news broadcasts and news gathering.

Other internet resources

These are selected resources available through the Web.