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American Television History

Off-Campus Access

If you live off campus, make sure to set up the BOL Proxy Server or VPN client on your laptop or home computer! This will enable you do conduct research and access full-text articles, databases, and other resources from anywhere.

Search for Books

Considerations for Researchers

  • What dates are you researching? Different databases, tools, and magazines cover specific periods of time.
  • What names (showrunners, creators, directors, writers, actors, etc.) are associated with different television shows and networks? Adding these to searches can often bring up useful articles beyond those specifically associated with a program.
  • Not every individual show will have extensive scholarship written about it. What genre(s), themes, trends, etc. associated with a show can help surface relevant criticism that you can then apply to your own analysis?

Basic Reference Tools


Diana King
UCLA Arts Library
1400 Public Affairs Bldg.

Online Media Journals & Forums

All of these online journals contain emerging scholarship in media studies. Also visit the "Articles" tab to search across many different journals.