Critical Media Literacy

Engaging Media and Transforming Education

Research Guide Attribution

Dr. Jeff Share

Open linked content of this Critical Media Literacy guide has been primarily supplied by Professor Jeff Share, Faculty Advisor in the UCLA Teacher Education Program. Professor Share welcomes your comments by email (

Andrea Gambino

Editing and content input in the CML guide have been handily accomplished by this UCLA Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences and Comparative Education (

Monica Hagan 

For research assistance in Education at UCLA, including CML, please contact Monica Hagan, UCLA Education Librarian (

Accessing UCLA Subscription Sources

From Off-Campus

From On-Campus at UCLA

  • To access restricted Restricted Resource resources while on campus, use either the EDURoam wireless network (preferred) or the UCLA_WIFI wireless network. Sign into EDURoam using your UCLA Logon ID with appended ( and password. Open to current UCLA students, faculty and staff.

eBooks Examples

Source: Media Edge.


BanksyThis guide supports the UCLA Teacher Education critical media literacy course as well as the undergraduate critical media literacy courses (Educ 187: Introduction to Critical Media Literacy, Educ 187: Environmental Justice, and Educ 137: Critical Digital Media Literacies). Some course numbers will be changing as the Information Studies department starts their new minor in Information and Media Literacy. 

This site is updated regularly.


Library Catalogs

UCLA Library Catalog

Catalog of all library items, online and in print, in UCLA Libraries. 
After search, Sort by: Publication Date Descending


Critical pedagogy
Educational technology
Fake news--United States
Information literacy
Internet and youth
Internet in education--Social aspects
Mass media--Study and teaching
Mass media and education
Mass media and youth
Mass media criticism
Mass media in education
Media literacy
Media literacy--Political aspects--United States
Media literacy--Study and teaching
Minorities in mass media
Popular culture--Study and teaching
Racism in mass media
Social media
Visual literacy--Study and teaching


critical media


Catalog of books. periodicals, recordings, and other items held in libraries worldwide.  Students local to UCLA may use the Interlibrary Loan Service at the UCLA Library to request sources found in WorldCAT libraries (or any non-UCLA Library).  Subject headings above may be used when searching WorldCAT.

Institutes, Museums, Research Groups and More!

Association for Media Literacy, AML. Not-for-profit, charitable group of professionals, parents, and media members that help develop an informed, critical understanding of the nature of media, their techniques, and their impact. In Canada, since 1978.

Center for Media and Social Impact, CMSI. Innovation research center and lab that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact; at the School of Communication of American University.

Center for Media Literacy, CML. Educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and evidence-based educational resources nationally and internationally.

Common Sense. Nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives by providing trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice for all to thrive. Lesson plans, research and more!

Critical Media Project, CMP. Free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. From USC Annenberg.

Frontline PBS Videos on Media Literacy. Collection of videos and sources for teachers on media literacy.

Internet Archive, aka The Wayback Machine. Non-profit library of millions of free archived books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Media Education Foundation, MEF. Produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. In Resources, see downloadable Discussion Guides, Lessons & Ideas, full transcripts of each fim, and more.

Media Education Lab (University of Rhode Island). Resources, lesson plans, and events that bolster interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice relating to communication, media studies, and education. 

Moyers on Democracy. Journalism produced by Bill Moyers and his team over the past 40-plus years. Includes an interactive timeline of Moyers’s career, podcasts, and a video archive of 1,000 archived programs, video clips and online-original segments. Visit the video collection pages

Museum of Hoaxes. The museum of hoaxes challenges misinformation that circulates online throughout history and the contemporary moment. 

National Association for Media Literacy Education, NAMLE. Leading nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing media literacy education in the United States.

National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE. Professional membership group applying the power of language and literacy to actively pursue justice and equity for students and educators. Oldest U.S. organization of pre-K through graduate school literacy educators. View NCTE's (2019) Critical Media Literacy task force report here

Pew Research Center. Nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. Reports and data on digital media, journalism, social and technology trends for the USA.

Take Part: Big Issues. Articles and documentaries examining the world's enduring challenges relating to the environment, justice, human rights, global healthy and development, food, & education. 

UCLA Center X. UCLA research center of 100+educators working across multiple programs (Teacher Education Program and Principal Leadership Institute) and many professional development initiatives. Together, we work to transform public schooling to create a more just, equitable, and humane society.

Selected Journals and Magazines

Journal of Media Literacy Education. Peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal supporting media literacy education research, scholarship and pedagogy; open access, 2009-present, 3x/yr. Official journal of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. 

Learning, Media and Technology. Critical analysis of the social, cultural and political aspects of digital media production, consumption, technology and culture in educational contexts. Available in Taylor & Francis, 1975-present, quarterly.

Collections: Podcasts, TED Talks, Videos

  • Hidden Brain: NPR Podcasts. Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices, and direct our relationships.
  • Moyers on Democracy: Podcasts. Journalism produced by Bill Moyers and his team over the past 40-plus years. 
  • TED Podcasts. Listen to podcast initiatives from TED, the nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
  • TED TalksNonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). In 1984, TED began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in over 100 languages. Browse by topic or search by keyword.

Key Databases with Films, Articles, News

Online Videos, Documentaries, Films

Articles and eBook Databases

Gender Studies Databases

Independent Newspapers
Corporate Newspapers