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American Television History

Your guide to American television history at UCLA: Find articles, books, and more.


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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.

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?

UC Library Search

Major Online Sources

These online sources are good places to start searching for articles and reference information on film and television. For quick reference, hold your mouse over a link for a brief description of the resource. All of these are subscription resources from the Library, so you will need to make sure your computer is configured for off-campus access if you are researching from home.

For more suggested sources, go to the tabs at the top of the page.

Reference Encyclopedias and Guides

Connecting from Off-Campus: VPN and Proxy Tutorials

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the methods below. Click on the other tabs to see how four Bruins got their computers set up and ready to go for remote access!

If you still need help, you can contact the UCLA IT Support Center at (310) 267-4357 or They provide 24/7 phone support.

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