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American Television History

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

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.

Librarian

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Diana King
Contact:
310-206-4823

Arts Library Virtual Reference Desk

The Arts Library offers a virtual reference desk from 11:00-4:00 on weekdays. Appointments can be scheduled in 20 minute installments, and patrons will receive a Zoom link in their confirmation e-mail. Contact us for research in the fields of art and art history, architecture, architectural history, design media arts, fashion and costume, film and television studies, photography, theater, and urban design.

Access to Print Resources (as of 3/20/20)

 

As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan.

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    

    

VPN & 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 following methods:

 

The UCLA Library offers tutorials on how to do this: In the other tabs are how four Bruins got their computers set up and ready to go for remote access!

 


 

VPN on Mac with Natalie
"I chose VPN for my mac because I need to be able to access the full text of articles on different browsers." - Natalie, Environmental Science
Download a UCLA VPN
VPN on Windows with Michael
"I chose VPN because I like the security it provides and the control it gives me as a user to manually enable or disable it when I'm browsing online." - Michael, Public Affairs
Download a UCLA VPN
Proxy on Mac with Kate
"I chose Proxy because I prefer logging in through a web browser without having to download any software on my computer." - Kate, Ethnic Studies
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Proxy on Windows
Coming soon!

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?

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.

Selected E-book Collections