TVR 22000: Global Flow of Information

About this Guide

Use this guide as a pathfinder to resources for TVR seminars considering: the global flow of media, European mass media, international media effects, media consolidation, legal regulations, business trade shows, global media convergence, etc.

Best Bets: Databases

Use these databases to find scholarly journal articles, trade publication articles, and news:

Best bets:
  • LexisNexis Academic Find international news, newswires and transcripts here.
    Go to the Companies tab and search Company Dossier to search for information on media companies
  • Communication Source Restricted Resource Some full text available   Journal articles from all fields of communication (Journalism, Marketing, Radio, Television, etc.).  It is included in the Article Quick Search, above.
  • Academic Search Premier Multidisciplinary database.  It is included in the Article Quick Search, above.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text Sociology database.  It is included in the Article Quick Search, above.
  • Business Source Premier (Original Interface) Business database.  It is included in the Article Quick Search, above.
  • Communication Studies: a SAGE Full-Text Collection Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available Full-text journals from the publisher SAGE. This is a full-text colection of titles in the field of communications by the publisher SAGE
Also try:
  • General OneFile Multidisciplinary database
  • Ethnic NewsWatch   Ethnic press and scholarship. Good for Indigenous peoples and the mass media
  • JSTOR Limit to articles.  Includes fulltext of legal, political, anthropological, and sociological articles.
  • National Newspapers Premier Includes BBC Monitoring a translation service. To search by title, click on "more search options" and type "BBC" after publication title.
  • International policy working papers, articles and report
Translation Service

Reference Books

  • Companion encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African film
    REF PN1993.5.A65 C66 2001
    London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.Covers: Central Asia, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Lebenon-Syria-Iraq-Kuwait, Libya, The Maghreb, Palestine, and Turkey
  • Contemporary youth culture: an international encyclopedia
    REF HQ796 .C8454 2006
    Greenwood Press, 2006. Covers popular culture, subculture and youth culture worldwide.
  • Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media
    REF HQ784 .M3 E53 2007
    Sage Publications, 2007. Entries on children and the internet, video games, television, etc.
  • Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
    Scholarly overview of international media topics. Covers all media types (advertising, books, Internet, etc.) & media outlets (radio, television, etc.). Provides history, theory, and topical issues such as ethics, reporting of disasters, and copyright. Look at the Geopolitical Studies section.
  • European Media Governance: National and Regional Dimensions
    Intellect Books, 2007. Ed. by Georgios Terzis.  Country guide to European media ownership structures and policies.
  • European media governance : the Brussels dimension
    Intellect, 2008.  Examines how European media relates to national organizations such as the EU.
  • Greenwood encyclopedia of world popular culture
    REF HM621 .G74 2007
    Greenwood Press, 2007.
  • Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics
    Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. E-book (2 v. (xxi, 1002 p.)) : ill. available as one online resource.
  • Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy
    P95.8 .H365 2001
    Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 
  • International film guide
    REF PN1993.3 .I545
    International Film Guide  REF PN1993.3 .I545 2009 "The definitive annual review of world cinema"
  • International Motion Picture Almanac
    Yearly review of motion picture industry. Includes box office statistics for the U.S., and lists of award winning works.
  • International Television & Video Almanac
    This annual reference covers: the year in television &video, biographies, television series, stations & ownership, networks-cable- satellite & wireless, production services, DVD &video distributors, professional organizations, and coverage of the world market. Latest ed. is at the Reference desk. 1957+ (with some gaps) are in General stacks.
  • Mandy's International Film and Television Production Directory
    Includes a searchable database of jobs and Internship opportunities in theatre, fim, TV, and radio.
  • Political handbook of the world
    JF37 .P6
    A-Z guide of country information. The latest edition at the Reference Desk is 2008.
  • World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH)
    REF TK6540 .W67
    A directory of global broadcasting (radio and television) now in its 60th year of publication. Arranged alphabetically by country.


Use the library's catalog or click on one of the subject headings  in the column on the right.  A list of books recommended also appears to the right.

WorldCat via FirstSearch contains most the book holdings of Ithaca College Library plus books not held by other libraries. Borrow books we don't have using the Interlibrary Loan link.


E-books from the Web:

News Portals on the Internet

News:  Directories
  • Eufeeds
    News feeds from 300 European newspapers, organized by country
  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.
  • Newspaper Map
    The "world's largest newspaper site" allows users to browse a world map of news.  Use a search box to focus on a location.  There is a language feature for translations.
  • Online Newspapers news portal
News: Global Outlets News:  Video Search
  • ARGYLEtv
    Distributes international television programming worldwide in numerous languages.  Try clicking one of the counties at the base of the homepage to begin. May require a special plugin to view; Many not run on Macs.
  • Blinkx
  • OVGuide : Online Video Guide
News: Wires and Digests (some are also available via LexisNexis) News:  Guides to Press Freedom
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.


  • Annenberg Research Network on International Communication  (USC Annenberg School for Communication)
  • Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)
    Non-profit NGO located in Singapore that promotes media and communications in Asia. This membership organization offers research, publication and events.
  • Screen Australia
    Australia's federal funding body for its screen production industry.
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) : New Zealand
    BSA is an Independent Crown Entity (ICE) set up by the Broadcasting Act of 1989 that supports fairness and freedom in broadcasting (about us).    The site includes: Codes and Standards, Making a complaint, Publications, and links.
  • China Media Observatory (CMO)
    Created in 2006 by the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano in Switzerland, the CMO studies Chinese media. It generates research, newsletters, and other documents that are available through its website.
  • Center for Media & Communication Studies (CMCS)
    Research Center based at Central European University in Budapest that researches media and communications for public policy development.
  • Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association Japanese organization that promotes the Japanese computer entertainment industry.  They support the annual Tokyo Game Show.
  • COST-A20 : Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe
    European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research's page concerning the Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe.
  • Euromedia Research Group
    Collects information about media policy in Europe and publishes books.
  • European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)
    Organization that provides information on advertising self-regulation in Europe.
  • European Association of Animation Film (CARTOON)
    Based in Brussels, Cartoon supports the European animation industry.
  • European Audiovisual Observatory
    Based in France, this Council of Europe (COE) organization collects information on European Audiovisual data, trends, and policy.
  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU-UER)
    An association of national broadcasters that promotes the exchange of audiovideo content.  Publications include: EBU viewpoint,  EBU Technical, and various strategic reports.  Topical issues include reports on specific issues under the categories of: Cultural diversity, sports, copyright, and DRM.  The EurovisionTV page includes tabs on: Music &Dance, Children &Youth, Fiction, Entertainment, Documentary, Science &Education, etc.
  • Europe's Information Society
    European Union thematic portal on information society and media and policies (audiovisual, copyright, digital libraries, internet, etc.).
  • EUscreen
    "EUscreen offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today." Content is included in the Eurpeana online archive.
    INPUT(International Public Television) is a screening conference for public television shows.  One associate member, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), holds the INPUT Archive.  This archive collects screened programs from 1978 until today
  • International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth & Media
    Located at NORDICOM, Goteborg University, Sweden, the Clearinghouse collects research on children and the media worldwide. Some books are free online; also check the library's catalog.
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
    UN agency on communication technology.
  • IIST World Forum  Journal from the Institute for International Studies and training, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Media Policy
    Organization that organizes and analyzes global media policy.
  • Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
    Description from the website: The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Persian,Turkish, Urdu-Pashtu media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East.
  • International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth & Media
    Located at NORDICOM, Goteborg University, Sweden, the Clearinghouse collects research on children and the media worldwide. Some books are free online; also check the library's catalog.
  • Ofcom : Office of Communications
    Ofcom reports to the UK Parliament but is independent of the UK Government. They are charged to follow the legal duties defined by the UK Communications Act of 2003.
  • UCLA: Center for European and Eurasian Studies
  • UNESCO Communications and Information Sector
    UNESCO's CI sector provides resources and information to communication issues worldwide. Programs include: International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and Information for All Program (IFAP). Issues include: access to information, capacity building, content development, freedom of expression, media development, and memory of the world. Users can sign up for the CI Weekly News for updates.
  • uniFrance   Promotes the French film industry worldwide.  Includes a helpful Industry Directory
  • Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO)  Promotes the Japanese media content industry
  • World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
    International non-governmental association serving the community radio movement.


Business Information: Databases, Associations, awards & trade shows

Law and Policy

Global Flow Readings

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Scholarly journals versus trade

You need to know the difference between scholarly journals, trade, and popular journals. We have a guide that explains the difference. Think you know the difference?  Test your knowledge with this fast and colorful quizz.

Variety: foreign B.O.

For coverage in earlier issues of Variety, access it from a library database such as LexisNexis.  Try searching "box office" and the name of the film.

Browse TV trade journals

TV trade journals:
(links to library databases where you can access full-text articles that may not be free on the journal's website)
You can usually access current news stories from the journal sites (Variety excells at international coverage):
Browse all online TV journals (scholarly and trade) available in the library:

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Selected Journals and Books

Selected Journals (access via IC Library databases): Selected books (check the status to see if it checked out):

Search Tips

If you search the subject GLOBALIZATION in the Thesaurus tab, you will find all spellings of the word (globalization or globalisation).  Watch a brief demo.


  • globali?ation -- the ? is a wildcard and will give you globalization or globalisation in your search
  • Disney* -- the * is a truncator and will give you Disney, Disneyfication or Disneyization
Truncators and wildcards differ from database to database.  Click on the "Help" tab (usually in the upper right) and look for wildcards and trucators.

If you are searching for articles on a station such as PBS, or a program, such as Spongebob, use the  "all text" search feature.  Watch a brief demo.

Statistics & Analysis

  • Statista
    Statista contains aggregated statistical information from market research, organizations, government documents, and specialist publications.
  • Eurobarometer
    Public opinion data from the European Commission. Data has been gathered since 1973.
  • Eurostat
    Statistical data for European Union members.
  • Pew Global Attitudes Survey
    Gauges public attitudes toward globalization, democracy, and other issues. Users can view all of these reports on the site and also see the datasets used to craft each report.
  • European Media Monitor  includes breaking news (NewsBrief), news analysis and summaries NewsExplorer, etc. for European news
  • NationMaster
    A central data source and handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.  Use the search form to generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics. Click the "Countries A-Z" tab, pick a country, then choose "media"
  • UNdata
    UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations - browse, search and download data from a large number of statistical databases. Data categories include: agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, national accounts, population, refugees, trade, and tourism.
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visualizes the flow of the media.
Print Reference works that include statistics:

Country Guides

Country Guides:
  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides basic history of all countries  - includes maps, population, history, politics, economics, education, communications, transportation and military data.
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives. Contain information on the different types of press available in the country.
  • Compendium: Cultural policies and trends in Europe
    From the website: The Compendium is a joint venture between the Council of Europe and the ERICarts Institute, realised with a community of practice of independent cultural policy researchers, NGOs, national governments and information partners.
  • Country Reports
    Cultural, historical, and statistical information for countries.
  • World Maps and Country Profiles (World Press Review)
    Search by country or region for maps and news.