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Media Studies

Media Studies refers to the broad range of interdisciplinary subjects focusing on media culture and production.

Open Access Resources

Open access logo.Open Access (OA) refers to a series of principles and practices through which research is distributed online with no institutional/monetary barriers and with full reuse rights. Traditionally, open access has referred to materials published by peer-reviewed journals, but the term can apply to any research output including books, monographs, theses/dissertations, conference papers/proceedings, and more. The Open Access movement also encompasses open data, open educational resources, and open science. Here, we have gathered a number of open access resources, including traditional peer-reviewed content along with digital collections, reference materials, and other sources available free-of-charge.

Video: Open Access Explained! Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics) (2012)

See the following links to learn more:

This box contains a selection of Open Access Media Studies journals. For additional media studies-specific open access resources, see the websites linked below:

For additional general open access resources, see the following:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Extensive index of diverse open access journals from around the world, driven by a growing community, committed to ensuring quality content is freely available online for everyone.
  • OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
  • OAPEN Online library of open access books
  • Sciendo Search Open Access journals in your subject of interest
  • Smithsonian Open Access Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.



This box contains a small selection of Open Access books. If you are looking for additional selections, consult the links below:


Media Studies


News & Journalism

See our Selected Newspapers and Periodicals box for more open-access popular publications.

For our extensive list of Image Databases and Stock Photo websites, see the Image and Audiovisual Resources tab.

Image Databases

Stock Photos

Inclusive Stock Photos

Research Centers, Professional Organizations, and Funding

Below are a selection of Media Studies and Communication Organization in the United States. For additional organizations, see the following resources:

Indiana University GradGrants Center (GGC)   

  • The GradGrants Center (GGC) supports Indiana University graduate students as they find and secure sponsored grants, fellowships, and awards from external sources that are essential to their academic, research, and professional pursuits. Through extensive access to external funding opportunities for all disciplines, the GGC constitutes an invaluable resource and educational tool to both IU’s graduate student community and the University as a whole.
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National Communication Association Resources:

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See below for calls for paper (CFPs) and conference lists:

Below is a selection of conferences focusing on Media Studies:

Other Guides & Resources

For additional resources, explore our related LibGuides. A LibGuide (which is what you are reading right now) provides research assistance and resources compiled by IU librarians:

Library Guides from Other Institutions

Jordan Schonig  Film & Media Studies YouTube Lectures. Jordan Schonig is a professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. His YouTube videos cover film theory and film analysis.

Video: Walter Benjamin and Aura: "The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility" Part 1. Jordan Schonig (2021).


Cinemas and Film Resources