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Media, Film & Communication: Books

Recommended Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great starting point for research.They can provide concise explanations of theories, concepts and terms, as well as suggest sources for further reading. Try:

Recommended E-Books

The Library's collection of e-books is growing all the time. Limit search results to Books and Full Text Online.

Benefits of e-books include:

  • Instant/anytime access
  • They can be downloaded (for a specified period of time) or read online
  • The entire text is serachable and 'sticky notes' can be added
  • A percentage of the publication can be printed/saved
  • The e-book URL is permanent so you go back to a publication instantly

Here are some titles to help get you started:

Course readings

Copies of current course textbooks and Reading List books and DVDs are kept in the Reserve collection. Here are are some textbooks and chapter sources, used for courses in the Media, Film and Communication Dept:

New Books and Journals

Keep up to date with a weekly selection of the latest new MFCO books on display in the Central Library Recent Arrivals area:

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Browsing the shelves in the Library

Books and other media resources are held in a number of libraries on the Dunedin campus including:

Call number areas you may wish to browse include:

Central Library -

  • HE7601-8700.9 Telecommunication industry
  • P87-96 Communication - Mas Media
  • PN1990-1992.92 Broadcasting 
  • PN1993-1999 Film (Motion Pictures)
  • PN4699-5650 Journalism 

Audiovisual resources can be used in Central Library on Floor 2, group study rooms, or use your laptop.

Hocken Collections - as it is not possible to browse the shelves, check the Catalogue first, or ask a Librarian for help

book shelves

To find items on Course Reserve...

Search by your Course Code, e.g. MFCO103, for textbooks, audiovisual resources, and required and essential readings. Many will be accessible 24/7, labelled E-Reserve.

To find books...

Try searching:

What if we don't have the book you want...?

Submit your request through our Get It Interloan service.

Library users can search for items then create requests for items not held in the University of Otago Library, and monitor the progress of those requests.

Books interloaned from NZ or Australian libraries are free, but overseas loans are $25.