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Media and Humanities: Media law sources

A collection of information resources and guidance for Journalism, Media and Humanities students

Useful law books for journalism

Useful law books for humanities subjects/projects

Legal information for journalism and media

The scales of justice

Your university provides access to high-quality sources of legal and official information.

This is significant, as accuracy is extremely important for this subject area.

Remember also to make sure that any legal or official information you look at is up-to-date and relevant to the UK.

Web sources for law


    The source for all UK legislation and is the best place to check the details of specific acts of parliament and related documents.

  • Venables Legal Resources

    A good starting point, providing links to trustworthy information from many sources.

Official information sources

  • European Sources Online: An excellent site covering official sources of information as well as media reports relating to Europe (not just the EU).

  • Mass Observation Online (available via University of Kent): An archive of British Social History. The Archive holds all the material generated by Mass Observation between 1937 and 1949, with a few later additions from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these are personal papers: diaries, letters, scrapbooks and albums of various kinds.

  • UK Official Publications (UKOP) (available via University of Kent): The official catalogue of UK official publications since 1980. This contains hundreds of thousands of records from over 2000 public bodies, it is the most comprehensive source of information on official publications available.

UK government web pages


  • GOV.UK: Central and local government departments and agencies and non-governmental organisations. The site also includes a Newsroom page, with links to recent publications.

  • HM Government Data: Access to a wealth of data covering topics such as education, health, crime & environment.

  • House of Commons Publications: Includes links to House of Lords publications, research publications, Hansard and Parliamentary archives.

  • This website is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government and publishes all UK legislation.

  • Today in the Commons (Links to Official Hansard Report): provides the report of today's proceedings in the Commons Chamber, Westminster Hall, Written Ministerial Statements, Public Bill and General Committe Debates and Today in the Lords. The Hansard Official Report is an edited record of what was said in Parliament. It also includes votes and written answers to parliamentary questions. The report is published daily covering the preceding day, and is followed by weekly and final versions.