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ENG 151: Reading Popular Culture

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Table of Contents:
Subject-Specific Databases
Related Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers


Core databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic. Click here for a search tutorial.


America: History and Life Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes major titles such as Journal of American History, American Historical Review, and American Quarterly. (For world history see Historical Abstracts). [CSI]


Communications and Mass Media Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts and select full text from over 650 journals in communications and mass media. Covers topics in journalism, film, television, marketing, business communication, health communication, and more.


Film Literature Index (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations to film and television literature from 1976-2001. Includes such titles as Camera Obscura, Screen, Variety, and Journal of Popular Culture.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,300 journals and more than 2.9 million records) plus unique full-text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals. Humanities International Complete is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage for most journals does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines. Click here for a search tutorial.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences primarily covering the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, political science, religion, and the arts. (Books are not available yet)


Related databases for finding articles in this subject area.

LexisNexis Academic Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to a wide range of news, business, and legal information. News resources include major U.S. and world newspapers and magazines, TV and radio transcripts, newswires, and blogs. Business resources include industry and market news, company profiles and SEC filings, and country profiles and business conditions. Legal resources include law reviews and journals, U.S. case law, codes and statutes.


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2007. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Readers' Guide Full Text Mega Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts and select full text from popular magazines and general interest periodicals from 1983 to present. Great source of material on U.S. popular culture, including art, fashion, music, film, leisure, and sports. Includes titles such as Better Homes & Gardens, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair. For literature published before 1983, see Readers' Guide Retrospective.


Readers' Guide Retrospective Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index of popular magazines and general interest periodicals from 1890 to 1982. Great source of material on U.S. cultural history, including art, fashion, music, film, leisure, and sports. Includes titles such as Atlantic Monthly, Colliers, Harper's, Ladies' Home Journal, and Look. For literature published after 1982, see Readers' Guide Full Text.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Encyclopedia on the history and practice of advertising offering essays on specific advertisers, brands, and campaigns; practical and theoretical aspects of advertising; and relevant social, cultural, and historical issues.
Location: 1st Fl Reference HF5803.A38 2003


American Decades Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A decade-by-decade chronicle of 20th century U.S. history and culture. Offers brief summaries of the major social, cultural, political, and economic issues of each decade of the 20th century. Print edition located in Reference [Call#: E169.12.A419 1994].


American Decades Primary Sources Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Cross-disciplinary source spanning the 20th century. Each volume in the set includes full or excerpted primary sources representing the seminal issues, themes, movements and events from a decade. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, TV, play and movie scripts, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, recipes, and more.


American Eras Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers information and essays on the ideas, individuals and events that shaped each period in United States history.


Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Directory of television shows, including plot synopsis, genre, cast, air dates, and more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1992.3.U5 B76 2007


Contemporary Fashion Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides biographical and critical coverage of primarily U.S. designers, milliners, footwear designers, fashion companies and textile houses. Entries include a biographical summary; primary and secondary bibliography that includes articles and exhibition catalogs; and a signed, critical essay written by an expert in the field as well as photographs.


Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Intended for film students and experienced scholars unfamiliar with the new terminology deriving from the meeting of media and cultural studies, this reference offers concise summaries of the thinkers, concepts, and theories associated with film and television theory.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.C75 2001


Dictionary of American History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Dictionary of ideas, events, and people associated with a wide range of topics in American history, from the well studied and familiar to the obscure.


Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A three-volume survey of clothing, costume and fashion, presented through 640 essays, arranged alphabetically. Coverage includes the origins of clothing and body adornment, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress, as well as representative costumes from a wide range of historical eras.


Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers all aspects of U.S. postwar culture, from business and politics to education, arts and sciences, society, and religion.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E169.12.E49 2001


Encyclopedia of Food and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A three-volume survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines. For students and general readers.


Encyclopedia of Popular Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists from 1900 to the present. Also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and festivals.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML102.P66G84 2006


Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A two-volume survey of the pursuit of leisure in the United States, from Colonial to modern times, presented through 271 alphabetically arranged entries. Coverage includes specific types of recreational activities as well as important themes in the history of leisure.


Encyclopedia of Television Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers essays related to the history of television. Includes entries on individual television programs as well as broader topics such as broadcasting technology, censorship, reality television, etc.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1992.18.E53 1997


Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.


Film Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Reference guide to international cinema that includes film synopses, biographies, definitions of terms, explanations of technical film processes, and more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1993.45.K34 2005


Filmography of Social Issues Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Examines twenty specific social themes and shows how they are examined in a hundred motion pictures. Intended to serve as a guide for individuals interested in motion pictures and how they reflect and comment on the major issues of our time.


Food is Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Explores the premise that everything having to do with food - its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption - represents a cultural act. Provides insights into many patterns of culinary behavior and tradition.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Search all titles or browse titles by subject.
Click on the "Title LIst" for contents. Title List


Guide to United States Popular Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Encyclopedia of 20th century American popular culture with essays on topics related to art, music, film, fashion, sports, and more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E169.1.D399 2001


Oxford Art Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive art reference work covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design and photography, from prehistory to the 1990s. Find artist biographies, images of art works, definitions of key terms, and encyclopedia articles on art history topics.


Oxford Guide to Film Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive guide covering major approaches to film studies, core concepts and methods involved in film analysis, and major issues and debates in the study of film.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.O93 1998


Oxford Music Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive music reference work covering all aspects of popular and classical music. Find artist/composer biographies, definitions of key terms, descriptions of major musical works and instruments, and encyclopedia articles on musical genres, styles, and traditions.


St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers essays on diverse aspects of social life, music, print culture, film, television and radio, sports, and art in 20th century America.


Women and American Television: An Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers individuals, programs, social issues, and special topics related to the history of women in television.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1992.8.W65 L69 1999


Resources freely available on the Internet.

Billboard Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers current and historical pop music charts, articles and album reviews, and industry news and analysis.


Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Media Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Comprehensive list of online resources from the Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Includes links to sites on: Advertising, African American, Asian American, Cyberspace, Latin American, Gender and Media, LesBiGay, Native American and other indigenous Peoples, Television and Film, and Print media links.


Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database of movie information including plot summaries, cast and crew information, release date, trailers, reviews, and awards.


Mr. Pop Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers a decade by decade overview of major events in pop culture, sports, music, TV, movies and radio during the last half of the 20th century.


PopMatters Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Reviews, interviews, and essays on all things pop culture including music, television, films, books, video games, sports, theatre, the visual arts, travel, and the Internet.


Popular Culture: Resources for Critical Analysis Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides links to online articles and websites related to the critical analysis of U.S. popular culture. Browse by form (film, music, sports, etc.) or issue (race, class, gender, etc.). Each section includes a bibliography for further reading.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

American Studies International Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Ceased. Articles and book notes on the range of topics that fall under the heading American studies: history, literature and language, material culture, folklore, philosophy and religion and government and politics.


Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A peer-reviewed, academic e-journal dedicated to the study of popular and mass culture from 1900 to present.


Cultural Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Explores the relation between cultural practices, everyday life, material, economic, political, geographical, & historical contexts.


Journal of American Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Combines studies of American literature, history, and the arts, with studies of the popular, the taken-for-granted, and the ordinary pieces of American life to produce analyses of American culture.


Journal of American Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Original articles by scholars of any nationality on American literature, history, institutions, politics, economic, geography and related subjects.


Journal of Contemporary History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles and lists of recently published books on all areas of contemporary history.


Journal of Popular Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Essays and book reviews on popular culture in all areas of the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences.


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