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POP CULTURE: FINDING SOURCES

RESEARCHING POPULAR CULTURE AND MASS MEDIA

WHAT IS POP CULTURE

Definition - "Popular culture is the accumulated store of cultural products such as music, literature, art, fashion, dance, film, television, and radio that are consumed primarily by non-elite groups such as the working and lower classes (as well as substantial segments of the middle class)."

     From The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology.

POP CULTURE WEB RESOURCES

These websites offer resources for researching the cultural activities, commercial products and media that are aimed at or reflect the tastes of the general population.

OFF-CAMPUS LIBRARY DATABASE ACCESS

For off-campus access to the library databases, you will need to enter either your 14-digit library barcode or sign in with your MyLonestar email address and password. Once you have clicked on the link to a library database, you will be prompted to log in.

FIND SOURCES FOR POP CULTURE RESEARCH

The library databases in this list are helpful for finding topic overviews - general introductions with background information about a topic. Topic overviews can help give you perspective on the history of the issue and generate keywords and subtopics.

The library databases in this list are helpful for finding both current and historical newspaper articles.

Magazine and journal articles usually provide more details about a topic. Journal articles are written by experts or specialists in a field and may report the findings of new studies on a topic.

Streaming video databases often contain video clips and full documentaries with in-depth investigations or alternate perspectives on current events topics.

Books can be great sources of in-depth information and details about a topic. You can read eBooks 24/7 and take advantage of the automatic citation and download features in these databases.

The websites in this list are librarian-approved for up-to-date and reliable information about current events.