Browne Popular Culture Library

Databases for Popular Culture Topics

University Libraries has a new power search tool that searches about 80% of the library's holdings, including the library catalog and numerous journals.  It's called Summon.  Try it out below.

There are a number of more focused databases useful for researching popular culture topics. Click on the name of the database to find a description and a link for database access.

General Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    • indexes scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and other materials
    • covers a wide range of topics - good place to start research
  • Dissertation Abstracts
    • database of theses and dissertations (all dissertations since 1851)
  • LexisNexis Academic
    • good place to find current topics in the news (via newspapers, news magazines, wire services, and news transcripts)
    • can find movie and play reviews as well
  • MasterFILE Premier
    • indexes mainly popular magazines

Film and Television

Consult the Finding Articles page of Film and Media Studies Resources site for more databases and additional resources for film and television research. Try also the Film Resources in the BPCL and the Television Resources in the BPCL pages.