Browne Popular Culture Library

BPCL Reference Collection

The reference collection in the BPCL is a rich, exciting collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. on various aspects of popular culture.

Three of best to get started with are:

Below is a brief outline of the topics covered in this collection and what their call number ranges are.

  • Almanacs and books of facts - AG - AY
  • Paranormal/parapsychology - BF 921 - BF 1461
  • Occultism/Alternative religions (i.e. witchcraft, satanism, aliens) - BF 1548 - BL 31
  • Symbols - BL603
  • Religions, general - BL 2525 - BR 535
  • Popular Culture, general - CB 151 - CB 430
  • Celebrities/people in the news/pseudonyms/nicknames - CT 120 - CT 220
  • Timetables/timelines/history/books of days/Popular Culture/American Culture Studies/latino popular culture/southern culture- D 11 - F 209
  • The West - F 591 - F 596
  • Places & travel - G 105 - G 151
  • Folklore/urban legends/folklife/folk heroes/myths/legends - G 3122 - GR 825
  • Fashion - GT 596
  • Marriage - GT 2690
  • Chocolate - GT 2920
  • Holidays/festivals - GT 3925-GT 4985
  • Games/recreation - GV 53- GV 188.3, GV 1243 - GV 1263
  • Sports - GV 567 - GV 959
  • Hobbies/collecting - GV 1201.5 - GV 1235
  • Gender - HQ 6017 - HQ 777
  • Crime - HV 6017 - HV 6789
  • Music - Ms (Note: most of the music materials are located on the 3rd floor)
  • Art/graphic design- Ns
  • Animation/Cartoons - NC 1325 - NC 1766
  • Postcards - NC 1872 - NC 1878
  • Antiques/collectibles - NK 28 - NK 9509
  • The Arts, general - NX 456
  • Media/communication - NX 650 - P 96
  • Superheroes/science fiction - P 96 - P 120
  • Slang/idioms - PE 1630 - PE 3721
  • Phrase/fable - PN 43
  • Fantasy/science fiction literature - PN 56
  • Fiction - PN 56.4 - PN 682
  • Performing Arts, general - PN 1560 - PN 1590
  • Radio - PN 1991, TK 6544
  • Television - PN 1992
  • Film/motion pictures - PN 1993-1998
  • Theatre - PN 2012
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Supernatural fiction - PN 3433 - PN 3435, PN 3448.S45, PS 648
  • Historical and Christian fiction - PN 3441 - PN 3448
  • Mystery/Detective fiction - PN 3448.D4
  • Magazines - PN 4700 - PN 4888, PS 379
    • covers such topics as: fanzines, market, women's, humor, underground, pulps, cult exploitation
  • Comics - PN 6707 - PN 6728, Z 1000
  • Writers - PQ 7082, PS 129 - PS 374
    • mystery, horror, scifi, western, romance, women's fiction
  • Science in popular culture - Q 172.5
  • Weather - QC 998
  • Cars - TL 1 - TL 15
  • UFOs - TL 789 - TL 865
  • Television and film production - TR 847
  • Gadgets, food, cookery - TX 298 - TX 715
  • Zs - this area is a mixture of bibliographies, indexes, and other materials
    • some topics are: celebrity photographs, literary publishing houses, booksellers, film study collections, books of answers, history of books, and any number of the above topics