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Pop Culture: Databases for Pop Culture Research

Start your pop culture research with academic sources.

Introduction to library resources: Database demo

This video demonstrates how to use the research tools we have at SPSCC. It shows how to use Quick Search, for finding books in our collection, plus eBooks and articles from databases. It also shows how to search directly in several of the research databases that are helpful for your assignment. 

Important Note

This video was created during a time that the library was closed to in-person use. Now we are open for in-person use Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Research Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a tool to search for academic articles. There is decent coverage of pop culture and media studies journals. Not everything in Google Scholar will be available for free. Use interlibrary loan through SPSCC Library to borrow anything you cannot get access to.

Find eBooks

Use Quick Search, from the library website, to find scholarly books.

  1. Enter your search terms into the search box. TIP: Questions or sentences don't work well.
  2. To the left of your results list, scroll down and limit results to Books. eBooks say Available Online. Print books have a call number.
  3. Look for author credentials or a university press publisher to determine if it is a "scholarly book." See video for details.


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