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This guide will assist with finding information on gender, media and popular culture.
To obtain an overview of a topic, definitions, and to identify key authors and ideas, start with searching encyclopedias and handbooks. The articles will provide bibliographies at the end of the articles which can lead you to useful books and journal articles.
- Communication, cultural and media studies: the key concepts
- Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media
- Encyclopedia of contemporary American culture
- International encyclopedia of dance - Nearly 2,000 articles on all aspects of dance, including theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.
- The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre and performance [online or print]
Find books in the Library
How to use the Library Catalogue [guide]
Do a Library Catalogue search to see if the Library owns or provides access to the sources that you've identified.
For known items it is best to check using "Browse by title" icon.
(women OR gender) AND ("mass media" OR "popular culture" OR TV OR television)
Limit the results list by subject (left-hand column) and resource type (books, articles, etc.)
LGBT AND performance
Burlesque OR Neoburlesque
Limited by "Subject" and "Resource type"
Proper syntax for Boolean logic (words that allow you to combine concepts)
Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words
Note: For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")
Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevant, click on their subject headings to find more books on that topic.
Find book by subject
For books about a person, search for the person as "Subject" using "Advanced Search" or "Browse by subject"
Choose, "Advanced search", then enter name (last name, first name). This will result in books, book chapters, and journal articles.
Browse by Subject (change the default "title" to "subject"). Browse by Subject will only result in books, not book chapters or journal articles.
For particular shows, search for the name of the show using Advanced Search and "Subject contains"
Buffy, the vampire slayer (Television program)
Browse by Subject (change the default "Title" to "Subject")
- Blacks In Motion Pictures
- Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
- Feminism And Mass Media
- Feminism And Motion Pictures
- Mass media and minorities
- Mass Media And Sex
- Mass Media and Women
- Performance artists
- Pornography Social Aspects
- Sex Role On Television
- Women in mass media.
- Women in popular culture
- Women in the performing arts
Journal articles, news and primary sources
For scholarly articles, limit by "academic" or "peer reviewed". In these databases, the Boolean logic words (and, or), can be in lower case.
Women's Studies International - key database for feminist perspectives
- Keyword searches:
- (media or popular culture) and (portray* or represent*)
- (media or popular culture) and (women or gender or queer or gay or gays or lesbian* or homosexual*)
- Burlesque or Neoburlesque or stripping or "strip tease"
- Keyword searches:
- Communication and Mass Media Complete - Important database for "popular culture" and "media" topics.
- Academic Search Premier - Multidisciplinary index to academic and popular journals. Indexes many women's studies journals.
- CBCA Fulltext Reference - Covers Canadian topics including business, politics, literature, history and news event
Dance, film, literature, music and performing arts
- International Index to the Performing Arts - Multidisciplinary index to journals for the Performing Arts (drama, theater, dance, film, television)
- Film & Television Literature Index - International index to scholarly and popular journal literature on film, television and video
- Oxford Music Online - Comprehensive scholarly resource on all aspects of music. Includes access to Grove Music Online; Oxford dictionary of music and Oxford companion to music
- Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 - Photographs, manuscripts, and other ephemera covering popular culture
- Canadian Newsstand - Full-text of major Canadian newspapers.
- Historical Newspapers - Includes the Washington Post (1877 - 1990); Wall Street Journal (1889 - 1989); New York Times (1851 - 36-month embargo)
- Times digital archive - Full-text and full-image articles from the Times of London for the years 1785-1985.
Primary sources databases
The databases below can be searched for "primary documents" from earlier times.
Archives of Sexuality & Gender - Monographs, manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera from 1600 to 1940, as well as texts, photographs, and illustrations on health, politics, age, race/ ethnicity, and social and economic issues in relation to LGBTQ rights and women's rights since 1940.
Colour images of manuscripts and rare printed materials, as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia covering popular culture in Britain, America, and Canada from 1950 to 1975.
Search for "burlesque" lead you to items such as:
A book of burlesque: sketches of English stage travestie and parody
Victorian Popular Culture - Search across four collections on popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
Search for "burlesque" results in articles in magazines, billboards, etc. See an example, below:
Chatfield-Taylor, O. (1936, 10). SHE STRIPS TO CONQUER. Town & Country, 91, 82. Retrieved from http://proxy.lib.sfu.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/docview/2120635594?accountid=13800
- Beauty and Hygiene advertisements from the 1920s through 1950s section of the Ad*Access Project
- Bitch Media - "feminist response to pop culture"
- Gender Ads Project - "This site is an educational resource that focuses on the ways in which gender (and related issues like sexuality, social class, race, etc.) and advertising intersect. The primary focus of this Web site is print advertising."
- Examples from Gender Ads Project:
- Media Awareness Network by MediaWatch
Music videos, soap operas, and television
- Bust magazine
- The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
- AOL Video Search - Find music videos
- Television Without Pity - Episode analysis and discussion groups
- TV.com - Rather commercial, but lots of information
- Women and Hollywood blog
- Soap Central