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GSWS 205 Gender and Popular Culture

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For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies by email () or Ask a librarian.


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Get an overview of a topic.  Use encyclopedias, handbooks or textbook for overviews, definitions, and to identify key authors and ideas.

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  • If there is only "one-line search box", try using combining different concepts in the following way:
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Find Books in the Library

Search the SFU Library Catalogue

For help, see the Library guide How to use the Library Catalogue

  • (women or gender) and (mass media or popular culture or tv or television)
  • (women or gender) and represent* and (mass media or popular culture or tv or television)
  • sex and (mass media or popular culture or tv or television)
  • pornograph* and (issue* or debate* or argument* or discuss*).

Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevant, click on their subject headings.

Subject Headings

For particular shows, search for the name of the show in the "Subject" search. E.g.  Buffy, the vampire slayer (Television program)

  • African Americans In Motion Pictures
  • African Americans In Popular Culture
  • Asians In Motion Pictures
  • Blacks In Motion Pictures
  • Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
  • Feminism And Mass Media
  • Feminism And Motion Pictures
  • Feminist Theater
  • Gays in popular culture
  • Gender Identity In Mass Media
  • Gender Identity In Motion Pictures
  • Hispanic American Women In Mass Media
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures
  • Masculinity in popular culture
  • Mass media and minorities
  • Mass media and minorities -- United States.
  • Mass Media And Sex
  • Mass Media and Women
  • Pornography
  • Pornography Social Aspects
  • Sex Differences In Mass Media
  • Sex In Advertising
  • Sex in mass media
  • Sex In Motion Pictures
  • Sex Role On Television
  • Sex Role in Literature
  • Sexism In Mass Media
  • Women cinematographers
  • Women In Advertising
  • Women in mass media.
  • Women in popular culture
  • Women in Television Broadcasting
  • Women in the motion pictures
  • Women motion picture producers and directors
  • Women in the performing arts
  • Women in popular culture
  • Women in the performing arts -- Cross-cultural studies
  • Women in the theatre
  • Women on Television

Journal articles

For scholarly articles, limit by "academic" or "peer reviewed".

Dance, film, literature, music and performing arts databases

News databases

  • Canadian Newsstand - Fulltext of major Canadian newspapers and Canwest's small-market BC papers.
  • 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.



Music videos, Soap Operas and Television