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Welcome to the Erickson Library's Introduction to Popular Culture guide. You'll find tabs at the top that will lead you to additional information with print and online resources. 

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Introduction to Popular Culture

Finding background information on your subject is helpful before you dive into subject specific databases. Credo Reference (link below) is a great place to start to gather ideas for keywords.

A few keywords to try: popular culture, low culture, high culture, mass media.

Visit the Articles tab to get more tips on using keywords in databases.

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Books and EBooks

Popular Culture EBooks

This list is not exhaustive. More eBooks can be found in the Ebsco eBook Collection search.

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Book JacketAcculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture by Naomi Schaefer Riley and Christine Rosen

Book JacketAin't I a Diva: Beyonce and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy by Kevin Allred

Book JacketCupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century by Elana Levine

Book JacketDangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Over Role-Playing Games Says About Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds by Joseph P. Laycock

Book jacketFabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture by Jaap Kooijman

Book JacketFeminist Theory and Pop Culture by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Book JacketGender & Pop Culture: A Text-Reader by Patricia Leavy and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Book JacketGetting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture by Benjamin Woo

Book JacketManga and Anime Go to Hollywood by Northrop Davis

Book JacketPerpectual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature, and Pop Culture by Sally Porterfield, Keith Polette, and Tita French Baumlin

Book JacketPhilosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture by William Irwin and Jorge J.E. Gracia

Book JacketPolitics of Popular Culture: Negotiating Power, Identity, and Place by Tim Nieguth

Book JacketPopular Culture in a New Age by Marshall Fishwick

Book JacketThe Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism by Peter Biskind

Book JacketSuperhero Comics by Chris Gavaler

Book JacketVillainy in Western Culture: Historical Archetypes of Danger, Disorder and Death by Kendrick Gregory


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Physically on the shelves at Erickson Library

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Call number: Main E169.1 .S764 2000



Keyword Search Tips

1. Useful keywords: popular culture, pop culture, high culture, low culture.
2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms.
3. Use and to combine keywords, i.e. "popular culture and movies"
4. Use or to expand your results, i.e. "fanfiction or fan-fiction"
5. Use "quotaton marks" to search keywords as a phrase, i.e. "cultural appropriation"
6. Use an asterik* to search multiple endings, i.e. cultur* will search culture, cultural, etc.

What is Popular Culture


Crash Course: Sociology Videos

Crash Course: Sociology

Selected Films on Demand Titles

Game Changers includes Ralph Lauren, Mark Cuban, Netflix Reed Hastings, Jeff Bezos, Oracle Larry Ellison, Jay-Z, J.K. Rowling, and Mark Zuckerberg
Role-Playing Games: Crash Course Games #18
Should You Really Play Video Games?
Virtual Worlds: Inside Online Games
Top Gun: Video Gaming Obsession and Addiction

Why Popular Culture: Alexandre O. Philippe, Swiss Film Director, TEDxMileHigh

Does Pop Culture Need to Be "Popular"? Idea Channel, PBS Digital Studio



Pop Culture News, Blogs, Magazines, and Other Related Podcasts Other