Research Guide for

ENGC 1101 College Writing (Reid)


Pop Culture in the Library Databases

Combined Search

Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.

Note: Combined Search results include both online content and paper books available for pickup at the library. Follow these instructions to request a book (PDF) be held for pickup.


Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost)
Articles in all subjects from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. An all-purpose database and often a good place to start.

ProQuest News & Newspapers

News articles from U.S. newspapers. Includes the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, and more.

Gale eBooks
Selected dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference books in many subjects.


Summaries and Analysis of Popular Culture

Websites with Articles About Pop Culture

HOW TO: Search for your popular culture item by the title. If the title is multiple words, put the title in quotation marks. For example: "Big Little Lies."
If needed, also try adding:
  • Director, author, or musical artist
  • Name of network (HBO, Netflix, Cartoon Network, etc.)
  • Genre (anime, reality, comedy, cartoon)
  • Terms tv show, tv series, show, series, video game
  • Terms review, recap, season review, interview

New York Times Popular Culture Section
TV, movies, pop music, and more.

Note - First you will need to create an account with the New York Times website and register for a yearly pass provided by the Normandale Library. After you register, use the email and password you registered with to log in to the New York Times website. Follow these registration instructions.

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. 

AV Club 
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. 

Google News
Google search of news and culture websites. Type in the title of a TV show, movie, videogame, etc. and it should appear as a "topic" you can click on. Especially good for more obscure shows and newer shows. Try to find articles on the above 2 websites first, before looking here.


Websites Collecting Reviews of Movies, Video Games, Television Shows

HOW TO: In these websites, find your show by searching for the title of the show. On the webpage for a show, look for links to reviews by TV critics. Use critic reviews, NOT user reviews. 

Rotten Tomatoes
Only use critic reviews! Use for movies and TV.

Only use critic reviews! Use for video games, movies, TV, and albums.

Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Look for "Critic" under the Reviews section to find articles. Use for movies and TV.


Search Strategies: Phrase Searching

Video courtesy of North Carolina State University Library.

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Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (8th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.