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Search Institutional Respositories
Institutional repositories are often open access databases of the scholarly output of a college or institution. As such, you can usually find scholarly material here that is not found in a traditional Google search, but may be the work of a graduate student, a PhD-degree seeking student, or a faculty member's lecture or conference papers. Some search words to try:
|(literary themes + media type) literary themes + television (or movies or advertisement or songs, or video games, etc.)
|(the theme + media type) race + movies or romance + reality television or romanticism + song lyrics
|(title of story + pop culture) Midsummer Night's Dream + pop culture or The Cask of Amontillado + pop culture
Open Access Pop Culture Journals
Transformative Works and Cultures
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is an international, peer-reviewed journal published by the Organization for Transformative Works. TWC publishes articles about transformative works, broadly conceived; articles about media studies; and articles about the fan community.
Best Databases for Biographical Information
Gale in Context: Biography This link opens in a new window
Gale In Context: Biography is an engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. Organized into a user-friendly portal experience, it merges Gale's authoritative reference content, including Lives & Perspectives, with periodicals and multimedia. Users can browse to find people based on occupation, role, or historical period, or search based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword and full text.
Image and Video Resources
Wikimedia Commons is a great place to find images for presentations.
Films on Demand This link opens in a new window
You can find great clips in this database to include in your presentations.