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Popular Culture - Library Research Guide: Encyclopedias

Guide to researching popular culture using library and open Web resources

Subject Encyclopedias

Depending on the focus of your topic, you may want to seek out other subject encyclopedias that may include coverage on

  • Contemporary fashion
  • Television news
  • Media images of women
  • Alcohol in popular culture
  • Pop music
  • Comic books and superheroes

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Sample Encyclopedia Titles

Use reference books for background information, broad overviews and summaries.

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E-Reference Books

The library has a small collection of electronic reference books. 

Credo Reference (Searches across multiple titles)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

To use any of the library's E-Reference Books while you are off-campus, you will need to log in.

Username: Your W Number*


  • First 2 letters of first name,
  • First 2 letters of last name,
  • Last 4 digits of W#
  • Example: jado6789

* Don't know your W#, look it up in Class-Web.

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