Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies
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This guide highlights selected key resources in the field of Cultural Studies and Critical Theory. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Cultural Studies, it is recommended that you also consult the library subject guide on the general subject of your topic as well.

Article Indexes & Databases

There is considerable breadth in the types of research topics pursued in cultural studies; therefore, it is recommended that you consult the subject research guides relevant to your research topic (Aboriginal Studies, Art, Geography, Gender Studies, Religion, Sociology, etc.) to identify additional databases that meet your research needs.

Multidisciplinary Databases

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Publication coverage: 1865 - present
Find articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports covering a broad spectrum of topics.
A pre-selected group of 11 citation, abstract and full-text databases covering literature published in the arts. Each database can be searched separately but they also can be searched as a group, from this starting point.
Publication coverage: 1951-   (updated quarterly)
Social science and interdisciplinary research with international coverage.
Use the Google search engine to locate articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles published on the "open" web.
A pre-selected group of 25 citation, abstract and full-text databases covering literature published in the social sciences. Each database can be searched separately but they also can be searched as a group, from this starting point.
A pre-selected group of 3 citation, abstract, and full-text databases covering literature published in sociology. Each database can be searched separately but they also can be searched as a group, from this starting point.

Discipline Specific Databases

The following list represents some of the major discipline-focused databases available at the library:

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Publication coverage: 1991 - present (updated quarterly)
Print holdings: 1969 - present Access restricted to the Queen's community (2 user limit)
Interdisciplinary index to alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
History of the United States and Canada from pre-historic times to the present.
Publication coverage: Late 19th century - present
Comprehensive index to literature published worldwide in all areas of anthropology and related interdisciplinary studies.
Publication coverage: 1974 - present
Indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
Publication coverage: 1984 - present
For 1907-1984 coverage see: Art Index Retrospective

Print holdings: Library also has older volumes in print: check QCAT for details.
Index to scholarly journal articles on art and related disciplines (anthropology, architecture, design, video art, etc.). Emphasis is on Western art.
Publication coverage: 1929 - 1984
Access restricted to the Queen's community (1 user limit)
Index to scholarly art journals and other materials published prior to 1985.
Publication coverage: 1949-
Index to scholarly publications on theology and religious studies.
BNNA is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.
Publication coverage: 1959 - present
Interdisciplinary, with a focus on publications from ethnic, minority and native presses.
Publication coverage: From mid 20th century (with selective earlier coverage) -
Print holdings: REF Z5784.M9F45 1973-2004 (Film Literature Index)
Comprehensive bibliographic database to film and television literature.
Publication coverage: 1900-
Publication coverage: 1984 - present (updated monthly)
A multilingual, multidisciplinary index covering the humanities and social sciences, emphasizing such areas as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, sociology and more....
Publication coverage: 1972 - present
Indexes scholarly and popular journals covering gender-engaged scholarship.
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
A comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary database for the fields of physical and human geography, including geology, ecology, geomechanics, mineralogy, oceanography, environmental issues and Third World studies....
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index to scholarly literature on world history from 1450 to present (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
Publication coverage: 1951-   (updated quarterly)
Social science and interdisciplinary research with international coverage.

Includes over 500 core journals, with an emphasis on specialist and rare titles, plus monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues. At least 60% of the content is in languages other than English.

Publication coverage: Varies depending on publication.
A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.
Publication coverage: 1953-
Comprehensive index (with abstracts and links to full-text) to articles, books and reference works relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
Publication coverage: 1892 - present (some primary texts date from 600 AD)
Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 user limit)
Includes MLA International Bibliography. Collection of English and American poetry, drama and prose, as well as literature journals and key criticism and reference resources.
Helen De Renzy Trust
Publication coverage: 1940-
Major international index to scholarly research in all fields of philosophy.
Publication coverage: 1952 - present
Comprehensive index to the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.
Publication coverage: 1800 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 user limit)
Abstracts and indexes international journals in the fields of sport, fitness, exercise and related disciplines, as well as books, dissertations, conference proceedings, and reviews.

Bibliographies

[The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism]

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

A London Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1931-1989)
SL REF Z7161 .L84

Contemporary Critical Theory: A Selective Bibliography
SL REF Z6514 .C97 M37 1993

Oxford Bibliographies Online
OBO lists books, journals, primary documents, web resources, and multimedia in various discipline-based subject modules. Search across all subject collections simultaneously or narrow search by specific discipline.

The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
This journal provides a narrative bibliography of published work, recording significant debates and issues of interest across a broad range of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Consult specialized encyclopedias or dictionaries to get a broad overview of a subject, a concise overview of a concept, school of thought or person. To find encyclopedias or dictionaries on your topic, search QCAT using the keywords of your topic combined with "encyclopedia" or "dictionaries". You may also wish to consult the appropriate subject guide.

Listed below are a few select titles. Many more can be found by either searching the library catalogue or consulting the relevant subject guide.

 

Dictionaries

The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought (online and print)
SL REF H41 .B53 2003

The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (online)

A Dictionary of Critical Theory Ian Buchanan, Oxford University Press (2010)
(online)

Dictionary of Cultural and Critical theory (online)

New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed (online and in print)
SL REF AG5 .H757 2002

20th Century Culture: a Dictionary of the Arts and Literature of Our Time (print)
SL REF NX456 .B76 1991t

Encyclopedias

ONLINE

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Comprehensive survey of sociological theories, research, definitions and bibliographies.
This free, online encyclopedia includes substantial essays on a wide variety of topics ranging from Erotica & Pornography to Ageism to Women's Liberation Movement. Each entry is signed. Also includes biographical and literary entries in the Arts and Literature sections, respectively.
Comprehensive overview of the social and behavioural sciences.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Searchable database of dictionaries and other subject-specific reference works.

STAUFFER REFERENCE

Encyclopedia of Activism & Social Justice
HM671 .E53 2007

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society
HQ1115 .E54 2009

Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora : Origins, Experiences, and Culture / M. Avrum Ehrlich, editor
DS115 .E47 2009

Material Culture in America : Understanding Everyday Life / Helen Sheumaker and Shirley Teresa Wajda, editors
GN560.U6 M37 2008

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture / edited by David A. Gerstner
HQ76.96 .R68 2006

Encyclopedia of New Media : an Essential Reference to Communication and Technology / Steve Jones, editor
QA76.575 .E5368 2003

Guides & Companions

Companions provide concise surveys of current discussions in a discipline and as such are excellent research sources.

The A-Z Guide to Modern Literary & Cultural Theorists
SL REF PN74 .A2 1995t

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists (online)

The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists (online)

The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (online)

The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture (online)

Companion to Cultural Studies (online)

Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (online)

A Glossary of Cultural Theory
HM101 .B775 2002

Cultural Theory: the Key Thinkers (online)

Cultural Theory as Political Science (online)

Cultural Theory: the Key Concepts
SL REF HM621 .C85366 2008

Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (online)

Images

http://library.queensu.ca/research/guide/finding-images

Journals & E-Journals

Due to its inherent diversity and interdisciplinarity, there are many journals relevant to the field of Cultural Studies. The following is a selective list:

[Book image: The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory]

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies Journals

Open Access (OA) Journals

Journals available through Queen's Library Subscription

Critical Theory Journals

Cultural Studies Journals

Primary Sources & E-Books

The Library subscribes to many specialized collections of digital primary source materials and electronic texts.

The following are particularly relevant to Cultural Studies:

Primary Source Materials:

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Contains the full text of almost 800 sources, including the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans as well as interviews, journal articles, letters and other fugitive material.
Historical documents to support study and analysis of gender, leisure and consumer culture.
A collection of works, in both original language and English translation, written by seminal figures in the humanities and social sciences. Subjects covered include the history of political thought and theory, education, religious studies, economics, classics, history and philosophy of science, germanic studies and sociology.
Publication coverage: 18th century - present
A collection of influential writings representing the most important trends of sociological thought from the 18th century to the present day. Relevant to the fields of sociology, economics, political science, race and gender studies, intellectual history, media studies, psychology and philosophy.
The first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960’s to the works of modern sequential artists, this collection will contain more than 75,000 pages of comics and graphic novels, along with 25,000 pages of interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform.
Covers a wide range of primary and secondary documents, a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of U.S. women's history, as well as images and links to other websites.

E-Book Collections:

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Full-text access to a large collection of scholarly e-books published by leading Canadian publishers.
The e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection includes online access to at least 100 new scholarly books published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences in a calendar year. With the purchase of the current year's titles in the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, libraries will also receive access to all of the Press's backlist books now available in electronic form.
Search and browse access to the full-text of books from scholarly Canadian and international publishers.
Cover-to-cover search and browse access to the full-text of books from various academic publishers. Note: 80-page printing restriction. Some titles may have access limits.
Provides a single search and reading interface to published material from major scholarly publishers.
Publication coverage: 2012-2013
University Press Scholarship Online launched in September 2011, brings together monograph content from leading university presses.

Research Methods


Sage Research Methods Online
SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.
Video tutorials on how to use this database

 

Theses & Dissertations

[Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil on the Nature of Fire; Pen and Paper; Albert Einstein's Dissertation]

Queen's

To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:

Canada

Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States

International

TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.

Websites

Websites

Associations

Listservs

[Modern Technology]