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Cultural Studies

A guide to library resources for cultural studies research

Background sources

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks provide background information on a concept, theory, or theorist.

Is the journal peer reviewed?

Recommended Databases

Primary sources

Primary sources are sources that were published during the time period you're studying. They can be:

  • Posters and art
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Videos or documentaries
Newspapers and magazines:
Non-fiction writing and personal accounts:
Art and images:


Graduate dissertations and theses are excellent sources for scholarship in cultural studies. Be advised, though, that they are not peer-reviewed.