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Cultural Studies

A selective guide to resources in Cultural Studies at Queen's University Library

About Journal Articles

Journal articles are important sources for your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. 

How to find journal articles relevant to Cultural Studies

  • Databases
    Databases are a great tool to search for articles. As Cultural Studies is interdisciplinary, the suggested databases in this guide are an excellent place to start your research process. Keep in mind that the list of multidisciplinary databases below cover a range of subject areas and disciplines, whereas the specialized databases have a specific focus. 

    To find additional databases, see the library's database page. Depending on your topic, it is also recommended that you consult the subject guide relevant to your research topic
  • Journals
    Databases conveniently search multiple journals at once, but if you already have a specific focus for your research, it may be helpful to go directly to the journal(s) relevant to your topic. Take a look at the Journals and E-Journals page of this guide for some suggested journals for Cultural Studies.

    If you know the name of the journal/magazine/newspaper you are looking for, you can do a  Journal Search by title on Omni.


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.
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.
Scopus is a large abstract and citation database, including peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, quality web sources.
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.
Web of Science 
A large, multidisciplinary database which provides access to bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from scholarly journals and conference proceedings. Includes the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. This database also indexes a core collection of Cultural Studies journals.

America: History and Life
History of the United States and Canada from pre-historic times to the present.

ARTbibliographies Modern
Indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art.

Bibliography of Native North AmericansCanadian resource
BNNA is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.

Black Studies Center
Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books and much more.

Film and Television Literature Index
Comprehensive bibliographic database to film and television literature.

Gender Studies Database
Indexes scholarly and popular journals covering gender-engaged scholarship. 

Historical Abstracts
Comprehensive index to scholarly literature on world history from 1450 to present (excluding the U.S. and Canada).

iPortal: Indigenous Studies Portal
Database of full-text electronic resources such as books, articles, theses and documents as well as digitized materials includng photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginals of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.

LGBT Life With Full Text
Provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers.

Literature Online
Includes MLA International Bibliography. Collection of English and American poetry, drama and prose, as well as literature journals and key criticism and reference resources.

Sociological Abstracts
Indexes the international literature of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Databases for Non-mainstream Publications

Alternative Press Index
Interdisciplinary index to alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Ethnic NewsWatch
Interdisciplinary, with a focus on publications from ethnic, minority and Indigenous presses.