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Cultural Studies

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

Which Index to Choose?

There is considerable breadth in the types of research topics pursued in Cultural Studies; therefore, it is recommended that you consult the subject research guide/s relevant to your research topic (for example: Art, Film and Media Studies, Geography, Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religion, Sociology, etc.) to identify additional databases that meet your research needs.
Each academic discipline has its own specialized article indexes, which index the core literature of that discipline, and often relevant topics from related disciplines. The indexes you use will depend on your topic. 

Research Guides by Subject

Article Indexes & Databases

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. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade. If you are looking for scholarly or peer reviewed articles, you can typically restrict your search results to only peer reviewed journal articles by applying a search limit in the database.

To locate articles on your topic, use an index or a database such as the ones recommended on this guide. 

Tip: If you know the name of the journal/magazine/newspaper you are looking for you can click on the Journal Search tab in Omni to search by title. 

Multidisciplinary Databases

Web of Science 
A large, multidisciplinary database, Web of Science 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.
 
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.
 
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.

Indexes to Non-mainstream Publications

Alternative Press Index
Print holdings: 1969 - 2009

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.

Selected Specialized Indexes

History of the United States and Canada from pre-historic times to the present.
Indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
BNNA is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.
Comprehensive bibliographic database to film and television literature.
Indexes scholarly and popular journals covering gender-engaged scholarship. 
Comprehensive index to scholarly literature on world history from 1450 to present (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
Includes MLA International Bibliography. Collection of English and American poetry, drama and prose, as well as literature journals and key criticism and reference resources.