Find Popular Culture Resources

Selected Reference Resources

Suggested SearchWorks Subject Searches

Suggested Databases

  • ComAbstracts: Database contains abstracts of articles published in the primary professional literature of the communications field.
  • Communication studies: Searchable full-text of 16 journals on Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Studies / Intercultural Communication, Television / Film Studies, Media Studies, Business Communication, Organizational / Management Communication, Written Communication, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies.
  • The International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI)Literature Database: open access database containing over 22.000 international references and online documents focusing on children’s, youth and educational television.

Selected Films

To find reality television programs, look up the title in Searchworks but remember to limit to Format: Video.

Websites of Interest

  • The history of pop culture, Open Directory Project
  • Blinkx TV: watch Full Episodes of TV Shows Online
  • Moving Image Archive (from the Internet Archive): This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive: Established in 1982, the TV Archive preserves over 4000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other programs produced locally in the Bay Area and Northern California between 1939-2005. It is part of SF State Library’s Department of Special Collections.