Conspiracy Theory

Fall 2008


Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
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Psych/Soc Resources

Reference Sources

Suggested Databases for Sociology or Psychology topics:

  • Annual Reviews Social Sciences: Annual Reviews in Psychology and Sociology. Articles provide overviews of current scholarship on key topics.
  • Buros Institute of Mental Measurements online keyword search: Search by Keyword Anywhere for commercially published tests. Results indicate which volume of Mental Measurements Yearbook provide scholarly reviews and summaries of the test.
  • Communication & mass media complete: Offers information from over 600 journals in communication, mass media and related fields
  • Communication Studies: A Sage Full-Text Collection: covers such subjects as 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
  • PsycINFO: Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law
  • Sociological Abstracts: Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Full text available through Find it @ Stanford link.
  • Sociology: Full text of articles on such subjects as Childhood, Contemporary Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Consumer Culture, Classical Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Leisure Studies, Social Theory, Sociology of Sport, and Sociology of Work and Employment (Labor Studies).
  • Social Science Research Network "Tomorrow's Research Today": working papers and open access scholarly articles

Conspiracy Resources

Reference Sources:

Good General Analyses of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory: (look these up in Searchworks!)

  • The age of anxiety : conspiracy theory and the human sciences
  • Fear : a cultural history
  • Fear itself : the origin and nature of the powerful emotion that shapes our lives and our world
  • The psychology of fear and stress
  • Social rage : emotion and cultural conflict
  • The trouble with blame : victims, perpetrators, and responsibility
  • The age of anxiety : McCarthyism to terrorism
  • Believed-in imaginings : the narrative construction of reality
  • Conspiracy culture : from the Kennedy assassination to The X-files
  • Conspiracy nation : the politics of paranoia in postwar America]
  • Conspiracy theories : secrecy and power in American culture
  • Paradigms of paranoia : the culture of conspiracy in contemporary American fiction
  • Political paranoia : the psychopolitics of hatred
  • The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories
  • The age of manipulation : the con in confidence, the sin in sincere
  • Conspiracies, cover-ups, and crimes : political manipulation and mind control in America
  • The anatomy of illusion : religious cults and destructive persuasion
  • Coercion : why we listen to what they say
  • People-reading : how we control others, how they control us
  • Psychiatry and the CIA : victims of mind control
  • Seeking and resisting compliance : why people say what they do when trying to influence others
  • Social psychology : handbook of basic principles

Other Websites :

  • Kennedy Assassination Home Page: Did Lee Harvey Oswald kill John Kennedy by himself, or did a conspiracy do it?" The searchable site explores this question in great detail, containing information on the major players, places, and theories surrounding the event. This site includes many photos, sound clips, video, annotated links, searchable newsgroup archives, and information on subscribing to the newsgroup.
  • Diana Death A Tragic Accident: Collection of articles from December 2006 about "an official UK police inquiry into the [1997] Paris car crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed [and that] has found no evidence the couple were murdered." Includes a link to the full report ("The Operation Paget Inquiry Report Into the Allegation of Conspiracy to Murder") and to information about the life and death of Princess Diana. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)