Writing the Future: The Rhetoric of Popular Science and Science Fiction

Spg 2012


Christopher Matson

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Getting Started

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  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
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Science Fiction Resources

Selected Reference Resources

Sample Searchworks Subject Headings

Suggested Films

The Media-Microtext collection of Green Library has science fiction, anime and fantasy videos and video games. This is merely a sampling.

Episodes of Dr. Who, Stargate, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ghost in the Shell (in English & Japanese), X-files, The Dark Crystal, Red Dwarf, StarTrek (the entire franchise), Battlestar Galatica, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Firefly/Serenity, Lost in Space, Pan's Labyrinth, Outer Limits, The Last Unicorn, Planet of the Apes (TV & films), My Favorite Martian, The Prisoner, Cowboy Bebop (Japanese w/ subtitles), Twilight Zone, Neon Genesis Evangelion (Japanese), Wall-E.

There are so many additional possibilities that you may want to just search for others of interest. The best way to search Searchworks for films it to limit your format to Microformat before conducting your search.

Suggested Databases

  • Historical Abstracts: Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present
  • America: History and Life: Article abstracts and books reviews on the history of the United States and Canada
  • MLA International: Primary database for language and literature resources
  • ATLA religion database with ATLASerials: A comprehensive database designed to support religious and theological scholarship
  • Sociological Abstracts: Scholarly articles on all aspects of sociology and popular culture
  • Environmental sciences & pollution management: Major areas of coverage include: aquatic pollution, bacteriology, ecology, energy resources, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, microbiology, and health & safety sciences
  • JSTOR: Searchable full-text interdisciplinary scholarly journals
  • Project Muse: Searchable full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences

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