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Media and Cultural Studies: Getting Started

A guide to print and online resources available through the DeWitt Wallace Library for media studies, cultural studies, and the intersection between media and cultural studies.

Getting Started?

Thumbnail: Book iconJust starting your research and looking for some ideas? Try browsing our online catalog. Using keywords (the default search style) or subject headings (key words that broadly describe what the resources is about) is a great place to begin. To search using subject headings just type into the search box su:() and fill in a subject area you are looking to learn more about. You can also use the advanced search option and change the search index from keyword to subject.

Here are some subject headings that might help you get started:

  • For film resources, try "motion pictures," "film criticism," or "Motion pictures Evaluation"
  • For broadcast media resources, "television broadcasting," "mass media resources," or "broadcasting".
  • For critical theory resources, try "criticism," "criticism--technique," or "feminist criticism"
  • For cultural studies resources, try "popular culture," "cultural sociology," or "postmodernism"

Keep in mind that resources are often interdisciplinary and may cover a variety of subjects. You can always adjust your search to include that variety by adding another subject in quotations. Here's what that looks like: su:(motion pictures) AND (critical theory).

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Finding Library Resources Near You

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Bloomsbury Digital Resources

‚ÄčBloomsbury Digital Resources are focused on providing essential and cutting edge scholarly content in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Here are some Bloomsbury collections that might be especially helpful. These resources are now available for free and on an unlimited access basis until May 31, 2020.

New E-Books in Media and Cultural Studies

Saint Paul Public Library

St. Paul Public Library has more than 42,000 ebooks and 300 audiobooks that you can check out online, including an extensive fiction collection. 

You can sign up at Once you've registered, you can borrow and download ebooks and audiobooks to view on an e-reader, computer, or mobile device. 

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Best Bets

View the full list of databases the Dewitt Wallace Library subscribes to and select subject "Media and Cultural Studies" to filter.
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Local Resources and Organizations

A handful of links to local resources and organizations in the Twin Cities to kick-start your research process.

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