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Comm 490: Celebrity Effects

Suggested popular culture resources for celebrity studies. Includes both primary and secondary sources. Professor Jan Van den Bulck, Fall 2018

Trade Publications

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Use Library Articles Search to locate scholarly and popular articles, as well as reference works and materials from open access archives.

Sources of evidence related to celebrities

Think about the various kinds of evidence that exist related to celebrities; what can you test or measure? There are many types of texts or evidence: news articles, videos, advertisements, television shows, video games, Congressional hearings, social media posts, films, etc. These can all be  sources of evidence in relation to celebrities and celebrity effects.

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Searching the library catalog

Use Library Catalog Search to discover additional primary sources as well as books on your topic. Books explore a subject in depth, and contain valuable citations in their reference lists. You can also find magazine and newspaper titles, DVDs, videos, audio CDs and other materials using Catalog Search. Items from the Askwith Media Library are searchable in the catalog.

Some suggested keywords related to celebrities and popular culture to try in the library catalog (use the advanced search and choose "subject" from the drop-down menu):

  • popular culture
  • celebrities
  • Fame -- Social aspects -- United States
  • social history


When looking for primary sources, possible keywords to add to your search:

  • personal narratives
  • diary OR diaries
  • letter OR letters
  • correspondence
  • photographs
  • motion pictures
  • motion picture plays 
  • television plays
  • screenplays 

News Sources - including television news shows