Whether researching an aspect of today's popular culture in the U.S., kinship in France, or social upheavals in nineteenth century Argentina, start your search in the database ProQuest Research Library. It covers publications ranging from popular titles like:
to academic/scholarly titles like:
Gain insight understanding the culture and identities encountered in when researching a work.
The Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies on Hale's 4th floor houses encyclopedias and other reference books about cultures around the world. Some titles include:
Need more information? Search in Search It for terms that identify a culture or identity and the term encyclopedia or dictionary.
Too many hits? Click on the K-State Libraries only tab and the majority of your results will be books or films owned by K-State, including print and ebooks.
These databases explore cultures and identities. All include academic materials, particularly journal articles, but you may find popular or community publications too.
Theses databases provide music samples and images illustrating cultural expression from around the world.
These databases provide primarily academic resources discussing how cultures express themselves.
Need to place a work in historical context? Try these two databases. America: History and Life covers U.S. and Canadian history. Historical Abstracts covers the rest of the world.
Both databases have an Advanced Search feature that will let you limit your search to a time frame in history.
Browse historical newspapers to research an historic event or gain cultural context.
Free Internet Sources
Many archives and museums are digitizing items in their collections to make them more widely available online. Their websites may include digital archives or digital collections.
Some significant websites exist to centrally collect and disseminate primary source materials. These include:
K-State Libraries subscribe to a number of primary source databases. These include:
Need to understand the importance of an allusion or symbol? These books are a sample of the dictionaries and encyclopedias providing the histories and meanings from cultures around the world. Note that these works are shelved in different locations, with different call numbers.