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CSP: Arts, Literature, and Entertainment Topic Guide

We can't fit every resource you'll need on to this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

Reference first!

You can find these resources by visiting the reference section, looking over the our list of on-line reference sources or checking our or by using our OPAC and limiting your search to reference. Here's some suggestions to get you started.


Britannica Online Great for pre-search, includes explanations, essays, videos, diagrams and photos.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Routledge Reference Resources


ABC-CLIO. (2005). Beat culture : lifestyles, icons, and impact. REF 810.9005 B38 2005
Karney, Robyn. (1995.) Chronicle of the cinema. REF 791.4309 C46 1997.
Tompkins, Vincent, ed. (1996). American decades. REF 973.91 Am3a 1996 One volume for every decade in the 20th century.

Books second!

Books on arts,literature and entertainment can be found in several areas of the library. Use our OPAC and ask a librarian if you need help. Books on the social aspects of these issues are in the 300s, books on the arts will be found in the 700s.Biographies can be found at 921, listed alphabetically by the subject's last name (for example, a biography of Elvis Presley would carry the call number: 921 Presley).
Day, Nancy. (2001). Censorship : or freedom of expression? 363.31 D33 2001 112 pages.
Crampton, Luke. (2003). Rock & roll year by year. 781.66 C84 2003 599 pages.
Gifford, Clive.(2007). Violence on the screen. 303.6 G36 2007 48 pages.
Hill, Laban Carrick. (2003). Harlem stomp! : a cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance. 810.9 H55 2003 151 pages.
Hoobler, Dorothy. (2000). Vanity rules : a history of American fashion and beauty. 391.0097 H76 2000 160 pages.

Databases third!

This short list of databases is a good place to start. If you want to expand your search, visit our our complete list of on-line reference sources.
Artstor Browse millions of images of paintings, photographs, sculptures and architectural landmarks. You can only connect to database while on campus.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Issues and Controversies
The New York Times (1980-current)
SIRS Researcher

Internet fourth!

Internet Public Library Visit the homepage to connect to many pathfinders on arts, entertainment and literature.
Internet Movie DatabaseA great source for basic information on almost every movie ever made. Do you want to know who starred, who directed, what awards it won? Check here. Also good for movie reviews and criticism.
Newsmuseum Visit Washington D.C.'s newest museum, dedicated to the history of journalism.
Poets.orgSponsored by the Academy of American poets. Listen to thousands of recordings, learn more about the lives of America's poets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Go right to the exhibits to learn more about rock and roll's greatest musicians.