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Cultural Studies: Articles

A research guide to support engagement with Cultural Studies, including work in internet culture, film and television, Web 2.0 activism, alter-globalization and human rights, and more.


Because research in Cultural Studies tends to cross disciplinary boundaries, many of the recommended databases are multidisciplinary or are offered by companies that allow the ability to search across disciplinary databases. Based on this determination, the following databases are listed in order of how relevant they may be for research in Cultural Studies. To find more disciplinary databases, browse the full list of databases at UBC by subject.

Also check the Journals box on this page (below). There is a lot of overlap between searching in databases and searching in journals, so you may see some of the same articles appear in multiple places.


UBC Library subscribes to several Journals that cover the areas included in Cultural Studies. Below are some of the Journals that may be most useful for your research. For a more comprehensive list of Cultural Studies journals read this blog post of journal titles from the Cultural Studies Reading Group at McMaster University. A list of international journal titles may be found here. You can also browse journals at UBC Library by clicking on the appropriate subjects on this page.

Also check the Databases box on this page (above). There is a lot of overlap between searching in databases and searching in journals, so you may see some of the same articles appear in multiple places.

Research Tips

The key to effective research is to experiment with lots of different strategies and figure out what works best, both for you as a researcher and for the resource you're using. Most databases work best with keyword searching, as opposed to searching for a phrase or a sentence. Pick out the most important, or defining, words from the topic you're interested in or the question you are asking and search for articles using those words. Try a combination of different keywords, synonyms for your keywords, and jargon or technical terms that may be relevant to your discipline.

Most databases will offer you filters to narrow your list of results down to scholarly or peer-reviewed works, by publication date, or by type of resource (journal article, book review, citation, etc.). Filters can be useful to make sure you're finding the type of resource you need or to help make a long list of search results more manageable to go through.

The library has a number of detailed guides with instructions for doing research in various resources. Some of the guides that may be useful to you are:


Using EBSCO Databases

Several of the databases listed here are hosted on the EBSCO platform, and can be searched simultaneously by selecting a few boxes on the advanced search page. Click through to any one of those databases and then click the link, just above the search box, that says Choose Databases. From the pop-up list, select the databases you want to search, click OK, and then run your search as usual.