New Reference Book: American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 4th, 2011

American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade edited by Bob Batchelor, Greenwood, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 973.9 B21A

A four volume set presents decade-by-decade, articles related to specific areas of Pop Culture, including:

  • An overview of each decade
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Books, Newspaper, Magazines and Comics
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Music
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Travel
  • Visual Arts

Examples: Ragtime (1920’s), The Pentagon (1940’s), Fads of the 1950’s, Music Festivals of the 1960’s, Dungeons and Dragons (1970’s), Harry Potter Mania (2000’s).

Helpful for:   Humanities, Humanities IV Research Paper, American History, Art

New Reference Book: Musicians & Composers of the 20th Century

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 2nd, 2010

Musicians & Composers of the 20th Century, edited by Alfred W. Cramer,  Salem, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 780.92 C84M

A five volume set, being a biographical catalog of international (yet mostly Western) musicians.  Most entries are between three and five pages in length.

Examples include: Mary J. Blige, John Dever, Luciano Pavarotti, Salt and Pepa, Tammy Wynette

Helpful for: Music, Humanities, Humanities V Paper, Pop Culture

New Reference Book: The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 9th, 2010

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by John Kenneth Muir, McFarland, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 791.43 M91S

A one-volume guide discussing superheroes from American film and television.  Each article focuses on a particular superhero, their history, creation and appearance in TV and/or film(s).  When applicable, a complete TV episode-by-episode synopsis follows each entry.

Examples include:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Ambiguously Gay Duo
  • The Bionic Woman
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Doctor Strange
  • Swamp Thing

Helpful for:  Humanities IV, Art, Gender Studies, Social History, Pop Culture, Superhero Fans