ICSM Fantasy, Fandom, and Fans: Exceeding Our Own Lives

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Recommended Subject Searches

Fans (Persons)
Fans (Persons)--Psychology
Fans (Persons)--United States--Psychology
Fan fiction--History and criticism
Fan fiction--Law and legislation
Fan magazines
Science fiction fans
Science fiction fans--Anecdotes
Groupies--United States--Psychology
Subculture--United States

Celebrities in mass media
Celebrities--United States
Fame--Psychological aspects
Fame--Social aspects--United States
Fame--Social aspects--United States--History--21st century

Popular culture
Popular culture--Psychological aspects
Popular culture--United States
Popular culture--United States--History--20th century
Popular culture--United States--History--21st century
Popular culture--United States--Psychological aspects
Mass media and culture
Mass media and culture--United States
Mass media--Audiences
Mass media--Influence
Mass media--Psychological aspects
Mass media--Social aspects
Mass media--Social aspects--United States
Mass media--United States
Mass media--United States--Psychological aspects

Motion pictures--Psychological aspects
Motion pictures--Social aspects
Motion pictures--United States--History
Motion pictures--United States--History--20th century
Motion pictures--United States--History and criticism
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Science fiction films
Science fiction films--History and criticism
Fantasy films--History and criticism
Superhero films--History and criticism
Horror films--History and criticism
Horror films--United States--History and criticism
Vampire films--History and criticism
Werewolves in motion pictures
Zombie films--History and criticism
Cult films
Cult films--History and criticism
Motion picture audiences
Motion picture audiences--Psychology

Television--Psychological aspects
Television--Social aspects
Television broadcasting--Social aspects--United States
Television programs--Social aspects
Television programs--Social aspects--United States
Reality television programs--Social aspects
Science fiction television programs--History and criticism
Science fiction television programs--United States
Science fiction television programs--United States--History and criticism
Fantasy television programs--History and criticism
Horror television programs--History and criticism
Television viewers
Television viewers--Attitudes
Television viewers--Psychology
Television viewers--United States
Television viewers--United States--Attitudes
Television viewers--United States--Psychology

Science fiction
Science fiction--History and criticism
Science fiction, American--History and criticism
Science fiction--Authorship
Science fiction, English--History and criticism
Fantastic literature--History and criticism
Fantasy fiction, American--History and criticism
Fantasy fiction--History and criticism
Fantasy fiction, English--History and criticism
Horror tales, American--History and criticism
Horror tales, English--History and criticism
Comic books, strips, etc.--History and criticism
Graphic novels--History and criticism
Superheroes in literature

Young adult fiction
Young adult fiction, American--History and criticism
Rowling, J. K.--Criticism and interpretation
Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- Twilight saga series
Collins, Suzanne--Criticism and interpretation

Electronic games industry
Electronic games--Social aspects
Computer games--Psychological aspects
Computer games--Social aspects
Video games--Psychological aspects
Video games--Social aspects
Halo 2 (Game)
Second Life (Game)
World of Warcraft
Internet games

Virtual reality--Social aspects
Cyberspace--Social aspects
Shared virtual environments
Internet--Social aspects
Internet--Psychological aspects
Online social networks
Online social networks--Social aspects
Online social networks--United States
Blogs--Social aspects

Sports--Social aspects
Sports--Social aspects--United States
Sports--Sociological aspects
Sports spectators--United States
Sports spectators--Psychology
Sports spectators--Social conditions

Specific characters, character types, tv shows, and movies may be Subject Headings:

Doctor Who (Fictitious character)
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Fictitious character)
Star Trek television programs
Lost (Television program)
Buffy, the vampire slayer (Television program)
Game of thrones (Television program)
Star Wars films--History and criticism
Star Wars films--Moral and ethical aspects
Star Trek films
Star Trek films--History and criticism
Matrix (Motion picture)
Twilight (Motion picture : 2008)

IC Library Databases (Articles)

Recommended Databases

     General OneFile : is the most user-friendly of our comprehensive databases, covering almost any topic from a wide range of disciplinary angles and offering lots of full text.  Use the default Subject search to find the best subject heading for your topic (and when you find a good one be sure to look at the "Related Subjects" to see if there's something even better). Among the Subjects available are Fans (persons), Music fans, Sports spectators, Celebrities, Televison personalities, and Fame.
     When you settle on a subject heading, open the "Subdivisions" link below it.  Most General OneFile subject searchs produce very large retrievals and the "subdivisions" help you narrow your search to a particular aspect: "Ethical aspects," "Forecasts and Trends," "History," "Political aspects," "Psychological aspects,"  and "Social aspects,"  to name only a few.
      If the best available subdivision is still too broad, open it and add your own Keywords in the "Search within these results" slot at the upper left.
     User Advisory: When first viewing your retrievals in General OneFile, note that you are seeing only the "Magazines" (popular articles) and must click on the tabs for "Academic Journals" (scholarly articles) or "News" (newspaper articles) to see those results

      Academic Search Premier
SocINDEX with Full TextComprehensive subject coverage with considerable full text.  Note that there is a “Subject Terms” link just above the search boxes, allowing you to search the index of Subject Headings--often a good first stop for more efficient Subject searching whereby you are guaranteed that your topic is indeed a main subject of the articles retrieved. Among the Subject terms available here are Fans (persons), Comic book fans, Motion Picture fans, Music fans, Science fiction fans, Fan magazines, Fan fiction, Fan conventions, Celebrities, and Fame.
     A good initial strategy in this database is to search a likely topic in the Subject Terms and when you find it “explode” the term by double clicking it--this brings up a list of related Subject terms.  You can check as many terms as you like before "adding" them to your search by AND-ing or OR-ing them together.
     User Advisory: For any retrieved set of articles, there will be a box displayed on the left that will limit the articles to “Scholarly” journals—just check the box and click the “Update Results” button below.

     ProQuest Research Library  is another comprehensive database with substantial full text.  Use the "Thesaurus" (above the search slots) to preview what Subject Headings are available. Among the Subjects available here are Celebrities, Popular Culture, Mass media, Sports fans, and Entertainment industry
     Note that to the right of your search results you can limit your retrieval by "Source Type" (including Magazines, Newspapers, Scholarly Journals), "Document Type," (including Cover Story, Editorial, or Interview), and "Location."
     Above each set of articles you retrieve ProQuest will display related Subject searches to help either broaden or narrow your focus.

    PsycINFOThe American Psychological Association use their own Subject vocabulary (called "Descriptors"), so a visit to the "Thesaurus" above the search slots is usually a good idea. Among the Descriptors available here are Fame, Celebrities, Fantasy, Audiences, Sports spectators, and Popular culture. 
     PsycINFO deals only with scholarly literature, much of it assuming a graduate-level understanding of the discipline.  But among these you may find interesting, accessible articles on your topic.  
     User Advisory: If what you're searching for are "journals" in "English," it's a good idea to check those boxes below the search slots. 
      JSTOR : covers a wide range of scholarly journals in most disciiplines, always beginning with the first issue of each one.  This provides 100% full text access to articles from not only the first half of the 20th century but even the second half of the 19th.  Be aware, however, that at the other end of the date range articles don't appear in JSTOR until at least 1-2 years after publication. 
     JSTOR offers only a Keyword search of its complete full text, so retrievals are large, but the relevancy ranking does a good job of putting the strongest matches on the first few pages.  This relevancy ranking does not weigh date, however, and will display a mix of articles written decades apart.  So if your topic is time sensitive, be alert to publication dates.
     User Advisory: The academic journals covered here feature numerous book reviews, so it's a good idea to tic the "Article" limit below the search slots so you won't be overwhelmed by book reviews on your topic.  

     Project Muse : provides 100% full text of mostly scholarly journals, but its coverage is entirely current--mainly spanning the only last 10-15 years.  Muse uses a "black box" search approach--you enter your search terms in one slot with no designated field options.  This broad approach to searching tends to generate large retrievals, so it's best to be as specific as possible.  And note--once you have a retrieval set, you can add more search terms by clicking "Modify Search" at the top.

   Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)  Law Reviews: Offering a keyword search of 100% full text law reviews (publishers of scholarly articles on legal issues), this is an easy database to use poorly and a bit tricky to use well. In order not to be overwhelmed by articles in which your search terms are mentioned in passing but are not the prime focus, use the atleast command to target articles in which your topic words are required to appear at least a certain number of times. For example, atleast5(celebrities and privacy) or atleast5(celebrities and fans) will retrieve only the articles in which those terms are used repeatedly. Note: the term or terms to which you want this command to apply must be put in parentheses with no space between the number you choose and the first parenthesis.

CQ Researcher : see this 2012 issue on Celebrity Advocacy: Do Stars Influence Issues, Politics?

Where's the Full Text for this Article??

     Few databases offer 100% full text.  Most retrieve a mix of full text articles and article "citations"--article title, author(s), publication info, and usually an "abstract" or one-prargraph summary of the content.  When a citation makes you want the full text, look below it for this icon: 
     Clicking "GETIT" checks (almost all) the IC Library's other databases to see if any offers the full text of the article--or if the Library has a print subscription to the journal in which the article appeared. 
  • "GETIT" will usually find the full text in another database and open it in a new window.  
  • If none of our databases can access the full text but we have a print subsciption to the journal, "GETIT" will retrieve the Library catalog record for the journal so that you can see if the date of the article falls within the date range we have on hand.
  • If full text is not available from any database or from a print subsciption, "GETIT" will provide a link to the IC Library's Interlibrary Loan.  Log in (same as your IC e-mail)--and set up your account if you've never used it before.  "GETIT" will have populated the article request form with all the necessary information and you simply submit the request elecrtonically.  Most articles are supplied as digital files and will be sent to you via e-mail when they arrive.

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Web Resources

Selected Web Sites

  • Popular Culture: Resources for Critical Analysis: An excellent gateway to critical readings of movies, television, music, and cyberculture.
  • PopMatters: A wide range of pop culture news and commentary.
  • In Media Res: A forum for a wide range of pop culture commentary.  This links you to the "Recent Posts" page, from the bottom of which you can page backwards.  Or use the site search slot at the top right.
  •  Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide: They claim 6,000 links--though some sections of this haven't been updated for 10 years.  Use those small red boxes to navigate--and note in particular "Timeline."
  • SF Site: A great deal of content here, so explore.  Be sure not to overlook the Link SitesTopical lists, or Author & Fan Websites
  • Center for the Study of Science Fiction: Based at the university of Kansas, this is an excellent gateway to Web resources.  In particular, scroll down to "SF Teaching and Scholarly Resources."

Citation Help

MLA Citation

MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. Here is my guide to the latest (2016) update of the MLA style.

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