CSCR 25000 Hip-Hop Cultures

Introductory note

Because of the nature of hip hop culture, there will be a variety of different kinds of sources available. Some will be from the popular press; many from alternative sources; and others from scholarly or academic journals. You will need to examine sources that primarily consider its culture as well as those that focus on the music. Keep in mind as you do your research that hip hop was long ignored by the mainstream media and scholarship. Although terms such as hip hop and rap music will be found, other terms associated with the culture may be more elusive, such as b-boys and mc'ing.

Periodical Databases

These are just a few databases out of many available to Ithaca College students to help you locate peridiocal articles and get started on the research for your project.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    An index to newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native Americans, with full-text of the articles.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    The major indexing and abstracting tool for finding scholarly articles in sociology and cultural issues.
  • Diversity Studies Collection
    Covers a diversity of diversity topics related to social science, history and liberal arts. This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text
    A comprehensive index to publications on music from all over the world. Its emphasis is on music history and theory, especially classical music, but other types and genres of music are explored.
  • Academic Search Premier
    One of several general and multidisciplinary periodical databases, especially good for current events and articles related to contemporary life.
    Among the disciplines covered in the database are African American Studies and Music..
  • Alternative Press Index
    This is a database that indexes articles from periodicals you won't find in other sources. Unfortunately, this is an indexing service, rather than a full text database, and  many of the articles won't be immediately or quickly available.


Hip Hop Websites, Some Oriented to Research.

Rap & Hip-Hop Documentary Films

Hip-hop and Rap in Feature Films