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Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of the topic and identify the current issues, approaches, and scholarship relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your research on a particular aspect of a topic.
- Encyclopedia of American Studies.
- Sponsored by the American Studies Association, the Encyclopedia has some 650 signed, scholarly articles with bibliographies on topics, problems, themes and issues relating to the American experience.
- Danbury, CT., Grolier Educational, 2001. 4 volumes. List of Entries Available?
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
- Tom and Sara Pendergast, editors. Detroit, MI, St. James Press, 2000. 5 vols.
- 2700 signed entries with bibliographies on all aspects of 20th century U.S. popular culture. Rutgers-restricted Access
- Dana Call Number: Ref. E169.1 .S764 2000
- Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture
- Jessie Carney Smith, editor. Santa Barbara, Calif., Greenwood, 2011. 4 vols.
- Over 600 signed entries on all aspects of African American popular culture ranging from "Aunt Jemima" to "Civil Rights" to "Zydeco Music." Entries include brief bibliographies. Appendix includes list of African American films and radio and television programs. Rutgers-restricted Access
- LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
- New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 3 vols. Rutgers-restricted Access
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