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Television and American Culture: Home

A research guide for Mr. Cochran's and Mr. Smith's Gov and US history classes

Television and American Culture

Search tips

Square Pegs

Suggested keywords:

enter: "Square Pegs" television 

More tips:

  • Use Proquest Historical Newspapers. You won't find anything in Mass Media and Communications, the show is too old. 
  • Reading the articles can be tricky. You're reading a PDF of the actual newspaper. Articles were printed partly on one page and continued on other pages. You must page through to read the entire article. You can't copy and paste, either. 

3rd Rock from the Sun

Suggested keywords:

Use "3rd rock from the sun" NOT "third rock from the sun"

Search tips:

  • Select document type: article
  • Select date range: 1990-2005

The Ellen Show

Suggested keywords:

"the ellen show"

Search tips:

This is super complicated to search because there are so many shows with the same or similar name. The best way to find articles about the show you watched is to filter your search for the years 2000-2002.

Modern Family

Suggested keywords:

"modern family"

Search tips:

Filter your search for years 2010-2020.

Recommended databases

Gale General OneFile

Communications and Mass Media Collection

Recommended database

Proquest Historical Newspapers

only database for Square Pegs

How to use Proquest Historical Newspapers

Use the "limiters" in the left hand column to choose:

  • a date range or a specific date
  • a specific type of article ("article" is the best for this assignment)

Use the tools on the upper right hand side to

  • create a citation
  • download an article
  • email an article

Reading the articles can be tricky. Some articles are transcribed into type, but sometimes your only option is to read a PDF of the actual newspaper. Articles were printed partly on one page and continued on other pages. You must page through to read the entire article. 

eBooks

Has a collection of ebooks about the decades. The titles are "The 50s," "The 60s," and so on.

Enter your search terms (example: "American family") for articles on your topic.