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REL 200 - Religion in Popular Culture (Sabia-Tanis): Getting Ideas

Where to explore topics and get background info

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Four steps

1. Combine two concepts for your search

  • Choose one option from each box
  • Think up your own terms.
  • Enclose phrases in "quotation marks."

Example: Christianity vampires

Example: Islam "action movies"

Example: "medicine man" westerns

2. Filter your results

by Format

  • Scholarly journals
  • Magazines

by Publication Date

3. Review the results and skim the text

  • Read the abstract
  • Open the article, if it looks good.

4. Email the article to yourself, with an MLA citation



Concept 1


  • As a whole
  • A religion
  • A religious subgroup
  • A religious practice
  • A religious belief
  • A religious concept
  • A god or divinity
  • A religious writing
  • A religious event
  • A religious celebration

Concept 2

Popular culture

  • As a whole
  • Mass culture
  • Mass media
  • Mass entertainment
  • Entertainment medium
  • Enertainment genre
  • Popular belief, practice, concept
  • Specific examples of any of these