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Comics and Graphic Novels: Finding
Articles

A guide to Cornell University Library research materials on graphic novels, comic books, and comic strips.

Selected Article Databases

Scholarly and substantive articles on comics and graphic novels have been appearing in academic journals with increasing frequency since the early 1990s. While there is no database exclusively devoted to indexing secondary work these genres, the sources listed below include articles published in academic journals centered on literary, visual, and cultural studies. See the box to the right for links to journals dedicated to comics research.

The Library provides networked access to many more secondary source databases -- indexes and full-text -- than can be listed here.  Discipline-specific resources such as PsycInfo and Sociological Abstracts, for example, would be useful to those exploring the psychological or sociological dimensions of comics. A full list of databases, arranged by subject category, may be found in Databases.


Academic Journals

The Library subscribes to several academic journals focusing on comics and graphic novels. Here is a selection of currently received titles to which we have online access:

Comicalités
European Comic Art
Image & Narrative
Imagetext: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
International Journal of Comic Art
Journal of Popular Culture
Mechademia
Studies in Comics

Be sure to check the Libray Catalog for specific journal titles.

Secondary Bibliographies