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Superheroes: Research Resources

Scholarly Encylopedias

A scholarly encyclopedia is great first source to use when researching a topic.


The Library has both print and e-encyclopedias.

Databases which contain e-encyclopedias include:

Example encyclopedias:


 Use the Library SEARCH to find books on your topic.

Suggested search terms

  • SuperheroesBooks
  • Heroes
  • Heroism
  • Batman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice
  • Vigilantism
  • Heroes in mass media
  • Cartoons
  • Comic books
  • Role models
  • Manhood
  • Femininity
  • Bullying
  • Violence in mass media

Example book from the SCC Collection:

Article Databases

Search these selected databases to find periodical articles in magazines, newspapers, & scholarly journals:Databases

Example article search:  

superheroes  AND  evil

superheroes  AND  vigilant* 

superheroes  AND  "role models" 

superheroes  AND  "gender roles"

superheroes  AND  "black panther"