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ENGL 101- Bento - Cancel Culture: Home

Get started on research for your paper on "Is cancel culture a danger to American society?"


Start Here!

The best place to start reading about your topic is to find the articles on cancel culture that are already assigned for this course in weeks 3 and 4.

This prompt has two parts--you'll need to think about both "what is cancel culture?" and "what is American society?" How do they intersect?

Begin with encyclopedias and websites

Read background information online

 As defined for this course, "cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive." There are some good overviews of cancel culture on credible websites. Some recommendations are below:

Develop search words

image of a checklist"Cancel Culture" is a fairly new term that isn't used widely used in library databases. Instead, use Gale eBooks to read about related terms such as:

  • shaming
  • free speech
  • censorship
  • political correctness
  • doxing or doxxing
  • scapegoating

In the larger databases (Gale Databases and EBSCOhost as well as Google and Google Scholar), you can find many articles using the search term "cancel culture." You can also combine terms (using quotation marks to keep phrases together) to narrow your search, or use other more specific terms for particular types of cancelling:

  • "free speech" social media
  • "cancel culture"
  • deplatforming

Read background information in encyclopedias from library databases

Normally, one of the best places to start a research project is with overview articles from specialized encyclopedias. That's what is in the Gale eBooks database.

Click on the Gale eBooks link below, and try searches using the search words listed in the box above.

Other good sources for background information are the databases below:

Narrowing Your Topic

After you have done some background thinking and reading on cancel culture and American society, consider narrowing your focus. Is there a particular instance of cancelling you want to investigate? What aspect of American culture do you want to consider? Some possibilites include:

  • Me Too movement
  • Deplatforming of politicians
  • boycotting brands or companies
  • Politicians or celebrities who appeared in blackface
  • Confederate monuments
  • Renaming sports teams or schools

Research questions

Find focused and/or scholarly information in library databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

Search using the Search Words listed in this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.

The databases linked to below are good for general articles as well as Scholarly articles--see the videos in the box below!

How to find scholarly sources in library databases

Use the videos below to see how easy it is to find academic journal articles in two of our most used databases.

Use EBSCOhost Databases to Find Academic Journal Articles


Searching for Academic Articles in Gale Databases

Using books

Use books to read both broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic.

Search for books in the library catalog using the search words you created, or click on the links provided in the Recommended Books boxes below.

Recommended books @ MJC Library

Films from MJC streaming video databases

Related research guides

Use these MJC Library Research Guides to find more sources and learn important research skills:

How to get more help from the library

Overview of the L&LC Website

Using Library Databases

How to Find eBooks in the Library Catalog

How to Work with a Librarian

Chat With A Librarian

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Meet with a Librarian

There are two ways librarians can help you personally with your research.

  • Drop-in Research Help: You don't need to make an appointment to meet with a librarian. Just walk into the Library & Learning Center on either East or West campus during our regular hours and a librarian will be at the Research Help desk to work with you.
  • Online Research Appointments: Back by popular demand, we are also offering 30-minute online research appointments. To schedule an appointment, click on the button below. You can also choose to work with a particular librarian or just choose any one of us who is available at the time you need. Once you schedule your appointment, your librarian will contact you with your meeting information.


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