Monday, September 26, 2011

Pop culture on research

There's a discussion unfolding right now on one of the email discussion lists I follow. Someone asked for pop culture references to research, and people are coming up with quite a lot.

Book-Bella's research skills are vastly inferior to those of Movie-Bella, as explained in one fun blog post. (Bella's information literacy is possibly all that improved in the transition to film!)

Here's a paper about the information-seeking behavior of characters in The Big Lebowski.

Other researching heroes (I haven't seen most of these, but I'm sure Adam has!):

  • Lots of library research in Harry Potter (just how many times did they sneak into the Forbidden Section?)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a classic example often mentioned in libraryland
  • Supernatural is another show that frequently features research
  • The movie Seven (though apparently Morgan Freeman violates patron privacy by going into circulation records...)
  • Veronica Mars had a loose respect for the privacy of certain records, too, but she also used newspapers and subscription databases
  • Someone uses microfilm in The Ring!
  • ER characters frequently mention MEDLINE searches
Any others? 


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