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Television Genres

This research guide points to resources on different genres shown on Television.

In the Library's collections

Did you watch The Edge of Night or The Secret Storm on CBS like I did? Or perhaps you were a Ryan's Hope or General Hospital fan? Or maybe you preferred the night-time soaps like Falcon Crest, Dynasty or the The O.C.? This is the page for you!

To find books and other resources about soap operas, you can use the subject heading "television soap operas". However, you might be better off using keyword terms such as "telenovelas." The subject headings for "soaps" are all over the place!

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding articles & journals

Articles and other writings about soap operas can be found in many publications. Our collection does not include a magazine or journal title which looks exclusively at television soap operas. You can use Film & Television Literature Index or Summon to find articles.


Dartmouth Users: Using Summon from off-campus? You'll need VPN for access to full-text.

Selected soap titles

Find more soap titles in the collections.