Zines are small-format, low-budget, DIY, self-published booklets that anyone can make about anything for any reason. Stephen Duncombe, author of the zine text Notes from the Underground, describes zines as: “noncommercial, nonprofessional, small circulation magazines which their creators produce, publish, and distribute by themselves” (10-11). Generally informative, many zines celebrate niche interests, foreground personal narratives, and/or argue for a particular political or social position.
The Collins Library Zine Collection contains approximately 500 zines on a variety of topics, which are housed in the Archives & Special Collections on the 2nd Floor of Collins Library. The zines in our collection vary widely in style and content and cover a wide breadth of topics, including zines on national and local issues, politics, personal narratives, intersectional identities, activism and social justice, mini comics, and much more!
Learn more about zines and our zine collection on our collection guide.
For your digital storytelling and presentation assignment, your professor and librarian have identified a selection of zines related the themes of the course. Select one zine to analyze for your project.
Zines will be available during Prof. MacBain's office hours or by appointment.
All zines are protected by copyright unless they contain an anti-copyright statement. Like any other resource used in scholarship, zines should be cited. Use the information on this page or the guide for Citation Tools to get started.
Here are some tips for formatting your citations using MLA Style:
Last name, First M. or Organization. Zine Title. Publisher, Year.
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