Around the World in 80 Minutes

"Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world."
Matthew Arnold

Have you ever wondered what the Norwegian flag symbolizes? What dating and marriage trends are in Thailand? What religions are practiced in Nigeria? All of these questions and more can be answered with CultureGrams. This resource collects facts, statistics, and trends from vast array of cultures. The World Edition has over 200 countries you can investigate. Or, if you prefer to remain local, the States Edition examines the history and culture of each of our 50 states.

If you prefer traversing the world through the lens of documentaries or academic videos, then The Great Courses has you covered. Learn from experts and professors how culture has shaped everything from our history to our hobbies. Although this resource covers a variety of topics, we'd like to draw your attention to their videos about History, Hobbies, Literature, Lifestyle, and Religion. These topics are brimming with insights about cultural trends. 

Another great way to explore culture is with music. Throughout human history, music has been an important form of expression and identity. The Music Online: Contemporary World Music collection provides unlimited streaming of songs from every continent. You can easily browse for music by location, period, genre, the type of instruments used, and more. 

Delve into even more online resources from our Arts & Culture page. You can access all of this and more online 24/7 with your Santa Clara County Library card. Apply for one today!