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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for research topics related to amusement parks.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.

Amusement Park


"a commercially operated park having various devices for entertainment (such as a merry-go-round and roller coaster) and usually booths for the sale of food and drink"

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Amusement park. In dictionary.

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words

"Amusement Park"

"Theme Park"

"Busch Gardens" 


Disney World



"Knott's Berry Farm"



"Six Flags"

"Universal Studios"

Putting a phrase in quotes keeps those words together when searching. To find more results, try combining terms with OR, for example:

LegoLand OR "Universal Studios" OR "Busch Gardens" 

To compare the nuances between terminology, try searching just one term/phrase and then another, for example:

How are the results different if "amusement park" is searched compared to if "theme park" is searched? 

Experiment with removing the quotes, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases. 


Recommended Databases

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