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Research Methods in American Culture

Spring 2012

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-468  |  English, as ENGL-470; Robert T. Hayashi (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Gretchen L. Gano, Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Data
  • Primary Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Arts & Humanities Full Text
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Times of India, and Washington Post.

JSTOR
Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

OpinionArchives
Searchable full-text archives for 17 periodicals (Harper's, Commonweal, Dissent, the New Yorker, the National Review, and more) known for commentaries and reviews on politics, culture, and the arts.

Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.

ProQuest Search Platform

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.

Reference

Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Chicago Manual of Style

American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Media

American Song
Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.

ARTstor
Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

Data/Statistics

Anything Research
Market research and industry trends.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.

U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder
Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data for places in the United States

Forbes report on American Migration
Map from IRS data at county level for moves within the U.S. 2005-2009

Urban Institute
Research reports and data on American fiscal and social problems 

Social Explorer
Easy access to demographic information about the United States from 1790 to the present. To get started, select "Maps" or "Reports", or check out the FAQ page with an entry on "how do I cite information from social explorer"

 

 

Primary Sources

American State Papers (1789-1838)
Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

Ancestry Library
Access to more than 1.2 billion names, primary source documents, census records, and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.

ArchiveGrid
Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids