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Research Methods in American Culture

Spring 2013

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-468; 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.

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

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

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

ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1934 to present)
Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.

Communications and Mass Media Collection (Gale)
Journals on advertising, public relations, writing, and other aspects of communications.

EconLit with Full Text (1969 to present)
From the American Economic Association -- the foremost source of references to economic literature.

Education Journals (ProQuest) (1988 to present)
Coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.

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

Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
Index of scholarly and popular journals in film and television from over 30 countries.

GenderWatch (1970 to present)
Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

GreenFILE
Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

HeinOnline
Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)

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

Massachusetts History Online
Full-text articles from almost 50 sources on Massachusetts history.

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

Music Index Online (1974 to present)

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.

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

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

Reference

Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.

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

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Extensive collection of critical essays and biographical information on contemporary authors.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.

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.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

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.

Oxford Reference Online

Media

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

Amherst College Digital Collections

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

Database of Recorded American Music
Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.

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

Data/Statistics

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

Social Explorer
Easy access to demographic information about the United States from 1790 to the present

FedStats

Online subject and geographic index to the statistics pages of US Federal Agencies

 

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 

 Here is a link to the slide presentation from 2/20/2013 about census and data sources.

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.

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

Early American Imprints, Series I (1639-1800)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans.

Early American Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.

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.


Newspapers

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.

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

Newsstand (ProQuest)
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.

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

Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present)
Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers, Series I and II (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Chronicling America (1860-1922)
Search or browse hundreds of newspapers through the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program. Includes descriptions of papers, and images are downloadable.