Rethinking Pocahontas: An Introduction to Native American Studies

Fall 2013

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-240; Kiara M. Vigil (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kelly, Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


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Discovery tools

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.

ProQuest Search Platform
An aggregated search of all 21 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in Discover).

Google Scholar

Class presentation

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

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

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

Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.

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

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

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

Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.


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

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

Encyclopedia Britannica Online 
Standard general encyclopedia.

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.

Historical Statistics of the United States 
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series. See the overview essay on American Indians for links to relevant data tables.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the U.S.

Johansen, Bruce E., ed. The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal TraditionWestport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Davies, Wade, and Richmond L. Clow, eds. American Indian Sovereignty and Law: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

King, C. Richard, ed. Native Americans in Sports. Armonk, N.Y: Sharpe Reference, 2004.

Whitson, Kathy J. Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 1999.

Wiget, Andrew, ed. Dictionary of Native American Literature. New York: Garland, 1994.

Primary Sources

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

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.

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

Native American Records in the National Archives

Library of Congress American Memory

Historical newspapers

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).

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

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. 

Current 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.

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

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

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