American Studies Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GenderWatch (1970 to present)
    Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
    Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.
    Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • 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.
  • Environment Complete
    A full-text database covering environmental studies, ecology, energy, urban planning, and affiliated areas of study.
  • 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.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Try these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the News Research Guide or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • 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.
  • America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
    Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).
  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
  • Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980)
    Full-text collection of Spanish-language and bilingual newspapers printed across the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • 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.
  • Television News Archive (1968 to present)
    Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News.
  • 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.
Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • 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.
  • Congressional Publications
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
  • 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.
  • American Slavery Collection (1820-1922)
    This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society's holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years.
  • 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.
  • ArchiveGrid
    Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.
Locate data and statistical resources for research in this discipline.
  • Social Explorer (1790 to present)
    Access to data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, religious congregations, and other sources, with options to create thematic and interactive maps and reports.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)
    Provides statistical tables and charts covering various aspects of social, political and economic conditions of the United States.
  • 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.
  • iPOLL
    Database contains survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 70+ years by more than 150 survey organizations. Create a personal registration for access to full features.
  • Roper Express
    Archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. Create a personal registration to access datasets and full features.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide).
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
  • Folkstreams
    Documentary films about American roots cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking.
  • American Song
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • 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.

Bending the future Frost Library; E159 .B415 2016

Republic of Taste : Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America (Kelly, Catherine E., author.) Frost Library; E164 .K45 2016

What they saw in America : Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb (Nolan, James L., Jr. author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .N725 2016

Japanamerica : how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S. (Kelts, Roland.) Frost Library; E169.12 .K46 2007

American treasures (Puleo, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; E173 .P96 2016

Curating America : journeys through storyscapes of the American past (Rabinowitz, Richard, author.) Frost Library; E175.9 .R33 2016

Interpreting naval history at museums and historic sites (Hruska, Benjamin J., author.) Frost Library; E182 .H89 2016

The politicians & the egalitarians : the hidden history of American politics (Wilentz, Sean, author.) Frost Library; E183 .W547 2016

Handbook of US-China relations Frost Library; E183.8.C5 H36 2016

Land without ghosts Frost Library; E183.8.C6 L36 1993

A new chapter in US-Cuba relations : social, political, and economic implications Frost Library; E183.8.C9 N49 2016

The US-Iran relationship : the impact of political identity on foreign policy (Kinch, Penelope, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I55 K44 2016

Obama and Kenya : contested histories and the politics of belonging (Carotenuto, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.K4 C37 2016

Precarious paths to freedom : the United States, Venezuela, and the Latin American Cold War (Miller, Aragorn Storm, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.V3 M55 2016

We gon' be alright : notes on race and resegregation (Chang, Jeff, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C4424 2016

The melancholy of race (Cheng, Anne Anlin.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C4455 2001

Obama on our minds : the impact of Obama on the psyche of America Frost Library; E184.A1 O1895 2016

Multiracialism and its discontents (Strmic-Pawl, Hephzibah Virginia, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S89 2016

Two faces of exclusion : the untold history of anti-Asian racism in the United States (Kurashige, Lon, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 K87 2016

Interpreters of occupation : gender and the politics of belonging in an Iraqi refugee network (Campbell, Madeline Otis, author.) Frost Library; E184.I55 C36 2016

Enfolding silence : the transformation of Japanese American religion and art under oppression (Esaki, Brett J., author.) Frost Library; E184.J3 E83 2016

Japanese American ethnicity : in search of heritage and homeland across generations (Tsuda, Takeyuki, author.) Frost Library; E184.J3 T7873 2016

Youth, identity, power : the Chicano movement (Muñoz, Carlos, 1939-) Frost Library; E184.M5 M85 2007

Exiled home : Salvadoran transnational youth in the aftermath of violence (Coutin, Susan Bibler, author.) Frost Library; E184.S15 C688 2016

The Salvador option : the United States in El Salvador, 1977-1992 (Crandall, Russell, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; E184.S15 C73 2016

The Latino Frost Library; E184.S75 L3548 2016

The Latino encyclopedia Frost Library; E184.S75 L357 1996

The Routledge companion to Latina Frost Library; E184.S75 R75 2016

Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America Frost Library; E185 .D66 2016 x

Colonial America in an Atlantic world : from colonies to revolution (Breen, T. H., author.) Frost Library; E188 .B79 2017

Atlantic politics, military strategy and the French and Indian War (Hall, Richard.) Frost Library; E199 .H35 2016

American revolutions : a continental history, 1750-1804 (Taylor, Alan, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; E208 .T36 2016

From empire to humanity : the American Revolution and the origins of humanitarianism (Moniz, Amanda B., author.) Frost Library; E209 .M65 2016

George Washington's secret spy war : the making of America's first spymaster (Nagy, John A., author.) Frost Library; E279 .N339 2016

Papers (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.) Frost Library; E302 .J463 1950

Patrick Henry : proclaiming a revolution (Ragosta, John A., author.) Frost Library; E302.6.H5 R65 2017

The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (Ellis, Joseph J.) Frost Library; E303 .E43 2015

Contested conventions : the struggle to establish the constitution and save the union, 1787-1789 (Yazawa, Melvin, author.) Frost Library; E303 .Y39 2016

George and Martha Washington : a revolutionary marriage (Fraser, Flora, author.) Frost Library; E312.19 .F737 2015

The Washingtons : George and Martha, "join'd by friendship, crown'd by love" (Fraser, Flora.) Frost Library; E312.19 .F85 2015

The one-party presidential contest : Adams, Jackson, and 1824's five-horse race (Ratcliffe, Donald J. (Donald John), 1942-) Frost Library; E375 .R38 2015

Slavery's capitalism : a new history of American economic development Frost Library; E441 .S648 2016

Understanding and teaching American slavery Frost Library; E441 .U45 2016

New England bound : slavery and colonization in early America (Warren, Wendy (Professor of history) author.) Frost Library; E446 .W26 2016

Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War (Manning, Chandra, author.) Frost Library; E453 .M24 2016

Rethinking American Emancipation : Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom Frost Library; E453 .R44 2016

Lincoln and Shakespeare (Anderegg, Michael A.) Frost Library; E457.2 .A543 2015

The Custer reader Frost Library; E467.1.C99 C85 1993

The Immortal Irishman : the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero (Egan, Timothy, author.) Frost Library; E467.1.M4 E34 2016

The Civil War Frost Library; E468 .C5

Laying claim : African American cultural memory and southern identity (Davis, Patricia G. (Patricia Gail), 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .D2829 2016

Food and agriculture during the Civil War (Hurt, R. Douglas, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .H87 2016

Extreme Civil War : guerrilla warfare, environment, and race on the trans-Mississippi frontier (Stith, Matthew M., author.) Frost Library; E470.45 .S75 2016

The Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War (LaBarre, Steven M., 1976-, author.) Frost Library; E513.6 5th .L33 2016

Indians of the Americas : the long hope (Collier, John, 1884-1968.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .C6 1947

Heroines of Mercy Street : the real nurses of the Civil War (Toler, Pamela D., author.) Frost Library; E621 .T65 2016

McKinley, murder and the Pan-American Exposition (Pickenpaugh, Roger, author.) Frost Library; E711.9 .P53 2016

These United States : a nation in the making, 1890 to the present (Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth, author.) Frost Library; E741 .G56 2015

Spider web : the birth of American anticommunism (Fischer, Nick, author.) Frost Library; E743.5 .F476 2016

Douglas MacArthur : American warrior (Herman, Arthur, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E745.M3 H47 2016

Theodore the great : conservative crusader (Ruddy, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; E757 .R937 2016

Issues for the future of American Indian studies : a needs assessment and program guide (Heth, Charlotte.) Archives and Special Collections; E76.6 .H45 1984

Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story : Teaching American Indian Rhetorics Frost Library; E76.6 .S87 2015

"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans (Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E76.8 .D85 2016

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States (Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-) Frost Library; E76.8 .D86 2014

Let the people rule : Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary (Cowan, Geoffrey, author.) Frost Library; E765 .C69 2016

Woodrow Wilson : ruling elder, spiritual president (Hankins, Barry, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E767.1 .H36 2016

Of Earth and elders : visions and voices from Native America (Chapman, Serle.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .C42 1998

The American Indian story (McNeer, May, 1902-1994.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .M175 1963

The Native Americans : the indigenous people of North America Archives and Special Collections; E77 .N34 1996

Indians (Tunis, Edwin, 1897-1973.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .T93 1959 x

Before the storm : American Indians before the Europeans (Lassieur, Allison.) Archives and Special Collections; E77.4 .L37 1998

Bone courts : the rights and narrative representation of tribal bones (Vizenor, Gerald Robert, 1934-, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E77.9 .V59 1986

California through Native eyes : reclaiming history (Bauer, William J., Jr. author.) Frost Library; E78.C15 B3225 2016

First Coastal Californians Frost Library; E78.C15 F55 2015

Native peoples and cultures of Canada : an anthropological overview (McMillan, Alan D. (Alan Daniel), 1945-) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 M36 1988

We have not vanished : eastern Indians of the United States (Tamarin, Alfred H.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.E2 T35 1974

Firsting and lasting : writing Indians out of existence in New England (O'Brien, Jean M., author.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N5 O35 2010

A guide to the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest (Ruby, Robert H.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N77 R79 1992

Indians of the Pacific Northwest (Underhill, Ruth, 1883-1984.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N77 U47 1960

People of the totem : the Indians of the Pacific Northwest (Bancroft-Hunt, Norman.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 B36 1988 x

The sea lion : a story of the sea cliff people (Kesey, Ken.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 K47 1991

Echoes of the elders : the stories and paintings of Chief Lelooska (Lelooska, 1933-1996.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 L443 1997 x

Sacred encounters : Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain west (Peterson, Jacqueline, 1943-) Archives and Special Collections; E78.R63 P47 1993 x

Herbert Hoover and the commodification of middle-class America : an American promise (Agran, Edward Gale, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E802 .A65 2016

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt (Lelyveld, Joseph, author.) Frost Library; E807 .L37 2016

The year of indecision, 1946 : a tour through the crucible of Harry Truman's America (Weisbrode, Kenneth, author.) Frost Library; E814 .W45 2016

"Hang them all" : George Wright and the Plateau Indian War (Cutler, Donald L., 1954- author.) Frost Library; E83.84 .C87 2016

Month of the freezing moon : the Sand Creek Massacre, November 1864 (Schultz, Duane P.) Archives and Special Collections; E83.863 .S38 1991

On the border with Crook (Bourke, John Gregory, 1846-1896.) Archives and Special Collections; E83.866 .B78 1971

The military conquest of the prairie : Native American resistance, evasion and survival, 1865-1890 (Petersen, Tore T., 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E83.866 .P48 2016

Liking Ike : Eisenhower, advertising, and the rise of celebrity politics (Blake, David Haven, author.) Frost Library; E835 .B53 2016

The long sixties : America, 1955-1973 (Strain, Christopher B., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E839 .S83 2017

Culture war : how the '90s made us who we are today (whether we like it or not) (Davidson, Telly R., author.) Frost Library; E839.5 .D38 2016

Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon (Tye, Larry, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 T94 2016

March. Book one (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2013

March. Book two (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2015

March. Book three (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2016

The long game : a memoir (McConnell, Mitch, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.M3325 A3 2016

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth (Byrne, Paula, author.) Frost Library; E843.K45 B96 2016