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.
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
    Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • Social Science Premium Collection (ProQuest)
    Aggregated search for ProQuest’s specialist index and full-text social sciences databases, covering subject areas including Politics, Sociology, Education, Linguistics, and Criminal Justice
  • 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.
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
    Research tool for all areas of sports & sports medicine literature; indexes journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings.
  • GenderWatch (1970 to present)
    Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles of over two 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)
  • 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.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

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).
  • Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
    Search the most recent global news, including major US dailies, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources that include newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and more in full-text format.
  • 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.
  • PressReader
    Access to the most recent three months of more than 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.
  • 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).
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture
    Provides access to autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files that were previously unpublished. It includes fifty-four volumes from the 18th and 19th centuries with many prominent writers and nations covered in depth, in addition to photographs from Edward Curtis.
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    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, Evans (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.
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 Music
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
    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.

New world, inc. : the making of America by England's merchant adventurers (Butman, John, author.) Frost Library; E127 .B97 2018

Overlook : exploring the internal fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation Frost Library; E161.3 .O84 2006

The soul of America : the battle for our better angels (Meacham, Jon, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .M4977 2018

Heading for the scene of the crash : the cultural analysis of America (Drummond, Lee, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .D78 2018

Life as activism : June Jordan's writings from the Progressive (Jordan, June, 1936-2002.) Frost Library; E169.12 .J6567 2014

How to reach Japan by subway : America's fascination with Japanese culture, 1945-1965 (Mettler, Meghan Warner, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .M48 2018

Taking back the academy! : history of activism, history as activism Frost Library; E175.45 .T35 2004

First ladies of the Republic (Abrams, Jeanne E., 1951-, author.) Frost Library; E176.2 .A27 2018

At war : the military and American culture in the twentieth century and beyond Frost Library; E181 .M523 2018

To master the boundless sea : the U.S. Navy, the marine environment, and the cartography of empire (Smith, Jason W. (Jason Wirth), 1982-, author.) Frost Library; E182 .S574 2018

Parties and politics in America. (Rossiter, Clinton, 1917-1970.) Frost Library; E183 .R7 1960

A nation like all others : a brief history of American foreign relations (Cohen, Warren I., author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .C625 2018

American empire : a global history (Hopkins, A. G. (Antony G.) author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .H67 2018

U.S.-China relations : perilous past, uncertain present (Sutter, Robert G., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 S884 2018

From Cold War to hot peace : an American ambassador in Putin's Russia (McFaul, Michael, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.R9 M235 2018

1983 : the world at the brink (Downing, Taylor, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 D69 2018

Politics beyond black and white : biracial identity and attitudes in America (Davenport, Lauren, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 D27 2018

Healing our divided society : investing in America fifty years after the Kerner Report Frost Library; E184.A1 H4155 2018

Porous borders : multiracial migrations and the law in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (Lim, Julian, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 L54 2017

Mothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy (McRae, Elizabeth Gillespie, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 M354 2018

Alt-America : the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump (Neiwert, David A., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 N365 2017

The Oxford handbook of religion and race in American history Frost Library; E184.A1 O95 2018

Everything you love will burn : inside the rebirth of white nationalism in America (Tenold, Vegas, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 T45 2018

Asian American matters : a New York anthology Frost Library; E184.A75 A8423 2017

Finding a Path Forward, Asian American and Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks theme study Frost Library; E184.A75 F46 2017

The Caribbeanization of Black politics (Wright Austin, Sharon D., 1965-, author.) Frost Library; E184.C27 W75 2018

The Chinese must go : violence, exclusion, and the making of the alien in America (Lew-Williams, Beth, author.) Frost Library; E184.C5 L564 2018

Franco-America in the making : the Creole nation within (Gosnell, Jonathan K. (Jonathan Keith) author.) Frost Library; E184.F85 G67 2018

Respectability and reform : Irish American women's activism, 1880-1920 (McCarthy, Tara M., author.) Frost Library; E184.I6 M116 2018

Manifest destinies : the making of the Mexican American race (Gómez, Laura E., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G625 2018

Undocumented lives : the untold story of Mexican migration (Minian, Ana Raquel, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 M5496 2018

Forever suspect : racialized surveillance of Muslim Americans in the War on Terror (Selod, Saher, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 S37 2018

An African American and Latinx history of the United States (Ortiz, Paul, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 O79 2018

Defining moments in Black history : reading between the lies (Gregory, Dick, author.) Frost Library; E185 .G759 2017

America's middlemen : power at the edge of empire (Grynaviski, Eric, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E188 .G87 2018

Lexington and Concord : the battle heard round the world (Daughan, George C., author.) Frost Library; E241.L6 D38 2018

Those turbulent sons of freedom : Ethan Allen's Green Mountain boys and the American Revolution (Wren, Christopher S. (Christopher Sale), 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E263.V5 W74 2018

The papers of Thomas Jefferson. Retirement series (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, author.) Frost Library; E302 .J442 2004b

The papers of Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.) Frost Library; E302 .J463 1950

Hamilton : an American biography (Williams, Tony, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.H2 W734 2018

The Indian world of George Washington (Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E312.17 .C17 2018

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father (Stark, Peter, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E312.2 .S79 2018

John Adams, slavery, and race : ideas, politics, and diplomacy in an age of crisis (Scherr, Arthur, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; E322 .S343 2018

Manifest destiny and American territorial expansion : a brief history with documents (Greenberg, Amy S., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E338 .G83 2018

An American quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery (May, Rachel (Rachel Suzanne) author.) Frost Library; E441 .M433 2018

The road to dawn : Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War (Brock, Jared, author.) Frost Library; E444.H526 B76 2018

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" (Hurston, Zora Neale, author.) Frost Library; E444.L49 H87 2018

The trouble with Minna : a case of slavery and emancipation in the antebellum North (Hartog, Hendrik, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E445.N54 H37 2018

Making a slave state : political development in early South Carolina (Quintana, Ryan A. (Ryan Alexander) author.) Frost Library; E445.S7 Q85 2018

The Frederick Douglass papers. Series three, Correspondence (Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.) Frost Library; E449.D75 A4 2009

Frederick Douglass : America's prophet (Dilbeck, D. H., author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 D55 2018

The apocalypse of settler colonialism (Horne, Gerald, author.) Frost Library; E45 .H67 2017

The captive's quest for freedom (Blackett, R. J. M., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E450 .B589 2018

Lincoln and the abolitionists (Harrold, Stanley, author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .H35 2018

Lincoln in 3-D (Zeller, Bob, 1952-) Frost Library; E457.6 .Z45 2010 x

Fighting means killing : Civil War soldiers and the nature of combat (Steplyk, Jonathan M., author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .S857 2018

Contested loyalty : debates over patriotism in the Civil War north Frost Library; E487 .C668 2018

"This infernal war" : the Civil War letters of William and Jane Standard (Standard, William M., 1822-) Frost Library; E505.5 103rd .S75 2018

Keep the days : reading the Civil War diaries of Southern women (Stowe, Steven M., 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E628 .S76 2018

Grant (Chernow, Ron, author.) Frost Library; E672 .C47 2017

Dwight Whitney Morrow, : a sketch in admiration, (Howland, Hewitt H. (Hewitt Hanson), 1863-1944.) Archives and Special Collections; E748.M75 H8 1930

Theodore Roosevelt : a literary life (Bailey, Thomas (Thomas Cullen) author.) Frost Library; E757 .B17 2018

Indigenous quotient (Gómez-Quiñones, Juan.) Frost Library; E76.6 .G66 2012

Back to the blanket : recovered rhetorics and literacies in American Indian studies (Wieser, Kimberly G., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E76.6 .W44 2017

Glory, trouble, and renaissance at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology Frost Library; E76.86.A53 G45 2018

The moralist : Woodrow Wilson and the world he made (O'Toole, Patricia, author.) Frost Library; E767 .O95 2018

The vanishing race, the last great Indian council (Dixon, Joseph K. (Joseph Kossuth)) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .D6 1913

Atlas of a lost world : travels in ice age America (Childs, Craig, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E77.9 .C55 2018

Indigenous nationals (Courchene, Thomas J., author.) Frost Library; E78.C2 C68 2018

Skyscrapers hide the heavens : a history of Native-newcomer relations in Canada (Miller, J. R. (James Rodger), 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E78.C2 M54 2018

Roots of entanglement : essays in the history of native-newcomer relations Frost Library; E78.C2 R66 2018

The Gods of Indian Country : religion and the struggle for the American West (Graber, Jennifer, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E78.G73 G63 2018

Our hearts fell to the ground : Plains Indian views of how the West was lost (Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E78.G73 O97 2018

Declared defective : Native Americans, eugenics, and the myth of Nam Hollow (Jarvenpa, Robert, author.) Frost Library; E78.N7 J37 2018

A separate country : postcoloniality and American Indian nations (Cook-Lynn, Elizabeth.) Frost Library; E78.W5 C575 2012

Before Yellowstone : Native American archaeology in the national park (MacDonald, Douglas H., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E78.Y44 M33 2018

Sovereignty's entailments : first nation state formation in the Yukon (Nadasdy, Paul, author.) Frost Library; E78.Y8 N33 2017

Calvin Coolidge, the man from Vermont (Fuess, Claude Moore, 1885-1963.) Archives and Special Collections; E792 .F85 1940

A blueprint for war : FDR and the hundred days that mobilized America (Dunn, Susan, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E806 .D86 2018

The Second Seminole War and the limits of American aggression (Monaco, C. S., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E83.835 .M66 2018

The age of Eisenhower : America and the world in the 1950s (Hitchcock, William I., author.) Frost Library; E835 .H56 2018

From Selma to Moscow : how human rights activists transformed U.S. foreign policy (Snyder, Sarah B., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E840 .S595 2018

The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam (Boot, Max, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E840.5.L36 B66 2018

The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch (Sarpalius, Bill, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.S27 A3 2018

My life in progressive politics : against the grain (Tydings, Joseph D. (Joseph Davies), 1928-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.T93 A3 2018

LBJ's 1968 : power, politics, and the presidency in America's year of upheaval (Longley, Kyle, author.) Frost Library; E847 .L63 2018

Nixon in New York : how Wall Street helped Richard Nixon win the White House (Li, Victor, author.) Frost Library; E851 .L5 2018

Playing with fire : the 1968 election and the transformation of American politics (O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.) Frost Library; E851 .O33 2017

President Carter : the White House years (Eizenstat, Stuart, author.) Frost Library; E872 .E39 2018

Celebrity influence : politics, persuasion, and issue-based advocacy (Harvey, Mark, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; E893 .H37 2017

World war Trump : the risks of America's new nationalism (Gardner, Hall, author.) Frost Library; E895 .G36 2018

The great revolt : inside the populist coalition reshaping American politics (Zito, Salena, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 Z57 2018

The presidency of Barack Obama : a first historical assessment Frost Library; E907 .P735 2018

Russian roulette : the inside story of Putin's war on America and the election of Donald Trump (Isikoff, Michael, author.) Frost Library; E911 .I85 2018

The Russia hoax : the illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump (Jarrett, Gregg, author.) Frost Library; E911 .J37 2018

Constructing narratives in response to Trump's election Frost Library; E912 .C66 2018

Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic (Frum, David, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .F78 2018

Trump's first year (Nelson, Michael, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .N45 2018

Native American testimony Frost Library; E93 .N3 1999

Pathways to indigenous nation sovereignty : a chronicle of federal policy developments (Parker, Alan, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; E93 .P218 2018