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.

Le Brésil d'André Thevet : Les singularités de la France Antarctique, 1557 (Thevet, André, 1502-1590.) Frost Library; E141 .T414 2011

India in the American imaginary, 1780s-1880s Frost Library; E164 .I42 2017

Giant creatures in our world : essays on Kaiju and American popular culture Frost Library; E169.1 .G472 2017

A place not a place : reflection and possibility in museums and libraries (Carr, David, 1945-2016.) Frost Library; E169.12 .C2785 2006

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

When life strikes the president : scandal, death, and illness in the White House Frost Library; E176.1 .W565 2017

Commemoration : the American Association for State and Local History guide Frost Library; E179 .C655 2017

Empire in retreat : the past, present, and future of the United States (Bulmer-Thomas, V., author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .B94 2018

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

Asia's reckoning : China, Japan, and the fate of U.S. power in the Pacific century (McGregor, Richard, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 M386 2017

The US vs China : Asia's new Cold War? (Woodward, Jude, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 W66 2017

Kings and presidents : Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR (Riedel, Bruce O., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S25 R43 2018

White folks : race and identity in rural America (Lensmire, Timothy J., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 L4446 2017

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

Multiracial identity and racial politics in the United States (Masuoka, Natalie, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 M37 2017

So you want to talk about race (Oluo, Ijeoma, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 O454 2018

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

Race in America : how a pseudoscientific concept shaped human interaction Frost Library; E184.A1 R293 2017

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

Japanese Americans : the history and culture of a people Frost Library; E184.J3 J339 2018

Cultura al otro lado de la frontera : inmigración mexicana y cultura popular Frost Library; E184.M5 C8518 1999

Vicente Ximenes, LBJ's Great Society, and Mexican American civil rights rhetoric (Kells, Michelle Hall, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 K453 2018

House built on ashes : a memoir (Rodríguez, José Antonio, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 R58718 2017

The new immigrant whiteness : race, neoliberalism, and post-Soviet migration to the United States (Sadowski-Smith, Claudia, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E184.R9 S23 2018

In search of belonging : Latinas, media, and citizenship (Báez, Jillian M., 1981- author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 B34 2018

Latinos in the United States (Stavans, Ilan, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 S763 2018

The resilient self : gender, immigration, and Taiwanese Americans (Gu, Chien-Juh, 1969- author.) Frost Library; E184.T35 G823 2017

Chocolate cities : the Black map of American life (Hunter, Marcus Anthony, author.) Frost Library; E185 .H86 2018

American aristocrats : a family, a fortune, and the making of American capitalism (Stout, Harry S., author.) Frost Library; E207.A5 S76 2017

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

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

The elusive Thomas Jefferson : essays on the man behind the myths Frost Library; E332.2 .E48 2017

The slave-trader's letter-book (Jordan, Jim, author.) Frost Library; E438 .J67 2018

The great stain : witnessing American slavery (Rae, Noel (Noel Martin Douglas) author.) Frost Library; E441 .R34 2018

The weeping time : memory and the largest slave auction in American history (Bailey, Anne C. (Anne Caroline) author.) Frost Library; E442 .B19 2017

Scenes of subjection : terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America (Hartman, Saidiya V.) Frost Library; E443 .H37 1997

Antebellum posthuman : race and materiality in the mid-nineteenth century (Ellis, Cristin, 1978- author.) Frost Library; E449 .E483 2018

Frederick Douglass : self-made man (Sandefur, Timothy, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 S245 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

I remain yours : common lives in Civil War letters (Hager, Christopher, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E468 .H22 2018

Engineering victory : how technology won the Civil War (Army, Thomas F., Jr., 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .A67 2018

The Civil War dead and American modernity (Finseth, Ian Frederick, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .F56 2018

Beyond freedom : disrupting the history of emancipation Frost Library; E668 .B49 2017

In the wake of war : military occupation, emancipation, and Civil War America (Lang, Andrew F., 1982-, author.) Frost Library; E668 .L269 2017

From oligarchy to republicanism : the great task of reconstruction (Nabors, Forrest A., author.) Frost Library; E668 .N11 2017

Reconstruction in a globalizing world Frost Library; E668 .R386 2018

Reconstruction : voices from America's first great struggle for racial equality Frost Library; E668 .R4245 2018

Harold Stassen : Eisenhower, the Cold War, and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament (Kaplan, Lawrence S., author.) Frost Library; E748.S784 K37 2018

Theodore Roosevelt's ghost : the history and memory of an American icon (Cullinane, Michael Patrick, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; E757.2 .C85 2017

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

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

Transforming the landscape : rock art and the Mississippian cosmos Frost Library; E78.E2 T73 2018

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

Uncle Sam wants you : World War I and the making of the modern American citizen (Capozzola, Christopher Joseph Nicodemus, 1971-) Frost Library; E780 .C26 2008

The revolution of '28 : Al Smith, American progressivism, and the coming of the New Deal (Chiles, Robert Elliot, 1982- author.) Frost Library; E784 .C45 2018

Our beloved kin : a new history of King Philip's war (Brooks, Lisa Tanya, author.) Frost Library; E83.67 .B795 2018

Memory lands : King Philip's war and the place of violence in the northeast (Delucia, Christine M., author.) Archives and Special Collections; E83.67 .D45 2018

Memory lands : King Philip's war and the place of violence in the northeast (Delucia, Christine M., author.) Frost Library; E83.67 .D45 2018

Wind on the buffalo grass : native American artist-historians (Tillett, Leslie, 1915-) Archives and Special Collections; E83.876 .T54 1989

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

After Sputnik : America, the world, and Cold War conflicts (Levine, Alan J., author.) Frost Library; E835 .L46 2018

Eisenhower : becoming the leader of the free world (Galambos, Louis, author.) Frost Library; E836 .G35 2018

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose (Biden, Joseph R., author.) Frost Library; E840.8.B54 A3 2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski : America's grand strategist (Vaïsse, Justin, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.B79 V3413 2018

Tammy Duckworth (Cham, Stephanie, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.D83 C47 2018 xx

Speaker Jim Wright : power, scandal, and the birth of modern politics (Flippen, J. Brooks, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.W75 F55 2018

Dark beyond darkness : the Cuban Missile Crisis as history, warning, and catalyst (Blight, James G., author.) Frost Library; E841 .B568 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

Ambition, pragmatism, and party : a political biography of Gerald R. Ford (Kaufman, Scott, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; E866 .K38 2017

Indian captive, Indian king : Peter Williamson in America and Britain (Shannon, Timothy J. (Timothy John), 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E87.W77 S53 2018

Radiation nation : Three Mile Island and the political transformation of the 1970s (Zaretsky, Natasha, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E872 .Z37 2018

No one left to lie to : the triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (Hitchens, Christopher.) Frost Library; E886.2 .H58 1999

Sovereign stories and blood memories : Native American women's autobiography (Portillo, Annette Angela, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E89.5 .P67 2017

When nickels were Indians : an urban, mixed-blood story (Hilden, Patricia.) Archives and Special Collections; E90.H55 A3 1995

Foreign policy discourses of the Obama years (Kovács, Melinda, author.) Frost Library; E907 .K68 2018

Presidential leadership and national security policy : the Obama legacy and Trump trajectory Frost Library; E907 .P738 2018

Barack Obama : invisible man (Masciotra, David, author.) Frost Library; E908 .M385 2017

God at the grassroots, 2016 : the Christian right in American politics Frost Library; E911 .G64 2018

In America : tales from Trump country (Perry, Caitríona, author.) Frost Library; E911 .P47 2017

Can it happen here? : authoritarianism in America Frost Library; E912 .C36 2018

President Trump, Inc. : how big business and neoliberalism empower populism and the far-right (Coles, T. J., author.) Frost Library; E912 .C65 2017

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

It's even worse than you think : what the Trump administration is doing to America (Johnston, David Cay, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .J64 2018

The list : a week-by-week reckoning of Trump's first year (Siskind, Amy B., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .S57 2018

The monstrous discourse in the Donald Trump campaign : implications for national discourse (Williams, Debbie Jay, author.) Frost Library; E912 .W55 2018

Let Trump be Trump : the inside story of his rise to the presidency (Lewandowski, Corey R., author.) Frost Library; E913 .L49 2017

Truth and indignation : Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian residential schools (Niezen, Ronald, author.) Frost Library; E96.5 .N54 2017

Tribal strengths and Native education : voices from the reservation classroom (Huffman, Terry E., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E97 .H796 2018

Reclaiming indigenous research in higher education Frost Library; E97 .R43 2018

American Indian business : principles and practices Frost Library; E98.B87 A56 2017

For indigenous eyes only : a decolonization handbook Frost Library; E98.E85 F67 2005

Medicine ways : disease, health, and survival among Native Americans Frost Library; E98.M4 M43 2001

Shades of Hiawatha : staging Indians, making Americans, 1880-1930 (Trachtenberg, Alan.) Frost Library; E98.P99 T73 2004

The other slavery : the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America (Reséndez, Andrés, author.) Frost Library; E98.S6 R47 2016

Weaving strength, weaving power : violence and abuse against Indigenous women (Chenault, Venida S.) Frost Library; E98.W8 C47 2011