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.
  • 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 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)
  • 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).
  • 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 (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.

The power of objects in eighteenth-century British America (Van Horn, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; E162 .V36 2017

American photographs (Evans, Walker, 1903-1975, photographer.) Frost Library; E169 .E85

The age of charisma : leaders, followers, and emotions in American society, 1870-1940 (Young, Jeremy C., author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .Y585 2017

Exceptional America : what divides Americans from the world and from each other (Jouet, Mugambi, 1981- author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .J68 2017

The year's work in nerds, wonks, and necons Frost Library; E169.12 .Y33 2017

Civil rights, culture wars : the fight over a Mississippi textbook (Eagles, Charles W., author.) Frost Library; E175.8 .E24 2017

Ties that bound : founding first ladies and slaves (Schwartz, Marie Jenkins, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E176.2 .S39 2017

Building an American empire : the era of territorial and political expansion (Frymer, Paul, author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .F79 2017

Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian wars : comparing genocide and conquest (Westermann, Edward B., author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .W49 2016

Democracy : a case study (Moss, David A., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E183 .M876 2017

Winning the Third World : Sino-American rivalry during the Cold War (Brazinsky, Gregg, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 B679 2017

Avoiding war with China : two nations, one world (Etzioni, Amitai, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 E79 2017

Nixon's back channel to Moscow : confidential diplomacy and détente (Moss, Richard A., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 M68 2017

Truman, Franco's Spain, and the Cold War (Bowen, Wayne H., 1968-) Frost Library; E183.8.S7 B69 2017

Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa (Autry, Robyn K., author.) Frost Library; E184.65 .A88 2017

Black studies and the democratization of American higher education (Henry, Charles P., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E184.7 .H457 2017

Race and ethnicity in America (Iceland, John, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 I124 2017

American history, race and the struggle for equality : an unfinished journey (Kawashima, Masaki, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 K3258 2017

Historicizing post-discourses : postfeminism and postracialism in United States culture (Kennedy, Tanya Ann, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 K36 2017

Public space, public policy, and public understanding of race and ethnicity in America Frost Library; E184.A1 P83 2016

Repositioning race : prophetic research in a postracial Obama age Frost Library; E184.A1 R446 2014

An impossible dream? : racial integration in the United States (Stanley, Sharon A., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S755 2017

"White" washing American education : the new culture wars in ethnic studies Frost Library; E184.A1 W3975 2016

The rise of the Arab American left (Pennock, Pamela E., author.) Frost Library; E184.A65 P46 2017

U.S. Central Americans : reconstructing memories, struggles, and communities of resistance Frost Library; E184.C34 U35 2017

Chinese couplets : a film by Felicia Lowe = dui lian Frost Library; E184.C5 C443

The other one percent : Indians in America (Chakravorty, Sanjoy, author.) Frost Library; E184.E2 C426 2017

Flavor and soul : Italian America at its African American edge (Gennari, John, author.) Frost Library; E184.I8 G43 2017

My (underground) American dream (Arce, Julissa, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 A73 2016

Mestizos come home! : making and claiming Mexican American identity (Davis, Robert Con, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 D29 2017

The distance between us : a memoir (Grande, Reyna.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G665 2013

Revelation in Aztlán : scriptures, utopias, and the Chicano movement (Hidalgo, Jacqueline M., author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 H53 2016

Crucible of struggle : a history of Mexican Americans from colonial times to the present era (Vargas, Zaragosa, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 V343 2017

We are Aztlán! : Chicanx histories on the northern borderlands Frost Library; E184.M5 W39 2017

Beyond expectations : second-generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain (Imoagene, Onoso, 1977- author.) Frost Library; E184.N55 I46 2017

Undocumented Latino youth : navigating their worlds (Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol.) Frost Library; E184.S75 C53 2015

Pulpit and nation : clergymen and the politics of revolutionary America (McBride, Spencer W., author.) Frost Library; E302 .M39 2017

Washington's Farewell : The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations (Avlon, John P., author.) Frost Library; E312.952 .A94 2017

American sanctuary : mutiny, martyrdom, and national identity in the Age of Revolution (Ekirch, A. Roger, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E321 .E38 2017

Blood from the sky : miracles and politics in the early American republic (Jortner, Adam Joseph, author.) Frost Library; E338 .J67 2017

Child slavery before and after emancipation : an argument for child-centered slavery studies Frost Library; E441 .C486 2017

Women in the world of Frederick Douglass (Fought, Leigh, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 F68 2017

Recaptured Africans (Fett, Sharla M., author.) Frost Library; E453 .F48 2017

Lincoln and the democrats : the politics of opposition in the Civil War (Neely, Mark E., author.) Frost Library; E456 .N44 2017

Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons (Pryor, Elizabeth Brown, author.) Frost Library; E457.15 .P93 2017

Lincoln on leadership for today : Abraham Lincoln's approach to twenty-first-century issues (Phillips, Donald T. (Donald Thomas), 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .P543 2017

The Civil War as global conflict : transnational meanings of the American Civil War Frost Library; E459 .C59 2014

The Northern home front during the Civil War (Cimbala, Paul A. (Paul Alan), 1951-, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .C46 2017

Lincoln's lieutenants : the high command of the Army of the Potomac (Sears, Stephen W., author.) Frost Library; E470 .S43 2017

Theater of a separate war : the Civil War west of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865 (Cutrer, Thomas W., author.) Frost Library; E470.9 .C87 2017

Asianfail : narratives of disenchantment and the model minority (Ty, Eleanor author.) Frost Library; E49.2.A75 T9 2017

Mœurs des sauvages ameriquains, comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps (Lafitau, Joseph-François, 1681-1746.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .L16 1724

A companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Frost Library; E661 .C695 2017 x

In defense of the founders republic : critics of direct democracy in the Progressive Era Frost Library; E661 .I46 2015

Remembering Reconstruction : struggles over the meaning of America's most turbulent era Frost Library; E668 .R426 2017

American crucible : race and nation in the twentieth century (Gerstle, Gary, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E741 .G475 2017

John William McCormack : a political biography (Nelson, Garrison, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; E748.M45 N45 2017

50 events that shaped American Indian history : an encyclopedia of the American mosaic Frost Library; E77 .A125 2017

The inconvenient Indian : a curious account of native people in North America (King, Thomas, 1943-) Frost Library; E77 .K566 2013

Beyond settler time : temporal sovereignty and indigenous self-determination (Rifkin, Mark, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E77 .R54 2017

Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland Frost Library; E78.A28 R48 2016

And it is still that way : legends told by Arizona Indian children Archives and Special Collections; E78.A7 A65 1998

We're still here : art of Indian New England, the Children's Museum collection (Children's Museum of Boston.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N5 C48 1987 x

The nature and pace of change in American Indian cultures : Pennsylvania, 4000 to 3000 BP Frost Library; E78.P4 N38 2015

The lives in objects (Stern, Jessica Yirush, author.) Frost Library; E78.S65 S73 2017

Native Seattle : histories from the crossing-over place (Thrush, Coll-Peter, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E78.W3 T47 2017

Eyewitness to the Fetterman Fight : Indian views Frost Library; E83.866 .E94 2017

Thunder in the mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War (Sharfstein, Daniel J., author.) Frost Library; E83.877 .S49 2017

Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy (Nichols, David A. (David Allen), 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E836 .N5295 2017

The afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy : a biography (Hogan, Michael J., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E842.1 .H64 2017

Richard Nixon : the life (Farrell, John A. (John Aloysius) author.) Frost Library; E856 .F37 2017

Reagan rising : the decisive years, 1976-1980 (Shirley, Craig, author.) Frost Library; E877 .S55 2017

The Reagan files Inside the National Security Council (Saltoun-Ebin, Jason.) Frost Library; E877.2 .S257 2014

The Reagan files : the untold story of Reagan's top-secret efforts to win the Cold War (Saltoun-Ebin, Jason.) Frost Library; E877.2 .S258 2010

Tending the fire : Native voices and portraits (Felver, Christopher, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E89 .F45 2017 x

Persuasive attacks on Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential primary (Benoit, William L., author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 B46 2017

Big agenda : President Trump's plan to save America (Horowitz, David, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 H67 2017

Shattered : inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign (Allen, Jonathan (Jonathan J. M.) author.) Frost Library; E911 .A45 2017

#IdleNoMore : and the remaking of Canada (Coates, Kenneth, 1956-) Frost Library; E92 .C5585 2015

The winter we danced : voices from the past, the future, and the Idle No More movement Frost Library; E92 .W56 2014

Pathways for remembering and recognizing indigenous thought in education (Styres, Sandra D., 1961- author.) Frost Library; E96.2 .S89 2017

Power through testimony : reframing residential schools in the age of reconciliation Frost Library; E96.5 .P69 2017

Trickster chases the tale of education (Moore, Sylvia, 1957- author.) Frost Library; E96.65.N67 M66 2017

I am where I come from : Native American college students and graduates tell their life stories Frost Library; E97.65.N4 I24 2017

Plundered skulls and stolen spirits : inside the fight to reclaim native America's culture (Colwell, Chip (John Stephen), 1975-, author.) Frost Library; E98.M34 C65 2017

American Indian women of proud nations : essays on history, language, and education Frost Library; E98.W8 A57 2016

Monuments to absence : Cherokee removal and the contest over Southern memory (Denson, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; E99.C5 D47 2017

Webs of kinship : family in Northern Cheyenne nationhood (Hill, Christina Gish, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; E99.C53 H48 2017

A Mishomis book : a history-coloring book of the ojibway indians (Benton-Banai, Edward, 1934-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 B428 2016

Ojibwa : people of forests and prairies (Johnson, Michael, 1937 April 22-, author.) Frost Library; E99.C6 J64 2016

Crow Jesus : personal stories of native religious belonging (Clatterbuck, Mark, author.) Frost Library; E99.C92 C53 2017

Iroquois creation story Archives and Special Collections; E99.I7 I67 2015

Mashpee nine : a story of cultural justice (Peters, Paula, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.M4 P48 2016

The sound of Navajo country : music, language, and Diné belonging (Jacobsen, Kristina M., author.) Frost Library; E99.N3 J28 2017

Guided by the mountains : Navajo political philosophy and governance (Lerma, Michael, author.) Frost Library; E99.N3 L58 2017

Navajo sovereignty : understandings and visions of the Diné people Frost Library; E99.N3 N358 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI (Grann, David, author.) Frost Library; E99.O8 G675 2017

Through an Indian's looking-glass : a cultural biography of William Apess, Pequot (Lopenzina, Drew, author.) Frost Library; E99.P53 L67 2017

We come for good : archaeology and tribal historic preservation at the Seminole Tribe of Florida Frost Library; E99.S28 W4 2017

Downwardly global : women, work, and citizenship in the Pakistani diaspora (Ameeriar, Lalaie, author.) Frost Library; F1035.P34 A44 2017