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 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.

In the looking glass : mirrors and identity in early America (Shrum, Rebecca K. (Rebecca Kathleen), 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E162 .S557 2017

The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for (McCullough, David G., author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .M1366 2017

American mourning : tragedy, democracy, resilience (Stow, Simon, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .S76 2016

The America syndrome : apocalypse, war and our call to greatness (Hartmann, Betsy, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .H378 2017

Prosthetic memory : the transformation of American remembrance in the age of mass culture (Landsberg, Alison.) Frost Library; E169.12 .L338 2004

Consuming Japan : popular culture and the globalizing of 1980s America (McKevitt, Andrew C., author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .M39 2017

Culturcide and non-identity across American culture (Traber, Daniel S., author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .T689 2017

African, American : from Tarzan to dreams from my father : Africa in the US imagination (Peterson del Mar, David, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E169.Z83 P48 2017

Schlesinger : the imperial historian (Aldous, Richard, author.) Frost Library; E175.5.S38 A43 2017

American studies : a user's guide (Deloria, Philip Joseph, author.) Frost Library; E175.8 .D45 2017

American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century : A Brief History with Documents Frost Library; E183.7 .A55 2017

Safeguarding democratic capitalism : U.S. foreign policy and national security, 1920-2015 (Leffler, Melvyn P., 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .L44 2017

Cuba-U.S. relations : Obama and beyond (August, Arnold, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 A937 2017

The United States and Cuba : from closest enemies to distant friends (López Segrera, Francisco, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 L674 2017

Britain, America and the special relationship since 1941 (McKercher, B. J. C., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.G7 M179 2017

Lecturing the Atlantic : speech, print, and an Anglo-American commons, 1830-1870 (Wright, Tom F., 1981-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.G7 W95 2017

Haiti and the uses of America : post-U.S. occupation promises (Verna, Chantalle F., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.H2 V47 2017

Losing an enemy : Obama, Iran, and the triumph of diplomacy (Parsi, Trita, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I55 P379 2017

After Saddam : American foreign policy and the destruction of secularism in the Middle East (Badie, Dina, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I57 B33 2017

The contractor : how I landed in a Pakistani prison and ignited a diplomatic crisis (Davis, Raymond Allen, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.P18 D38 2017

Racism without racists : color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America (Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 B597 2018

White out : understanding white privilege and dominance in the modern age (Collins, Christopher S., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C538 2017

Race & racisms : a critical approach (Golash-Boza, Tanya Maria.) Frost Library; E184.A1 G565 2015

Making sense of the alt-right (Hawley, George (Political scientist) author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 H3377 2017

A curse upon the nation : race, freedom, and extermination in America and the Atlantic world (Lewis, Kay Wright, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 L477 2017

Red and yellow, black and brown : decentering whiteness in mixed race studies Frost Library; E184.A1 R4185 2017

The American untouchables : America & the racial contract (Smith, Andre L., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S65 2017

Science, sexuality, and race in the United States and Australia, 1780-1940 (Smithers, Gregory D., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S665 2017

Trespassers? : Asian Americans and the battle for suburbia (Lung-Amam, Willow S., author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 L86 2017

Diversión : play and popular culture in Cuban America (Laguna, Albert Sergio, author.) Frost Library; E184.C97 L34 2017

New Eastern European immigrants in the United States (Michalikova, Nina, author.) Frost Library; E184.E17 M53 2017

The bride price : a Hmong wedding story (Moua, Mai Neng, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E184.H55 M684 2017

Voting together : intergenerational politics and civic engagement among Hmong Americans (Wong, Carolyn, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E184.H55 W66 2017

The limits of whiteness : Iranian Americans and the everyday politics of race (Maghbouleh, Neda, author.) Frost Library; E184.I5 M335 2017

Grace after Genocide : Cambodians in the United States (Mortland, Carol A. (Carol Anne), 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E184.K45 M67 2017

Among the living and the dead : a tale of exile and homecoming on the war roads of Europe (Verzemnieks, Inara, author.) Frost Library; E184.L4 V47 2017

Aztlán : essays on the Chicano homeland Frost Library; E184.M5 A9816 2017

Keeping it halal : the everyday lives of Muslim American teenage boys (O'Brien, John (John Hoffman), 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 O27 2017

Sponsored migration : the state and Puerto Rican postwar migration to the United States (Meléndez, Edgardo, author.) Frost Library; E184.P85 M45 2017

Latino leaders speak : personal stories of struggle and triumph Frost Library; E184.S75 L36232 2017

The new Latino studies reader : a twenty-first-century perspective Frost Library; E184.S75 N49 2016

Strangers in the West : the Syrian colony of New York City, 1880-1900 (Jacobs, Linda K., author.) Frost Library; E184.S98 J33 2015

The broken country : on trauma, a crime and the continuing legacy of Vietnam (Rekdal, Paisley, author.) Frost Library; E184.V53 R453 2017

What remains : searching for the memory and lost grave of John Paul Jones (Hornick, Robert N., author.) Frost Library; E207.J7 H67 2017

The expanding blaze : how the American Revolution ignited the world, 1775-1848 (Israel, Jonathan I. (Jonathan Irvine), 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E209 .I87 2017

Experiencing empire : power, people, and revolution in early America Frost Library; E210 .E97 2017

The ideology of Creole revolution (Simon, Joshua (Joshua David) author.) Frost Library; E210 .S56 2017

Revolution against empire : taxes, politics, and the origins of American independence (Du Rivage, Justin, author.) Frost Library; E211 .D82 2017

Written out of history : the forgotten founders who fought big government (Lee, Mike, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; E302.5 .L435 2017

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house (Epstein, Daniel Mark, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.F8 E59 2017

Patrick Henry : champion of liberty (Kukla, Jon, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.H5 K86 2017

Gentlemen revolutionaries : power and justice in the new American republic (Cutterham, Tom, 1987-, author.) Frost Library; E303 .C87 2017

The Northwest Ordinance : constitutional politics and the theft of native land (Alexander, Robert, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E309 .A44 2017

Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution (Randall, Willard Sterne, author.) Frost Library; E354 .R36 2017

Warring for America : cultural contests in the era of 1812 Frost Library; E354 .W394 2017

Diaries (Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, author.) Frost Library; E377 .A3 2017

The populism of King Mob : Andrew Jackson's rise to the presidency (Ellington, Jeff, author.) Frost Library; E382 .E55 2017

Patriots, prostitutes, and spies : women and the Mexican-American War (Belohlavek, John M., author.) Frost Library; E415.2.W66 B45 2017

Slavery and silence : Latin America and the U.S. slave debate (Naish, Paul D., 1960-2016, author.) Frost Library; E441 .N35 2017

The fearless Benjamin Lay : the Quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist (Rediker, Marcus, author.) Frost Library; E446 .R43 2017

Lincoln and the abolitionists : John Quincy Adams, slavery, and the Civil War (Kaplan, Fred, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .K356 2017

Bill O'Reilly's legends & lies : The Civil War (Fisher, David, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E468.5 .F57 2017

Qin lüe mei zhou : Meiguo yin di an ren zhen shi (Fountain, Kevin.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .F693 2005

To be indio in colonial Spanish America Frost Library; E59.E75 T62 2017

American Indian holocaust and survival : a population history since 1492 (Thornton, Russell, 1942-, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E59.P75 T48 1990

The sacred : ways of knowledge, sources of life (Beck, Peggy V.) Archives and Special Collections; E59.R38 B43 1977

Muskets & applejack : spirits, soldiers, and the Civil War (Will-Weber, Mark, author.) Frost Library; E607 .W54 2017

Civil War pharmacy : a history (Flannery, Michael A., 1953-) Frost Library; E621 .F58 2017

Fighting in the shadows : untold stories of deaf people in the Civil War (Lang, Harry G., author.) Frost Library; E627 .L36 2017 x

The Republic for which it stands (White, Richard, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E668 .W58 2017

Woodrow Wilson and American internationalism (Ambrosius, Lloyd E., author.) Frost Library; E768 .A443 2017

Power without victory : Woodrow Wilson and the American internationalist experiment (Throntveit, Trygve, author.) Frost Library; E768 .T47 2017

Indians of America (Fazzini, Lillian Davids.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .F37 1935

Blood and land : the story of native North America (King, J. C. H. (Jonathan C. H.) author.) Frost Library; E77 .K55 2016

Officially Indian : symbols that define the United States (Ganteaume, Cécile R., author.) Frost Library; E77.5 .G37 2017

Archaeological remote sensing in North America Frost Library; E77.9 .A715 2017

An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Madley, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; E78.C15 M33 2016

The trickster shift : humour and irony in contemporary native art (Ryan, Allan J.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 R93 1999 x

The strength of women : âhkamêyimowak Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 S736 2011

Homelands and empires (Lennox, Jeffers, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; E78.E2 L46 2017

First fish, first people : salmon tales of the North Pacific rim Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 F47 1998

A land not forgotten : Indigenous food security & land-based practices in Northern Ontario Frost Library; E78.O5 L38 2017

Patriots & Indians : shaping identity in eighteenth-century South Carolina (Dennis, Jeff W., author.) Frost Library; E78.S6 D46 2017

Recognizing people in the prehistoric Southwest Frost Library; E78.S7 R335 2017

Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills (Tupper, Seth, author.) Frost Library; E792 .T86 2017

The three Graces of Val-Kill (Wilson, Emily Herring, author.) Frost Library; E807.1.R48 W473 2017

Autumn of the Black Snake : the creation of the U.S. Army and the invasion that opened the West (Hogeland, William, author.) Frost Library; E83.794 .H64 2017

The road to Camelot : inside JFK's five-year campaign (Oliphant, Thomas, author.) Frost Library; E837.7 .O45 2017

American ambassadors : the past, present, and future of America's diplomats (Jett, Dennis C., 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E840 .J48 2014

The revolution of Robert Kennedy : from power to protest after JFK (Bohrer, John R., author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 B64 2017

RFK and MLK : visions of hope, 1963-1968 (Goduti, Philip A., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 G579 2017

Gerry Studds : America's first openly gay congressman (Schneider, Mark R. (Mark Robert), 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.S778 S38 2017

Kennedy and King : the president, the pastor, and the battle over civil rights (Levingston, Steven, author.) Frost Library; E842.1 .L44 2017

The working-class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism (Olsen, Henry (Political consultant) author.) Frost Library; E877.2 .O46 2017

What happened (Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.) Frost Library; E887.C55 A3 2017

Shooting back from the reservation : a photographic view of life by Native American youth (Hubbard, Jim, 1942-) Archives and Special Collections; E89 .H89 1994

Al Franken, giant of the Senate (Franken, Al, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.F73 A3 2017

Fighting for the progressive center in the age of Trump (Hoeffel, Joseph M., 1950- author.) Frost Library; E901.1.H64 A3 2017

Two paths : America divided or united (Kasich, John, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.K37 A3 2017

Trump's populist America (Rosefielde, Steven, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 R67 2017