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.
  • 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)
  • 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.

50 great American places : essential historic sites across the U.S. (Glass, Brent D., author.) Frost Library; E159 .G539 2016

America's national park system : the critical documents Frost Library; E160 .A579 2016

The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks (Williams, Terry Tempest, author.) Frost Library; E160 .W54 2016

Drifting toward the Southeast (Kawada, Ikaku, 1824-1898.) Frost Library; E166 .K2513 2004

Why liberals win the culture wars (even when they lose elections) (Prothero, Stephen R., author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .P924 2016

First women : the grace and power of America's modern First Ladies (Brower, Kate Andersen, author.) Frost Library; E176.2 .B77 2016

Different lands Frost Library; E178.6 .D43 2004 x

Yankee colonies across America : cities upon the hills (Rosenberg, Chaim M., author.) Frost Library; E179 .R668 2015

Exploring the next frontier (Kapell, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .K368 2016

The fourth part of the world (Lester, Toby.) Frost Library; E18.75 .L47 2009

"Old Bruin" (Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976.) Frost Library; E182 .P466

How the world works (Chomsky, Noam.) Frost Library; E183.7 .C478 2011

The unquiet frontier : rising rivals, vulnerable allies, and the crisis of American power (Grygiel, Jakub J., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .G79 2016

A floating Chinaman : fantasy and failure across the Pacific (Hsu, Hua, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 H74 2016

The United States and China : into the twenty-first century (Schaller, Michael, 1947-) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 S323 2016

Cuba versus CIA (Light, Robert E.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 L5

Shoot down [videorecording] Frost Library; E183.8.C9 S38

Race, reality, and realpolitik : U.S.-Haiti relations in the lead up to the 1915 occupation (Sommers, Jeffrey William, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.H2 S63 2016

Our separate ways : the struggle for the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance (Allin, Dana H., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I7 A43 2016

International relations and the origins of the Pacific War (Unoki, Ko, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.J3 U56 2016

Rival reputations : coercion and credibility in US-North Korea relations (Jackson, Van, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.K7 J33 2016

Return to Cold War (Legvold, Robert, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.R9 L395 2016

The Pentagon papers : the secret history of the Vietnam War Frost Library; E183.8.V5 P4

The cost of racism for people of color : contextualizing experiences of discrimination Frost Library; E184.A1 A493 2016

Bind us apart : how enlightened Americans invented racial segregation (Guyatt, Nicholas, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 G985 2016

Postethnic America : beyond multiculturalism (Hollinger, David A.) Frost Library; E184.A1 H64 2000

Brown is the new white : how the demographic revolution has created a new American majority (Phillips, Steve, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 P49 2016

Post-racial or most-racial? : race and politics in the Obama era (Tesler, Michael, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 T465 2016

Asian boys [videorecording] Frost Library; E184.A75 A844

Global Asian American popular cultures Frost Library; E184.A75 G55 2016

Serve the people : making Asian America in the long sixties (Ishizuka, Karen L., author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 I84 2016

Chinese Americans : the history and culture of a people Frost Library; E184.C5 C4797 2016

Immigration and social capital in the age of social media (Oh, Joong-Hwan, author.) Frost Library; E184.K6 O356 2016

The Amish : a concise introduction (Nolt, Steven M., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M45 N65 2016

Mexican migration to the United States : perspectives from both sides of the border Frost Library; E184.M5 M528 2016

Macho Men and Modern Women (Roesch, Claudia H., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 R58726 2015

Contemporary Asian America : a multidisciplinary reader Frost Library; E184.O6 C66 2016

The Puerto Rican diaspora : themes in the survival of a people (Espada, Frank, 1930-) Frost Library; E184.P85 E76 2006 xx

Nepali migrant women : resistance and survival in America (Gurung, Shobha, author.) Frost Library; E184.S69 G87 2015

Desis Divided : The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (Mishra, Sangay K., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E184.S69 M57 2016

The Cambridge guide to African American history (Gavins, Raymond, author.) Frost Library; E185 .G33 2016

American colonial history : clashing cultures and faiths (Kidd, Thomas S., author.) Frost Library; E188 .K53 2016

The French and Indian War in North Carolina : the spreading flames of war (Maass, John R.) Frost Library; E199 .M115 2013

Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution (Philbrick, Nathaniel, author.) Frost Library; E206 .P48 2016b

Encyclopedia of Japanese descendants in the Americas : an illustrated history of the Nikkei Frost Library; E29.J3 E53 2002

Writings from the new nation 1784-1826 (Adams, John, 1735-1826.) Frost Library; E302 .A263 2016

Invisible sovereign : imagining public opinion from the revolution to reconstruction (Schmeller, Mark G., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E302.1 .S36 2016

Abigail Adams : letters (Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818, author.) Frost Library; E322.1.A38 A249 2016

The private Jefferson : perspectives from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Frost Library; E332.2 .P75 2016 x

John Quincy Adams : militant spirit (Traub, James, author.) Frost Library; E377 .T73 2016

Louisa : the extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams (Thomas, Louisa, author.) Frost Library; E377.2 .T48 2016b

The slave's cause : a history of abolition (Sinha, Manisha, author.) Frost Library; E441 .S46 2016

Master narratives, identities, and the stories of former slaves (Clifton, Jonathan (Lecturer in business communication) author.) Frost Library; E444 .C635 2016

The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a slave and as a freeman (Loguen, Jermain Wesley, author.) Frost Library; E444 .L83 2016

Sketches of slave life and From slave cabin to the pulpit (Randolph, Peter, 1825?-1897, author.) Frost Library; E444 .R19 2016

Slavery & the underground railroad in New Hampshire (Sherburne, Michelle Arnosky, author.) Frost Library; E445.N53 S54 2016

Institutional slavery (Oast, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; E445.V8 O17 2016

Spectacular suffering : witnessing slavery in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic (Mallipeddi, Ramesh.) Frost Library; E446 .M35 2016

Slavery and the democratic conscience : political life in Jeffersonian America (Riley, Padraig, author.) Frost Library; E446 .R55 2016

Liberty power : antislavery third parties and the transformation of American politics (Brooks, Corey M., author.) Frost Library; E449 .B766 2016

One nation divided by slavery (Conlin, Michael F., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E449 .C747 2015

The press and slavery in America, 1791-1859 : the melancholy effect of popular excitement (Gabrial, Brian, author.) Frost Library; E449 .G175 2016

The Lives of Frederick Douglass (Levine, Robert S. (Robert Steven), 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 L48 2016

Lincoln and the politics of slavery (Crofts, Daniel W., author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .C935 2016

Redeeming the great emancipator (Guelzo, Allen C., author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .G886 2016

Lincoln in the Atlantic World (Stevenson, Louise L., author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .S85 2015

The mind and art of Abraham Lincoln, philosopher statesman (Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.) Frost Library; E457.92 2012a

Kill Jeff Davis : the Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 (Venter, Bruce M., 1948- author.) Frost Library; E476.27 .V46 2016

Sack and destruction of the city of Columbia, S.C. (Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870, author.) Frost Library; E477.75 .S59 2016

The minor intimacies of race : Asian publics in North America (Kim, Christine, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E49.2.A75 K56 2016

Bonds of union : religion, race, and politics in a Civil War borderland (Ford, Bridget, author.) Frost Library; E525 .F675 2016

The Civil War Years in Utah : The Kingdom of God and the Territory That Did Not Fight (Maxwell, John Gary, 1933-, author.) Frost Library; E532.95 .M39 2016

National Geographic on Indians of the Americas; : a color-illustrated record (National Geographic Society (U.S.).) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .N3 1957

Murrow's Cold War : public diplomacy for the Kennedy administration (Tomlin, Gregory M., 1979-, author.) Frost Library; E744.5 .T66 2016

General George C. Marshall and the atomic bomb (Settle, Frank A., author.) Frost Library; E745.M37 S48 2016

Lessons from Turtle Island : Native curriculum in early childhood classrooms (Jones, Guy W., 1956-) Archives and Special Collections; E76.6 .J66 2002

A field of their own : women and American Indian history, 1830-1941 (Rhea, John M., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E76.8 .R49 2016

North American Indian (Davis, Christopher, 1941-2012.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .D33 1969 x

Indian nations of North America Archives and Special Collections; E77 .I4139 2010 x

The Native Americans : an illustrated history Archives and Special Collections; E77 .N352 1993 x

Tragic encounters : the people's history of Native Americans (Smith, Page, author.) Frost Library; E77 .S65 2015

From treaties to reserves (Hall, D. J. (David John), 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E78.A34 H34 2015

Without reserve : stories from urban natives (Shorten, Lynda, 1955-) Archives and Special Collections; E78.A34 S48 1991

Prehistoric culture change on the Colorado plateau : ten thousand years on Black Mesa Frost Library; E78.A7 P744 2002

California Indian days (Bauer, Helen.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C15 B3229 1963

The earth is our mother : a guide to the Indians of California, their locales and historic sites (Eargle, Dolan H., Jr.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C15 E2 1990

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

The Indians of the Great Plains (Bancroft-Hunt, Norman.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.G73 B36 1992 x

Grand procession (Dubin, Lois Sherr.) Frost Library; E78.G73 D835 2010

Plains Indians : dog soldiers, bear men, and buffalo women (Mails, Thomas E.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.G73 M33 1985 x

The Plains Indians (Taylor, Colin F.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.G73 T35 1997 x

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

The good red road : passages into native America (Lincoln, Kenneth.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N75 L56 1987

The Indian wars of Pennsylvania (Sipe, C. Hale (Chester Hale), 1880-) Archives and Special Collections; E78.P4 S54 1999

Southwestern Indian ceremonials (Bahti, Tom.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.S7 B18 x

An introduction to southwestern Indian arts & crafts (Bahti, Tom.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.S7 B18 x

Southwestern Indian tribes (Bahti, Tom.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.S7 B18 x

The great exception : the New Deal and the limits of American politics (Cowie, Jefferson, author.) Frost Library; E806 .C68 2016

The New Deal : a global history (Patel, Kiran Klaus.) Frost Library; E806 .P3559 2016

Rightful heritage : Franklin D. Roosevelt and the land of America (Brinkley, Douglas, author.) Frost Library; E807 .B76 2016