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American Studies Research Guide
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- 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 Full Text
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
- Education Journals (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.
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 Journals (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.
- Reference Universe
Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
- Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.
- Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
300 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, schools, and movements.
- International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.
- Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the present
Essays on all aspects of recent African American history: people, events, places, etc.
- American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.
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 Series (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).
- 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.
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
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.
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
Over 8,000 videos covering a wide variety of subject areas from producers such as the BBC, Criterion, PBS, and Kino Lorber.
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.
Between two worlds : how the English became Americans (Gaskill, Malcolm.) Frost Library; E162 .G38 2014
True yankees : the South Seas and the discovery of American identity (Morrison, Dane Anthony.) Frost Library; E164 .M86 2014
Baby boomers and popular culture : an inquiry into America's most powerful generation Frost Library; E169.12 .B245 2015
Lies my teacher told me : everything your American history textbook got wrong (Loewen, James W.) Frost Library; E175.85 .L64 2007
History repeating itself (Pfitzer, Gregory M., author.) Frost Library; E175.85 .P48 2014
Dreamers and deceivers : true stories of the heroes and villains who made America (Beck, Glenn.) Frost Library; E176 .B384 2014
China 1945 : Mao's revolution and America's fateful choice (Bernstein, Richard, 1944-) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 B439 2014
Uprooting racism : how white people can work for racial justice (Kivel, Paul.) Frost Library; E184.A1 K58 2011
Chinese American : exclusion (Tchen, John Kuo Wei, author.) Frost Library; E184.C5 C45 2014
A borderlands view on Latinos, Latin Americans, and decolonization : rethinking mental health (Hernández-Wolfe, Pilar, 1967-) Frost Library; E184.M47 H37 2013
Latino stats : American Hispanics by the numbers (Malavé, Idelisse, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 M363 2015
Domestic disturbances : re-imagining narratives of gender, labor, and immigration (Mata, Irene, 1972- author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 M388 2014
The American Revolution : a historical guidebook Frost Library; E230 .A43 2014
The papers of Thomas Jefferson. Retirement series (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, author.) Frost Library; E302 .J442 2004b
Papers (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.) Frost Library; E302 .J463 1950
The traumatic colonel : the Founding Fathers, slavery, and the phantasmatic Aaron Burr (Drexler, Michael J.) Frost Library; E302.6.B9 D74 2014
Benjamin Franklin : American founder, Atlantic citizen (Kozuskanich, Nathan, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.F8 K87 2015
Thomas Jefferson : uncovering his unique philosophy and vision (Holowchak, Mark, 1958-) Frost Library; E332.2 .H664 2014
The half has never been told : slavery and the making of American capitalism (Baptist, Edward E., author.) Frost Library; E441 .B337 2014
The Abolitionist Movement : documents decoded (Cameron, Christopher, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; E441 .C24 2014
Rebels in paradise : sketches of Northampton abolitionists (Laurie, Bruce.) Frost Library; E449 .L39 2015
Founders' son : a life of Abraham Lincoln (Brookhiser, Richard.) Frost Library; E457.45 .B76 2014
Belligerent muse : five northern writers and how they shaped our understanding of the Civil War (Cushman, Stephen, 1956-) Frost Library; E468.5 .C94 2014
The Birth of a Nation (Lehr, Dick, author.) Frost Library; E656 .L44 2014
A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877 (Foner, Eric, 1943-) Frost Library; E668 .F662 2015
Farewell to prosperity : wealth, identity, and conflict in postwar America (Rose, Lisle A., 1936- author.) Frost Library; E741 .R664 2014
The untold history of the United States Frost Library; E741 .U58
National insecurity : American leadership in an age of fear (Rothkopf, David J. (David Jochanan), 1955-) Frost Library; E744 .R84 2014
Arthur Morgan : a progressive vision for American reform (Purcell, Aaron D., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E748 .H78 2014
The Roosevelts : an intimate history Frost Library; E757.3 .R667
Our multiethnic heritage : American Indian studies (Simon, Charnan.) Archives and Special Collections; E76.6 .S56 1992 x
Living homes for cultural expression Archives and Special Collections; E76.85 L58 2006
A tortured people : the politics of colonization (Adams, Howard, 1921-2001.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 A33 1995
Our fires still burn : the Native American experience Frost Library; E78.M67 O97
Indians and emigrants : encounters on the overland trails (Tate, Michael L.) Frost Library; E78.W5 T38 2006
Seventh generation earth ethics : native voices of Wisconsin (Loew, Patty.) Frost Library; E78.W8 L654 2014
The Great Depression and New Deal : documents decoded (Di Nunzio, Mario R., 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E806 .D543 2014
Whistle stop (White, Philip.) Frost Library; E815 .W45 2014
Lovewell's Fight : war, death, and memory in borderland New England (Cray, Robert E., author.) Frost Library; E83.72 .C76 2014
Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak or Black Hawk (Black Hawk, Sauk chief, 1767-1838.) Archives and Special Collections; E83.83 .B635 1882
Tom Horn in life and legend (Ball, Larry D., 1940-) Frost Library; E83.88.H67 B35 2014
Eisenhower : the public relations president (Parry, Pam, author.) Frost Library; E836 .P37 2014
Time it was : American stories from the sixties (Smith, Karen Manners.) Frost Library; E838.3 .S64 2008
Two days in June : John F. Kennedy and the 48 hours that made history (Cohen, Andrew, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; E842 .C59 2014
The JFK image : profiles in docudrama (Cimpean, Raluca Lucia, 1981- author.) Frost Library; E842.9 .C56 2015
The invisible bridge : the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan (Perlstein, Rick, 1969-) Frost Library; E855 .P468 2014
41 : a portrait of my father (Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E882 .B86 2014
George H. W. Bush : character at the core (Smith, Curt.) Frost Library; E882 .S63 2014
The book of elders : the life stories of great American Indians Archives and Special Collections; E89 .B66 1994
Thunders speak : biographies of nine special original people (Dowd, James, 1937-) Archives and Special Collections; E89 .D58 1999
Indian heroes and great chieftains (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939.) Archives and Special Collections; E89 .E13 1918
A son of the forest : the experience of William Apes, a native of the forest (Apess, William, 1798-1839.) Archives and Special Collections; E90.A5 A5 1831
Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world (Gillibrand, Kirsten, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.G55 A3 2014
The stranger : Barack Obama in the White House (Todd, Chuck, 1972- author.) Frost Library; E907 .T63 2014
Michelle Obama : speeches on life, love, and American values (Obama, Michelle, 1964-) Frost Library; E909.O24 A3 2009b
The National Council on Indian Opportunity : quiet champion of self-determination (Britten, Thomas A. (Thomas Anthony), 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E93 .B86 2014
Power and place : Indian education in America (Deloria, Vine.) Archives and Special Collections; E97 .D47 2001
The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock's Indians Archives and Special Collections; E97.6.M5 M2 1932
The Rapid City Indian School, 1898-1933 (Riney, Scott, 1965-) Frost Library; E97.6.R35 R56 1999
The Indians' book Archives and Special Collections; E98.F6 I46 1987
Old Indian legends (Zitkala-S̈a, 1876-1938.) Archives and Special Collections; E98.F6 Z58 1901
The red road to wellbriety in the Native American way. Frost Library; E98.L7 R42 2002
Samson Occom (Blodgett, Harold William, 1900-) Archives and Special Collections; E98.M6 O13 1935
Dancing voices : wisdom of the American Indian Archives and Special Collections; E98.P5 D36 1994
Playing Indian (Deloria, Philip Joseph.) Frost Library; E98.P99 D45 1998
They taught you wrong (Kerner, Kathy, 1948-1998, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E98.P99 K37 1995 x
The soul of the Indian : an interpretation (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939.) Archives and Special Collections; E98.R3 E15 1911
Shadowcatchers : a journey in search of the teachings of Native American healers (Wall, Steve, 1946-) Archives and Special Collections; E98.R3 W36 1994
Indians in unexpected places (Deloria, Philip Joseph.) Frost Library; E98.S67 D46 2004
Bowman's store : a journey to myself (Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.A13 B75 1997
The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800 : war, migration, and the survival of an Indian people (Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-) Frost Library; E99.A13 C36 1990
Flaming Arrow's people (Paytiamo, James.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.A16 P28 1932
Algonkians of New England : past and present Archives and Special Collections; E99.A35 A44 1993
The Apache Indians : raiders of the Southwest (Bleeker, Sonia.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.A6 B6 1951
Geronimo's story of his life (Geronimo, 1829-1909.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.A6 G3 1907
Selu : seeking the Corn-Mother's wisdom (Awiakta, Marilou, 1936-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C5 A95 1993
Cherokee editor, the writings of Elias Boudinot (Boudinot, Elias, -1839.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C5 B735 1983
The life, history, and travels, of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (George Copway) (Copway, George, 1818-1869.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 C74 1847c
The traditional history and characteristic sketches of the Ojibway Nation (Copway, George, 1818-1869.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 C82 1851
Indian life and Indian history, by an Indian author (Copway, George, 1818-1869.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 C83 1858
History of the Ojebway Indians : with especial reference to their conversion to Christianity (Jones, Peter, 1802-1856.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 J7 1861
Seasons of change : labor, treaty rights, and Ojibwe nationhood (Norrgard, Chantal.) Frost Library; E99.C6 N64 2014
Wigwam evenings : Sioux folk tales retold (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.D1 E183 1909
Wigwam evenings : Sioux folk tales retold (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.D1 E183 1918
A Delaware Indian legend and the story of their troubles (Adams, Richard C. (Richard Calmit), 1864-1921, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.D2 A2 1899
Legends of the Delaware Indians and picture writing (Adams, Richard C. (Richard Calmit), 1864-1921.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.D2 A3 1997
The way to rainy mountain (Momaday, N. Scott, 1934-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.K5 M64 1969
Indian nullification of the unconstitutional laws of Massachusetts relative to the Marshpee tribe, o (Apess, William, 1798-1839.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.M4 A6 1835
Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf : a memoir (Kaquatosh, Raymond C., 1924-) Frost Library; E99.M44 K34 2014
A little bit of wisdom : conversations with a Nez Perce elder (Axtell, Horace P., 1924-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.N5 A97 1997
Black Elk speaks : being the life story of a holy man of the Ogalala Sioux (Black Elk, 1863-1950.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.O3 B48 1932
Black Elk speaks (Black Elk, 1863-1950.) Frost Library; E99.O3 B4838 2014
Life among the Piutes : their wrongs and claims (Hopkins, Sarah Winnemucca, 1844?-1891.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.P2 H7 1883
Chief Sarah : Sarah Winnemucca's fight for Indian rights (Morrison, Dorothy Nafus.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.P2 H725 1980
Rattlesnake Mesa : stories from a Native American childhood (Weber, EdNah New Rider.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.P3 W43 2004
O-gî-mäw-kwě mit-i-gwä-kî (Queen of the woods) : also brief sketch of the Algaic language (Pokagon, Simon, 1830-1899.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.P8 P65 1899
From the deep woods to civilization : chapters in the autobiography of an Indian (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.S22 E183 1916
Indian child life (Eastman, Charles Alexander, 1858-1939.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.S22 E185 1913
Ohiyesa : Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux (Wilson, Raymond, 1945-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.S22 E188 1983
Gathering together : the Shawnee people through diaspora and nationhood, 1600-1870 (Lakomäki, Sami, author.) Frost Library; E99.S35 L34 2014