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.

Beardmore : the Viking hoax that rewrote history (Hunter, Doug, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; E105 .H86 2018

Heading for the scene of the crash : the cultural analysis of America (Drummond, Lee, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .D78 2018

How to reach Japan by subway : America's fascination with Japanese culture, 1945-1965 (Mettler, Meghan Warner, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .M48 2018

The Cherokee Strip : a tale of an Oklahoma boyhood (James, Marquis, 1891-1955.) Archives and Special Collections; E175.5.J3 A3 1945

These truths : a history of the United States (Lepore, Jill, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; E178 .L57 2018

To master the boundless sea : the U.S. Navy, the marine environment, and the cartography of empire (Smith, Jason W. (Jason Wirth), 1982-, author.) Frost Library; E182 .S574 2018

Enemies of the state : the radical right in America from FDR to Trump (Mulloy, D. J., author.) Frost Library; E183 .M878 2018

Diplomacy meets migration : US relations with Cuba during the Cold War (Kami, Hideaki, 1984- author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 K36 2018

Arab-Israeli diplomacy under Carter : the US, Israel and the Palestinians (Jensehaugen, Jørgen, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I75 J46 2018

The Russians are coming, again : the first cold war as tragedy, the second as farce (Kuzmarov, Jeremy, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.R9 K89 2018

From Cold War to hot peace : an American ambassador in Putin's Russia (McFaul, Michael, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.R9 M235 2018

1983 : the world at the brink (Downing, Taylor, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 D69 2018

The White working class : what everyone needs to know® (Gest, Justin, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 G424 2018

White kids : growing up with privilege in a racially divided America (Hagerman, Margaret A., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 H185 2018

Rising out of hatred : the awakening of a former white nationalist (Saslow, Eli, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S245 2018

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, 1900-2017 Frost Library; E184.A75 A855 2017

Constituting Central American-Americans : transnational identities and the politics of dislocation (Cardenas, Maritza E., author.) Frost Library; E184.C34 C37 2018

The Chinese Exclusion Act Frost Library; E184.C5 A44

Migrant longing : letter writing across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (Chávez-García, Miroslava, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 C3838 2018

Chicana movidas : new narratives of activism and feminism in the movement era Frost Library; E184.M5 C395 2018

Homelands : four friends, two countries, and the fate of the great Mexican-American migration (Corchado, Alfredo, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 C67 2018

Mexicanos in Oregon : their stories, their lives (Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda, 1942-) Frost Library; E184.M5 G647 2010

Before Chicano : citizenship and the making of Mexican American manhood, 1848-1959 (Varon, Alberto, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 V3435 2018

Yo soy Chicano [videorecording] Frost Library; E184.M5 Y62

Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment : picturing the enemy (Gottschalk, Peter, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 G68 2019

Forever suspect : racialized surveillance of Muslim Americans in the War on Terror (Selod, Saher, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 S37 2018

The Latino question : politics, labouring classes and the next Left (Ibarra, Armando (Professor), author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 I23 2018

¡Presente! : Latin@ immigrant voices in the struggle for racial justice Frost Library; E184.S75 P747 2014

Defining moments in Black history : reading between the lies (Gregory, Dick, author.) Frost Library; E185 .G759 2017

Those turbulent sons of freedom : Ethan Allen's Green Mountain boys and the American Revolution (Wren, Christopher S. (Christopher Sale), 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E263.V5 W74 2018

Answering the cry for freedom : stories of African Americans and the American Revolution (Woelfle, Gretchen, author.) Frost Library; E269.N3 W64 2016

Turncoat : Benedict Arnold and the crisis of American liberty (Brumwell, Stephen, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; E278.A7 B78 2018

The tragedy of Benedict Arnold : an American life (Malcolm, Joyce Lee, author.) Frost Library; E278.A7 M35 2018

Hamilton : an American biography (Williams, Tony, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.H2 W734 2018

The price of greatness : Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the creation of American oligarchy (Cost, Jay, author.) Frost Library; E310 .C795 2018

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father (Stark, Peter, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E312.2 .S79 2018

The strategy of victory : how General George Washington won the American Revolution (Fleming, Thomas J., author.) Frost Library; E312.25 .F67 2017

Jefferson on display : attire, etiquette, and the art of presentation (Wilson, G. S. (Gaye), author.) Frost Library; E332.2 .W576 2018

Henry Clay : the man who would be president (Klotter, James C., author.) Frost Library; E340.C6 K57 2018

The Webster-Hayne Debate : defining nationhood in the early American republic (Childers, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; E384.3 .C55 2018

An American quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery (May, Rachel (Rachel Suzanne) author.) Frost Library; E441 .M433 2018

Unrequited toil : a history of United States slavery (Schermerhorn, Calvin, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; E441 .S34 2018

Contesting slave masculinity in the American South (Doddington, David Stefan, 1986- author.) Frost Library; E443 .D63 2018

The road to dawn : Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War (Brock, Jared, author.) Frost Library; E444.H526 B76 2018

Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts (Romer, Robert H.) Frost Library; E445.M4 R65 2009

Making a slave state : political development in early South Carolina (Quintana, Ryan A. (Ryan Alexander) author.) Frost Library; E445.S7 Q85 2018

Abolitionism : a very short introduction (Newman, Richard S., author.) Frost Library; E449 .N66 2018

If I survive (Bernier, Celeste-Marie, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 B47 2018

Frederick Douglass, a psychobiography (Gibson, Danjuma G., author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 G53 2018

A political companion to Frederick Douglass Frost Library; E449.D75 P65 2018

Standing soldiers, kneeling slaves : race, war, and monument in nineteenth-century America (Savage, Kirk, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .S28 2018

Fighting means killing : Civil War soldiers and the nature of combat (Steplyk, Jonathan M., author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .S857 2018

Ambivalent nation : how Britain imagined the American Civil War (Dubrulle, Hugh, 1968- author.) Frost Library; E469.8 .D83 2018

A family and nation under fire : the Civil War letters and journals of William and Joseph Medill Frost Library; E601 .F19 2018

Dear Courier : the Civil War correspondence of editor Melvin Dwinell (Dwinell, M. (Melvin), 1825-1887, author.) Frost Library; E605 .D95 2018

Reconstruction : a concise history (Guelzo, Allen C., author.) Frost Library; E668 .G89 2018

Huang Dayuan, Yuan Jian zhu bian ; Tang Xiaofeng, Yao Dali deng deng zhu. (Tang, Xiaofeng, 1948- author. 唐晓峰, 1948- author.) Frost Library; E748.L34 T363 2017

95 and 6 to go Frost Library; E748.T254 A3

William Howard Taft (Rosen, Jeffrey, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E762 .R58 2018

The moralist : Woodrow Wilson and the world he made (O'Toole, Patricia, author.) Frost Library; E767 .O95 2018

Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask (Treuer, Anton.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .T795 2012

Atlas of a lost world : travels in ice age America (Childs, Craig, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E77.9 .C55 2018

Reservations, removal, and reform : the mission Indian agents of southern California, 1878-1903 (Mathes, Valerie Sherer, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; E78.C15 M38 2018

Indigenous nationals (Courchene, Thomas J., author.) Frost Library; E78.C2 C68 2018

Power in the telling : Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, and intertribal relations in the casino era (Colley, Brook, author.) Frost Library; E78.O6 C635 2018

Early rock art of the American West : the geometric enigma (Malotki, Ekkehart, author.) Frost Library; E78.W5 M27 2018

The accidental president : Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world (Baime, A. J. (Albert J.) author.) Frost Library; E814 .B35 2017

Rising star, setting sun (Shaw, John, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E835 .S48 2018

Oceans ventured : winning the Cold War at sea (Lehman, John F., author.) Frost Library; E840 .L418 2018

Kissinger the negotiator : lessons from dealmaking at the highest level (Sebenius, James K., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K58 S43 2018

The restless wave : good times, just causes, great fights, and other appreciations (McCain, John, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.M467 A3 2018

How Bernie won : inside the revolution to take back our country – and where we go from here (Weaver, Jeff, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.S26 W43 2018

1968 : the rise and fall of the new American Revolution (Cottrell, Robert C., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E846 .C67 2018

The contest : the 1968 election and the war for America's soul (Schumacher, Michael, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E851 .S38 2018

President Carter : the White House years (Eizenstat, Stuart, author.) Frost Library; E872 .E39 2018

Three days in Moscow : Ronald Reagan and the fall of the Soviet empire (Baier, Bret, author.) Frost Library; E876 .B35 2018

Selling Reagan's foreign policy : going public vs. executive bargaining (Kane, N. Stephen, author.) Frost Library; E876 .K344 2018

Clinton's War on Terror : Redefining US Security Strategy, 1993-2001 (Boys, James D., author.) Frost Library; E885 .B69 2018

Street-gang and tribal-warrior autobiographies (Brumble, H. David, author.) Frost Library; E89.5 .B787 2018

The conflicted superpower : America's collaboration with China and India in global innovation (Kennedy, Andrew Bingham, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E895 .K46 2018

Son of Old Man Hat ; a Navaho autobiography (Left Handed, 1868-) Archives and Special Collections; E90.L4 L5 1967

The great revolt : inside the populist coalition reshaping American politics (Zito, Salena, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 Z57 2018

Obama : an oral history 2009-2017 (Abrams, Brian (Journalist), author.) Frost Library; E907 .A27 2018

The presidency of Barack Obama : a first historical assessment Frost Library; E907 .P735 2018

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House (Rhodes, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; E907 .R463 2018b

Native but foreign : indigenous immigrants and refugees in the North American borderlands (Rensink, Brenden W., author.) Frost Library; E91 .R46 2018

Crashing the party : from the Sanders campaign to a progressive movement (Gautney, Heather, author.) Frost Library; E911 .G38 2018

The Russia hoax : the illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump (Jarrett, Gregg, author.) Frost Library; E911 .J37 2018

Kompromat : how Russia undermined American democracy (Pegues, Jeff, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E911 .P44 2018

Donald J. Trump : a president like no other (Black, Conrad, author.) Frost Library; E912 .B56 2018

American discontent : the rise of Donald Trump and decline of the golden age (Campbell, John L., 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .C38 2018

The fifth risk (Lewis, Michael (Michael M.) author.) Frost Library; E912 .L48 2018

The resistance : the dawn of the anti-Trump opposition movement Frost Library; E912 .R47 2018

Fear : Trump in the White House (Woodward, Bob, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E912 .W66 2018

The Trump White House : changing the rules of the game (Kessler, Ronald, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E913 .K47 2018

Born Trump : inside America's first family (Fox, Emily Jane, author.) Frost Library; E914 .F69 2018

Decolonizing Native American rhetoric : communicating self-determination Frost Library; E93 .D343 2018

Shadows of Sherman Institute : a photographic history of the Indian school on Magnolia avenue (Trafzer, Clifford E., author.) Archives and Special Collections; E97.6.S54 T73 2017 x

How the West was drawn : mapping, Indians, and the construction of the trans-Mississippi West (Bernstein, David, 1973- author.) Frost Library; E98.C17 B47 2018

The creator's game : lacrosse, identity, and Indigenous nationhood (Downey, Allan, 1985- author.) Frost Library; E98.G2 D69 2018