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.
    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.

Primary Sources

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.

New Titles

Esteban : the African slave who explored America (Herrick, Dennis F., author.) Frost Library; E125.E8 H47 2018

American cultural history : a very short introduction (Avila, Eric, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .A98 2018

Inventing American tradition : from the Mayflower to Cinco de Mayo (Eller, Jack David, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .E55 2018

Looming Civil War : how nineteenth-century Americans imagined the future (Phillips, Jason, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .P5435 2018

When the world broke in two : the roaring twenties and the dawn of America's culture wars (Ryan, Erica J., 1976-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .R946 2018

The sky is falling (Biskind, Peter, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .B57 2018

Rebuilding an enlightened world : folklorizing America (Ivey, Bill J., 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .I94 2018

Epic fails : the Edsel, the mullet, and other icons of unpopular culture (Murguía, Salvador Jimenez, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .M866 2018

Provocations : collected essays (Paglia, Camille, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .P325 2018

A nation forged by crisis : a new American history (Sexton, Jay, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; E175 .S45 2018

Zinnophobia : the battle over history in education, politics, and scholarship (Detmer, David, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E175.5.Z56 D48 2018

Myths America lives by : white supremacy and the stories that give us meaning (Hughes, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E175.9 .H84 2018

Hatred of America's presidents : personal attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump Frost Library; E176.1 .H39 2018

A history of America in 100 maps (Schulten, Susan, author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .S36 2018 x

Fascism : why not here? (Fogarty, Brian E.) Frost Library; E183 .F64 2009

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

Our American Israel : the story of an entangled alliance (Kaplan, Amy, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I7 K36 2018

Mexico : background, issues and recent developments Frost Library; E183.8.M6 M49 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

Rising titans, falling giants : how great powers exploit power shifts (Shifrinson, Joshua R. Itzkowitz, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 S5435 2018

Colonial complexions : race and bodies in eighteenth-century America (Block, Sharon, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 B559 2018

Reimagining equality : a new deal for children of color (Dowd, Nancy E., 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 D69 2018

Broken chains and subverted plans : ethnicity, race, and commodities (Fennell, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 F454 2017

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

Extraordinary racial politics : four events in the informal Constitution of the United States (Lee, Fred, 1979- author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 L414 2018

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

The fight for Asian American civil rights : liberal Protestant activism, 1900-1950 (Griffith, Sarah Marie, author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 G75 2018

Migration and Vodou (Richman, Karen E., author.) Frost Library; E184.H27 R53 2018

Albert Luthuli (Vinson, Robert Trent, author.) Frost Library; E184.H95 V56 2018

Irish transatlantics, 1980-2015 (O'Carroll, Ide, author.) Frost Library; E184.I6 O336 2018

Distant islands : the Japanese American community in New York City, 1876-1930s (Inouye, Daniel H., author.) Frost Library; E184.J3 I66 2018

Bravo your life! (Burzlaff, Mi Soon.) Frost Library; E184.K6 B87 2010

The Korean-American dream : portraits of a successful immigrant community (Flanigan, James, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E184.K6 F55 2018

Korean American families in immigrant America : how teens and parents navigate race (Okazaki, Sumie, author.) Frost Library; E184.K6 O44 2018

Melungeon portraits : exploring kinship and identity (Stachowicz, Tamara L., 1963- author.) Frost Library; E184.M44 S73 2018

Documents of the Chicano movement (Bruns, Roger A., 1941-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 B763 2018

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

A dream called home : a memoir (Grande, Reyna, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G664 2018

How does it feel to be unwanted? (Truax, Eileen, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 T78 2018

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

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

Puerto Ricans in the United States : a contemporary portrait (Acosta-Belén, Edna, author.) Frost Library; E184.P85 A23 2018

Borderline citizens : the United States, Puerto Rico, and the politics of colonial migration (McGreevey, Robert, author.) Frost Library; E184.P85 M38 2018

Rethinking the struggle for Puerto Rican rights (Thomas, Lorrin, author.) Frost Library; E184.P85 T47 2019

The far away brothers : two young migrants and the making of an American life (Markham, Lauren, author.) Frost Library; E184.S15 M37 2017

Not quite not white : losing and finding race in America (Sen, Sharmila, author.) Frost Library; E184.S69 S46 2018

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

Latinx : the new force in American politics and culture (Morales, Ed, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 M666 2018

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

Black flags, blue waters : the epic history of America's most notorious pirates (Dolin, Eric Jay, author.) Frost Library; E188 .D66 2018

Apostles of revolution (Ferling, John E., author.) Frost Library; E210 . F44 2018

Valley Forge (Drury, Bob, author.) Frost Library; E234 .D78 2018

Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero (Di Spigna, Christian, author.) Frost Library; E263.M4 W235 2018

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

God against the revolution : the loyalist clergy's case against the American Revolution (Frazer, Gregg L., author.) Frost Library; E277 .F885 2018

Moving against the system Frost Library; E29.N3 M68 2018

Long road to Harper's Ferry : the rise of the first American left (Lause, Mark A., author.) Frost Library; E302.1 .L38 2018

Young Benjamin Franklin : the birth of ingenuity (Bunker, Nick, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.F8 B8833 2018

Rush : revolution, madness, and the visionary doctor who became a founding father (Fried, Stephen, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.R85 F75 2018

Dr. Benjamin Rush : the founding father who healed a wounded nation (Unger, Harlow G., 1931-) Frost Library; E302.6.R85 U55 2018

Jefferson and the Virginians : democracy, constitutions, and empire (Onuf, Peter S., author.) Frost Library; E332.2 .O57 2018

Daniel Webster : defender of peace (Rakestraw, Donald A. (Donald Allen), 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E340.W4 R25 2018

The coming of democracy : presidential campaigning in the age of Jackson (Cheathem, Mark Renfred, author.) Frost Library; E390 .C47 2018

Slavery in the North : forgetting history and recovering memory (Ross, Marc Howard, author.) Frost Library; E441 .R797 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

When rape was legal : the untold history of sexual violence during slavery (Feinstein, Rachel A., author.) Frost Library; E443 .F45 2018

Masters of violence (Stubbs, Tristan, author.) Frost Library; E443 .S88 2018

The alchemy of slavery : human bondage and emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730-1865 (Heerman, M. Scott, author.) Frost Library; E445.I2 H44 2018

Invisible masters : gender, race, and the economy of service in early New England (Ceppi, Elisabeth, author.) Frost Library; E446 .C47 2018

Representations of slavery in children's picture books (Rogers, Raphael, author.) Frost Library; E446 .E64 2018

The speeches of Frederick Douglass : a critical edition (Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895, author.) Frost Library; E449 .D68 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 : prophet of freedom (Blight, David W., author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 B557 2018

Fugitive slaves and spaces of freedom in North America Frost Library; E450 .F957 2018

Embattled freedom : journeys through the Civil War's slave refugee camps (Taylor, Amy Murrell, author.) Frost Library; E453 .T18 2018

Becoming Lincoln (Freehling, William W., 1935-, author.) Frost Library; E457.35 .F74 2018

The calculus of violence : how Americans fought the Civil War (Sheehan-Dean, Aaron Charles, author.) Frost Library; E468 .S35 2018

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

At the forefront of Lee's invasion (Wynstra, Robert J., author.) Frost Library; E475.51 .W96 2018

Fighting for Atlanta : tactics, terrain, and trenches in the Civil War (Hess, Earl J., author.) Frost Library; E476.7 .H4654 2018

Held in the highest esteem by all Frost Library; E601 .C465 2018

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

War matters : material culture in the Civil War era Frost Library; E646.5 .W36 2018

Bringing down the Colonel (Miller, Patricia, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E664.P75 M55 2018

McCarthyism in the suburbs : Quakers, communists, and the children's librarian (Hepler, Allison L., author.) Frost Library; E743.5 .H45 2018

The jungle grows back : America and our imperiled world (Kagan, Robert, author.) Frost Library; E744 .K147 2018

The rise and decline of the American century (Walker, William O., III, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E744 .W24 2018

The world turned upside down : maintaining American leadership in a dangerous age Frost Library; E744 .W67 2017

Crash course : from the good war to the forever war (Franklin, H. Bruce (Howard Bruce), 1934-, author.) Frost Library; E745 .F73 2018

Albert Gore, Sr. : a political life (Badger, Anthony J., author.) Frost Library; E748.G689 B33 2019

Hubert Humphrey : the conscience of the country (Offner, Arnold A., author.) Frost Library; E748.H945 O34 2018

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

TR's last war : Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a journey of triumph and tragedy (Pietrusza, David, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E757 .P56 2018

Indians in the United States and Canada : a comparative history, second edition (Nichols, Roger L., author.) Frost Library; E77 .N554 2018

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

American apartheid : the Native American struggle for self-determination and inclusion (Woodard, Stephanie, author.) Frost Library; E77 .W66 2018

Relic hunters : archaeology and the public in 19th century America (Snead, James E. (James Elliott), 1962-, author.) Frost Library; E77.9 .S55 2018