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 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.
  • 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 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.
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).
  • 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
    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

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

Feast of excess : a cultural history of the New Sensibility (Cotkin, George, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .C645 2016

Republic of spin : an inside history of the American presidency (Greenberg, David, 1968-) Frost Library; E176.1 .G824 2016

The American president : from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton (Leuchtenburg, William E. (William Edward), 1922-, author.) Frost Library; E176.1 .L377 2015

Groundless : rumors, legends, and hoaxes on the early American frontier (Dowd, Gregory Evans, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E179 .D685 2015

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

Privateers of the Americas (Head, David, Ph. D.) Frost Library; E182 .H44 2015

Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution (Perl-Rosenthal, Nathan, 1982-) Frost Library; E182 .P435 2015

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

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

American pendulum : recurring debates in U.S. grand strategy (Hemmer, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael), 1969-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .H416 2015

A delicate relationship : the United States and Burma (Clymer, Kenton J., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.B93 C55 2015

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

Metroimperial Intimacies (Mendoza, Victor Román, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.P6 M46 2015

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

Spying through a glass darkly : American espionage against the Soviet Union, 1945-1946 (Alvarez, David J.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 A555 2016

From different shores : perspectives on race and ethnicity in America Archives and Special Collections; E184.A1 F745 1994

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

We too sing America : South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial future (Iyer, Deepa (Deepa Vasudeva), 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 I94 2015

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

Asian American society : an encyclopedia Frost Library; E184.A75 A84167 2014

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

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

Strangers on familiar soil : rediscovering the chile-california connection (Melillo, Edward D.) Frost Library; E184.C4 M45 2015

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

Fashioning diaspora : beauty, femininity, and South Asian American culture (Reddy, Vanita, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E184.E2 R43 2015

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

Amada's blessings from the peyote gardens of South Texas (Schaefer, Stacy B., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 S322 2015

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

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

Hodges' Scout : a lost patrol of the French and Indian War (Travers, Len, 1952-) Frost Library; E199 .T73 2015

Gold Coast diasporas : identity, culture, and power (Rucker, Walter C., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E29.A43 R83 2015

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

The founding fathers : a very short introduction (Bernstein, Richard B., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E302.5 .B46 2015

Benjamin Franklin in London : The British life of America's founding father (Goodwin, George.) Frost Library; E302.6.F8 G66 2016

Commons democracy : reading the politics of participation in the early United States (Nelson, Dana D., author.) Frost Library; E310 .N45 2016

Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington administration (Holloway, Carson, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; E311 .H65 2015

James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Bailey, Jeremy D., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E342 .B235 2015

Privateering : Patriots and Profits in the War of 1812 (Kert, Faye, author.) Frost Library; E360 .K46 2015

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

Memories of the enslaved : voices from the slave narratives Frost Library; E444 .M46 2015

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

Memories of Madagascar and slavery in the Black Atlantic (Wilson-Fall, Wendy, author.) Frost Library; E446 .W69 2015

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

A fluid frontier Frost Library; E450 .F58 2016

The Underground Railroad (Hillstrom, Laurie Collier, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; E450 .H633 2015

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

Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America (Stiles, T. J., author.) Frost Library; E467.1.C99 S76 2015

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

The triumph of William McKinley : why the election of 1896 still matters (Rove, Karl, author.) Frost Library; E710 .R87 2015

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

The autobiography of Leverett Saltonstall : Massachusetts governor, U.S. senator, and Yankee icon (Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979, author.) Frost Library; E748.S24 A37 2015

Teddy Roosevelt in California : the whistle stop tour that changed America (Epting, Chris, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; E757 .E58 2015

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

Buried roots and indestructible seeds Archives and Special Collections; E77 .B95 1994

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

Transnational Indians in the North American West Frost Library; E77.2 .T73 2015

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

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

The Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory Frost Library; E78.I5 C53 2015

The Saltwater frontier : Indians and the contest for the American coast (Lipman, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; E78.N5 L57 2015

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

Ancestral mounds : vitality and volatility of Native America (Miller, Jay, 1947-) Frost Library; E78.O45 M45 2015

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

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

Native peoples of the Olympic Peninsula : who we are (Olympic Peninsula Intertribal Cultural Advisory Committee, author.) Frost Library; E78.W3 O47 2015

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt (Daniels, Roger, author.) Frost Library; E807 .D336 2015

Truman, Congress, and Korea : the politics of America's first undeclared war (Blomstedt, Larry, author.) Frost Library; E813 .B56 2016

Forging a Cherokee-American alliance in the Creek War : from creation to betrayal (Abram, Susan M.) Frost Library; E83.813 .A27 2015

Blood on the Marias : the Baker Massacre (Wylie, Paul R., 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E83.866 .W95 2016