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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).
  • 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
    Over 8,000 videos covering a wide variety of subject areas from producers such as the BBC, Criterion, PBS, and Kino Lorber.
  • 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.

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