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 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 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)
  • 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).
  • 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 (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.

God, guns, gold and glory: American character and its discontents (Langman, Lauren, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .L3524 2016

The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for (McCullough, David G., author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .M1366 2017

The origins of cool in postwar America (Dinerstein, Joel, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .D566 2017

The America syndrome : apocalypse, war and our call to greatness (Hartmann, Betsy, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .H378 2017

Chuck Klosterman X : a highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century (Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .K55485 2017

The year's work in nerds, wonks, and necons Frost Library; E169.12 .Y33 2017

American Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century : A Brief History with Documents Frost Library; E183.7 .A55 2017

Cuba-U.S. relations : Obama and beyond (August, Arnold, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 A937 2017

The United States and Cuba : from closest enemies to distant friends (López Segrera, Francisco, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 L674 2017

Britain, America and the special relationship since 1941 (McKercher, B. J. C., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.G7 M179 2017

Indian lobbying and its influence in US decision making : post-cold war (Sharma, Ashok, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I4 S447 2017

Democracy and the nature of American influence in Iran, 1941-1979 (Collier, David R., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I55 C65 2017

The contractor : how I landed in a Pakistani prison and ignited a diplomatic crisis (Davis, Raymond Allen, 1974- author.) Frost Library; E183.8.P18 D38 2017

White out : understanding white privilege and dominance in the modern age (Collins, Christopher S., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C538 2017

Science, sexuality, and race in the United States and Australia, 1780-1940 (Smithers, Gregory D., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S665 2017

Trespassers? : Asian Americans and the battle for suburbia (Lung-Amam, Willow S., author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 L86 2017

Voting together : intergenerational politics and civic engagement among Hmong Americans (Wong, Carolyn, 1950- author.) Frost Library; E184.H55 W66 2017

Trans-Pacific Japanese American studies : conversations on race and racializations Frost Library; E184.J3 T73 2016

Grace after Genocide : Cambodians in the United States (Mortland, Carol A. (Carol Anne), 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E184.K45 M67 2017

Among the living and the dead : a tale of exile and homecoming on the war roads of Europe (Verzemnieks, Inara, author.) Frost Library; E184.L4 V47 2017

My (underground) American dream (Arce, Julissa, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 A73 2016

Picturing the barrio : ten Chicano photographers (Foster, David William, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 F6937 2017

The distance between us : a memoir (Grande, Reyna.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G665 2013

Islamophobia and racism in America (Love, Erik Robert, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 L68 2017

Sponsored migration : the state and Puerto Rican postwar migration to the United States (Meléndez, Edgardo, author.) Frost Library; E184.P85 M45 2017

The new Americans? : immigration, protest, and the politics of Latino identity (Mohamed, Heather Silber, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 M616 2017

Strangers in the West : the Syrian colony of New York City, 1880-1900 (Jacobs, Linda K., author.) Frost Library; E184.S98 J33 2015

What remains : searching for the memory and lost grave of John Paul Jones (Hornick, Robert N., author.) Frost Library; E207.J7 H67 2017

Scars of independence : America's violent birth (Hoock, Holger, author.) Frost Library; E209 .H657 2017

Experiencing empire : power, people, and revolution in early America Frost Library; E210 .E97 2017

Revolution against empire : taxes, politics, and the origins of American independence (Du Rivage, Justin, author.) Frost Library; E211 .D82 2017

Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American Revolution (Van Buskirk, Judith L., author.) Frost Library; E269.N3 V36 2017

The martyr and the traitor : Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution (Anderson, Virginia DeJohn, author.) Frost Library; E280.H2 A76 2017

Written out of history : the forgotten founders who fought big government (Lee, Mike, 1971- author.) Frost Library; E302.5 .L435 2017

Benjamin Franklin : the religious life of a founding father (Kidd, Thomas S., author.) Frost Library; E302.6.F8 K53 2017

A sovereign people : the crises of the 1790s and the birth of American nationalism (Berkin, Carol, author.) Frost Library; E310 .B345 2017

George Washington : the wonder of the age (Rhodehamel, John H., author.) Frost Library; E312 .R463 2017

George Washington : a life in books (Hayes, Kevin J., author.) Frost Library; E312.17 .H397 2017

Jefferson : architect of American liberty (Boles, John B., author.) Frost Library; E332 .B65 2017

Diaries (Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, author.) Frost Library; E377 .A3 2017

Patriots, prostitutes, and spies : women and the Mexican-American War (Belohlavek, John M., author.) Frost Library; E415.2.W66 B45 2017

Servants, masters and the coercion of labor (O'Rourke, David K., author.) Frost Library; E443 .O76 2016

The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo : the forgotten history of America's Dutch-owned slaves (Dewulf, Jeroen, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E445.N56 D48 2017

The fearless Benjamin Lay : the Quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist (Rediker, Marcus, author.) Frost Library; E446 .R43 2017

Theorizing race in the Americas : Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (Hooker, Juliet, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 H66 2017

The Civil War as global conflict : transnational meanings of the American Civil War Frost Library; E459 .C59 2014

Bill O'Reilly's legends & lies : The Civil War (Fisher, David, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E468.5 .F57 2017

Lincoln's lieutenants : the high command of the Army of the Potomac (Sears, Stephen W., author.) Frost Library; E470 .S43 2017

Qin lüe mei zhou : Meiguo yin di an ren zhen shi (Fountain, Kevin.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .F693 2005

To be indio in colonial Spanish America Frost Library; E59.E75 T62 2017

American Indian holocaust and survival : a population history since 1492 (Thornton, Russell, 1942-, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E59.P75 T48 1990

The sacred : ways of knowledge, sources of life (Beck, Peggy V.) Archives and Special Collections; E59.R38 B43 1977

Civil War pharmacy : a history (Flannery, Michael A., 1953-) Frost Library; E621 .F58 2017

Altogether fitting and proper (Smith, Timothy B., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E641 .S6 2017

In defense of the founders republic : critics of direct democracy in the Progressive Era Frost Library; E661 .I46 2015

American imperialism and the state, 1893-1921 (Moore, Colin D., author.) Frost Library; E713 .M84 2017

John William McCormack : a political biography (Nelson, Garrison, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; E748.M45 N45 2017

Critically sovereign : indigenous gender, sexuality, and feminist studies Frost Library; E76.8 .C75 2017

Woodrow Wilson and American internationalism (Ambrosius, Lloyd E., author.) Frost Library; E768 .A443 2017

Power without victory : Woodrow Wilson and the American internationalist experiment (Throntveit, Trygve, author.) Frost Library; E768 .T47 2017

Indians of America (Fazzini, Lillian Davids.) Archives and Special Collections; E77 .F37 1935

The strength of women : âhkamêyimowak Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 S736 2011

Homelands and empires (Lennox, Jeffers, 1980- author.) Frost Library; E78.E2 L46 2017

White birch, red hawthorn : a memoir (Murphy, Nora, author.) Frost Library; E78.M7 M87 2017

We're still here : art of Indian New England, the Children's Museum collection (Children's Museum of Boston.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N5 C48 1987 x

First fish, first people : salmon tales of the North Pacific rim Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 F47 1998

A land not forgotten : Indigenous food security & land-based practices in Northern Ontario Frost Library; E78.O5 L38 2017

Patriots & Indians : shaping identity in eighteenth-century South Carolina (Dennis, Jeff W., author.) Frost Library; E78.S6 D46 2017

The native south : new histories and enduring legacies Frost Library; E78.S65 N386 2017

Indians in the family : adoption and the politics of antebellum expansion (Peterson, Dawn, 1977- author.) Frost Library; E78.S65 P48 2017

The archaeology of houses and households in the Native Southeast (Steere, Benjamin A., 1981- author.) Frost Library; E78.S65 S725 2017

Recognizing people in the prehistoric Southwest Frost Library; E78.S7 R335 2017

God's red son : the Ghost Dance religion and the making of modern America (Warren, Louis S., author.) Frost Library; E78.W5 W35 2017

Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills (Tupper, Seth, author.) Frost Library; E792 .T86 2017

The road to Camelot : inside JFK's five-year campaign (Oliphant, Thomas, author.) Frost Library; E837.7 .O45 2017

After Aquarius dawned (Kutulas, Judy, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E839 .K88 2017

The revolution of Robert Kennedy : from power to protest after JFK (Bohrer, John R., author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 B64 2017

RFK and MLK : visions of hope, 1963-1968 (Goduti, Philip A., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 G579 2017

What happened (Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.) Frost Library; E887.C55 A3 2017

Al Franken, giant of the Senate (Franken, Al, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.F73 A3 2017

American grand strategy under Obama : competing discourses (Löfflmann, Georg, author.) Frost Library; E907 .L64 2017

Obama : the call of history (Baker, Peter, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E908 .B33 2017 x

Rising star : the making of Barack Obama (Garrow, David J., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E908 .G36 2017

Pathways for remembering and recognizing indigenous thought in education (Styres, Sandra D., 1961- author.) Frost Library; E96.2 .S89 2017

Power through testimony : reframing residential schools in the age of reconciliation Frost Library; E96.5 .P69 2017

The Land has memory Archives and Special Collections; E98.B7 L36 2008

Blood will tell : Native Americans and assimilation policy (Ellinghaus, Katherine, author.) Frost Library; E98.E85 E45 2017

Shadows of the Indian : stereotypes in American culture (Stedman, Raymond William.) Archives and Special Collections; E98.P99 S73 1982

Wielding words like weapons : selected essays in indigenism, 1995--2005 (Churchill, Ward, author.) Frost Library; E98.S67 C582 2017

Prairie rising : indigenous youth, decolonization, and the politics of intervention (Dhillon, Jaskiran, 1974- author.) Frost Library; E98.Y68 D55 2017

Cherokee in controversy : the life of Jesse Bushyhead (Wimberly, Dan B., 1948- author.) Frost Library; E99.C5 B88856 2017

Women and warriors of the plains : the pioneer photography of Julia E. Tuell (Aadland, Dan.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C53 A23 2000

Mermaids and medicine women : native myths and legends (Johnston, Basil.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C6 J637 1998

Rising Fawn and the fire mystery : a story of heritage, family and courage, 1833 (Awiakta, Marilou, 1936-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C8 A85 1993

Rising Fawn and the fire mystery (Awiakta, Marilou, 1936-) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C8 A85 2007

Who-Paddled-Backward-With-Trout (Norman, Howard A.) Archives and Special Collections; E99.C88 N67 1987

Dispossessed : the eviction of Inuit from Hebron, Labrador (Brice-Bennett, Carol, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E99.E7 B7345 2017

Basic call to consciousness Frost Library; E99.I7 B23 2005

The history of the five Indian nations depending on the province of New-York in America (Colden, Cadwallader, 1688-1776, author.) Frost Library; E99.I7 C6 2017

The clay we are made of : Haudenosaunee land tenure on the Grand River (Hill, Susan M., 1971-) Frost Library; E99.I7 H59 2017