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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Database (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 (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 (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.
  • 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.

Bending the future Frost Library; E159 .B415 2016

Why preservation matters (Page, Max, author.) Frost Library; E159 .P25 2016

National park roads : a legacy in the American landscape (Davis, Timothy, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E160 .D375 2016 xx

American enlightenments : pursuing happiness in the Age of Reason (Winterer, Caroline, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; E162 .W56 2016

Hegemony, mass media, and cultural studies (Andrews, Sean Johnson, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .A5554 2017

Dark age America : climate change, cultural collapse, and the hard future ahead (Greer, John Michael, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .G733 2016

America the anxious : how our pursuit of happiness is creating a nation of nervous wrecks (Whippman, Ruth, author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .W455 2016

American treasures (Puleo, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; E173 .P96 2016

American guides : the Federal Writers' Project and the casting of American culture (Griswold, Wendy, author.) Frost Library; E175.4.W9 G75 2016

Curating America : journeys through storyscapes of the American past (Rabinowitz, Richard, author.) Frost Library; E175.9 .R33 2016

This vast southern empire : slaveholders at the helm of American foreign policy (Karp, Matthew, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .K345 2016

Revolution and resistance : moral revolution, military might, and the end of empire (Tucker, David, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .T845 2016

Handbook of US-China relations Frost Library; E183.8.C5 H36 2016

Land without ghosts Frost Library; E183.8.C6 L36 1993

Dealing with dictators : the United States, Hungary, and East Central Europe, 1942-1989 (Borhi, László, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.H8 B6713 2016

The US-Iran relationship : the impact of political identity on foreign policy (Kinch, Penelope, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I55 K44 2016

Doomed to succeed : the U.S.-Israel relationship from Truman to Obama (Ross, Dennis, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I7 R67 2015

Obama and Kenya : contested histories and the politics of belonging (Carotenuto, Matthew, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.K4 C37 2016

Writing history from the margins : African Americans and the quest for freedom Frost Library; E184.65 .W78 2017

We gon' be alright : notes on race and resegregation (Chang, Jeff, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C4424 2016

The melancholy of race (Cheng, Anne Anlin.) Frost Library; E184.A1 C4455 2001

Radical equations : civil rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Moses, Robert Parris.) Frost Library; E184.A1 M7 2001

Obama on our minds : the impact of Obama on the psyche of America Frost Library; E184.A1 O1895 2016

Multiracialism and its discontents (Strmic-Pawl, Hephzibah Virginia, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S89 2016

Divided sovereignties : race, nationhood, and citizenship in nineteenth-century America (Zuck, Rochelle Raineri, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 Z84 2016

Letters to Uncle Sam (Rihani, Ameen Fares, 1876-1940.) Frost Library; E184.A65 R54 2001

Asian Americans on war & peace Frost Library; E184.A75 A844 2002

Reading together, reading apart : identity, belonging, and South Asian American community (Bhalla, Tamara, author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 B43 2016

Saving face : the emotional costs of the Asian immigrant family myth (Chung, Angie Y., 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 C5165 2016

Two faces of exclusion : the untold history of anti-Asian racism in the United States (Kurashige, Lon, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 K87 2016

The porcelain thief : searching the Middle Kingdom for buried China (Hsu, Huan, author.) Frost Library; E184.C5 H83 2015

Japanese American ethnicity : in search of heritage and homeland across generations (Tsuda, Takeyuki, author.) Frost Library; E184.J3 T7873 2016

Literature as history (García, Mario T., author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G3746 2016

The revolutionary imaginations of greater Mexico : Chicana (Gómez, Alan Eladio, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 G59 2016

The Latino encyclopedia Frost Library; E184.S75 L357 1996

Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America Frost Library; E185 .D66 2016 x

Atlantic politics, military strategy and the French and Indian War (Hall, Richard.) Frost Library; E199 .H35 2016

American revolutions : a continental history, 1750-1804 (Taylor, Alan, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; E208 .T36 2016

The heart of the Declaration : the founders' case for an activist government (Pincus, Steven C. A., author.) Frost Library; E221 .P56 2016

George Washington's secret spy war : the making of America's first spymaster (Nagy, John A., author.) Frost Library; E279 .N339 2016

Undisciplined : science, ethnography, and personhood in the Americas, 1830-1940 (Farooq, Nihad M., 1971-, author.) Frost Library; E29.A1 F37 2016

Patrick Henry : proclaiming a revolution (Ragosta, John A., author.) Frost Library; E302.6.H5 R65 2017

The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (Ellis, Joseph J.) Frost Library; E303 .E43 2015

Contested conventions : the struggle to establish the constitution and save the union, 1787-1789 (Yazawa, Melvin, author.) Frost Library; E303 .Y39 2016

George and Martha Washington : a revolutionary marriage (Fraser, Flora, author.) Frost Library; E312.19 .F737 2015

The Washingtons : George and Martha, "join'd by friendship, crown'd by love" (Fraser, Flora.) Frost Library; E312.19 .F85 2015

John Adams's republic : the one, the few, and the many (Ryerson, Richard Alan, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; E322 .R94 2016

The one-party presidential contest : Adams, Jackson, and 1824's five-horse race (Ratcliffe, Donald J. (Donald John), 1942-) Frost Library; E375 .R38 2015

Moral commerce : Quakers and the Transatlantic boycott of the slave labor economy (Holcomb, Julie, author.) Frost Library; E441 .H69 2016

Slavery's capitalism : a new history of American economic development Frost Library; E441 .S648 2016

Dark work : the business of slavery in Rhode Island (Clark-Pujara, Christy, author.) Frost Library; E445.R4 C55 2016

An abolitionist abroad : Sarah Parker Remond in cosmopolitan Europe (Salenius, Sirpa, author.) Frost Library; E449.R319 S25 2016

Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War (Manning, Chandra, author.) Frost Library; E453 .M24 2016

Rethinking American Emancipation : Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom Frost Library; E453 .R44 2016

Lincoln and Shakespeare (Anderegg, Michael A.) Frost Library; E457.2 .A543 2015

The Custer reader Frost Library; E467.1.C99 C85 1993

The Immortal Irishman : the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero (Egan, Timothy, author.) Frost Library; E467.1.M4 E34 2016

Food and agriculture during the Civil War (Hurt, R. Douglas, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .H87 2016

The Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War (LaBarre, Steven M., 1976-, author.) Frost Library; E513.6 5th .L33 2016

Stepdaughters of history : Southern women and the American Civil War (Clinton, Catherine, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E628 .C575 2016

McKinley, murder and the Pan-American Exposition (Pickenpaugh, Roger, author.) Frost Library; E711.9 .P53 2016

These United States : a nation in the making, 1890 to the present (Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth, author.) Frost Library; E741 .G56 2015

Deadly contradictions : the new American empire and global warring (Reyna, Stephen P., author.) Frost Library; E744 .R458 2016

A Quarter Century of War : The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990-2016 (North, David, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E745 .N68 2016

The League of Nations and the refugees from Nazi Germany : James G. McDonald and Hitler's victims (Burgess, Greg, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E748.M1475 B87 2016

Theodore the great : conservative crusader (Ruddy, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; E757 .R937 2016

Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story : Teaching American Indian Rhetorics Frost Library; E76.6 .S87 2015

"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans (Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E76.8 .D85 2016

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States (Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-) Frost Library; E76.8 .D86 2014

Let the people rule : Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary (Cowan, Geoffrey, author.) Frost Library; E765 .C69 2016

Woodrow Wilson : ruling elder, spiritual president (Hankins, Barry, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E767.1 .H36 2016

First Coastal Californians Frost Library; E78.C15 F55 2015

Amulets, effigies, fetishes, and charms (Lenik, Edward J., 1932-, author.) Frost Library; E78.E2 L44 2016

Great Plains Indians (Wishart, David J., 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E78.G73 W55 2016

Firsting and lasting : writing Indians out of existence in New England (O'Brien, Jean M., author.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N5 O35 2010

People of the totem : the Indians of the Pacific Northwest (Bancroft-Hunt, Norman.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.N78 B36 1988 x

Sacred encounters : Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain west (Peterson, Jacqueline, 1943-) Archives and Special Collections; E78.R63 P47 1993 x

A listening wind : Native literature from the Southeast Frost Library; E78.S65 L58 2016

Looking back at the Jazz Age : new essays on the literature and legacy of an iconic decade Frost Library; E784 .L66 2016

Herbert Hoover and the commodification of middle-class America : an American promise (Agran, Edward Gale, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; E802 .A65 2016

New Deal photography : USA 1935-1943 Frost Library; E806 .N424 2016

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt (Lelyveld, Joseph, author.) Frost Library; E807 .L37 2016

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady (Quinn, Susan, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; E807.1.R48 Q56 2016

"Hang them all" : George Wright and the Plateau Indian War (Cutler, Donald L., 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E83.84 .C87 2016

The military conquest of the prairie : Native American resistance, evasion and survival, 1865-1890 (Petersen, Tore T., 1954-, author.) Frost Library; E83.866 .P48 2016

Powder River : disastrous opening of the Great Sioux War (Hedren, Paul L., author.) Frost Library; E83.876 .H417 2016

Liking Ike : Eisenhower, advertising, and the rise of celebrity politics (Blake, David Haven, author.) Frost Library; E835 .B53 2016

Ike's gamble : America's rise to dominance in the Middle East (Doran, Michael Scott, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; E836 .D67 2016

Culture war : how the '90s made us who we are today (whether we like it or not) (Davidson, Telly R., author.) Frost Library; E839.5 .D38 2016

Origins of the warfare state : World War II and the transformation of American politics (Boggs, Carl, author.) Frost Library; E840 .B64 2017

Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon (Tye, Larry, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.K4 T94 2016

March. Book one (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2013

March. Book two (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2015

March. Book three (Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.L43 A3 2016

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth (Byrne, Paula, author.) Frost Library; E843.K45 B96 2016

Massacre on the Merrimack : Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America (Atkinson, Jay, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E87 .D97 2015

Man of the world : the further endeavors of Bill Clinton (Conason, Joe, author.) Frost Library; E886 .C66 2016

Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history (Riley, Russell L. (Russell Lynn), 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E886 .R55 2016

The evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Huber, Sonya, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; E887.C55 H83 2016

Strong hearts : Native American visions and voices Archives and Special Collections; E89 .S87 1995 x