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.
  • JSTOR
    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.
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.

Marked, unmarked, remembered (Lichtenstein, Andrew, 1965-, photographer.) Frost Library; E159 .L53 2017

In the looking glass : mirrors and identity in early America (Shrum, Rebecca K. (Rebecca Kathleen), 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E162 .S557 2017

After American studies : rethinking the legacies of transnational exceptionalism (Herlihy-Mera, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .H364 2018

American mourning : tragedy, democracy, resilience (Stow, Simon, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .S76 2016

Prosthetic memory : the transformation of American remembrance in the age of mass culture (Landsberg, Alison.) Frost Library; E169.12 .L338 2004

Consuming Japan : popular culture and the globalizing of 1980s America (McKevitt, Andrew C., author.) Frost Library; E169.12 .M39 2017

Carter G. Woodson : history, the Black press, and public relations (Morris, Burnis Reginald, author.) Frost Library; E175.5.W65 M67 2017

Religion and the American presidency Frost Library; E176.1 .R37 2018

Ultimate insiders : White House photographers and how they shape history (Walsh, Kenneth T., author.) Frost Library; E176.47 .W35 2018

The American elsewhere : adventure and manliness in the age of expansion (Bryan, Jimmy L., author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .B79 2017

Fighting for credibility : US reputation and international politics (Harvey, Frank P. (Frank Paul), 1962- author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .H26 2016

Safeguarding democratic capitalism : U.S. foreign policy and national security, 1920-2015 (Leffler, Melvyn P., 1945-, author.) Frost Library; E183.7 .L44 2017

Counterinsurgency wars and the Anglo-American alliance : the special relationship on the rocks (Mumford, Andrew, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.G7 M86 2017

After Saddam : American foreign policy and the destruction of secularism in the Middle East (Badie, Dina, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.I57 B33 2017

Many voices, one nation : material culture reflections on race and migration in the United States Frost Library; E184.A1 A288 2017

Realizing the civil rights dream : diagnosing and treating American racism (Bedell, Kenneth B., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 B335 2017

Understanding racist activism : theory, methods, and research (Blee, Kathleen M., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 B5583 2018

Race & racisms : a critical approach (Golash-Boza, Tanya Maria.) Frost Library; E184.A1 G565 2015

Making sense of the alt-right (Hawley, George (Political scientist) author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 H3377 2017

Real American : a memoir (Lythcott-Haims, Julie, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 L967 2017

The psychology of racial colorblindness : a critical review (Mazzocco, Philip J., author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 M343 2017

Race in America : how a pseudoscientific concept shaped human interaction Frost Library; E184.A1 R293 2017

Race and America's long war (Singh, Nikhil Pal, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 S613 2017

We wear the mask : 15 true stories of passing in America Frost Library; E184.A1 W327 2017

The religion of white supremacy in the United States (Weed, Eric Arden, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 W338 2017

A different shade of justice : Asian Americans civil rights in the South (Hinnershitz, Stephanie, 1984- author.) Frost Library; E184.A75 H56 2017

Modern societal impacts of the model minority stereotype Frost Library; E184.A75 M63 2015

English ethnicity & culture in North America Frost Library; E184.B7 E53 2017

Stories of identity among black, middle class, second generation Caribbeans (Lorick-Wilmot, Yndia S., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; E184.C27 L665 2018

Okinawa's GI brides : their lives in America (Crissey, Etsuko Takushi, author.) Frost Library; E184.J3 C7513 2017

They should stay there (Alanís Enciso, Fernando Saúl, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 A65313 2017

Toward a Chican@ hip hop anticolonialism (McFarland, Pancho, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 M24 2018

Keeping it halal : the everyday lives of Muslim American teenage boys (O'Brien, John (John Hoffman), 1973-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 O27 2017

Service in a time of suspicion : experiences of Muslims serving in the U.S. military post-9 (Sandhoff, Michelle, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 S26 2017

Citizens but not Americans : race and belonging among Latino millennials (Flores-González, Nilda, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 F56 2017

Latino leaders speak : personal stories of struggle and triumph Frost Library; E184.S75 L36232 2017

The new Latino studies reader : a twenty-first-century perspective Frost Library; E184.S75 N49 2016

Latinos in the United States (Stavans, Ilan, author.) Frost Library; E184.S75 S763 2018

Flavors of empire : food and the making of Thai America (Padoongpatt, Mark, author.) Frost Library; E184.T4 P33 2017

The best we could do : an illustrated memoir (Bui, Thi, author, artist.) Frost Library; E184.V53 B85 2017

Becoming refugee American : the politics of rescue in Little Saigon (Nguyen, Phuong Tran, author.) Frost Library; E184.V53 N48 2017

The Revolutionary War lives and letters of Lucy and Henry Knox (Knox, Henry, 1750-1806, author.) Frost Library; E207.K74 A4 2017

Killing England : the brutal struggle for American independence (O'Reilly, Bill, author.) Frost Library; E208 .O75 2017

The expanding blaze : how the American Revolution ignited the world, 1775-1848 (Israel, Jonathan I. (Jonathan Irvine), 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E209 .I87 2017

How the French saved America (Shachtman, Tom, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; E265 .S44 2017

First founding father : Richard Henry Lee and the call to independence (Unger, Harlow G., 1931-, author.) Frost Library; E302.6.L4 U54 2017

The Burr conspiracy : uncovering the story of an early American crisis (Lewis, James E., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E334 .L49 2017

To the walls of Derne : William Eaton, the Tripoli Coup and the end of the First Barbary War (Reid, Chipp, author.) Frost Library; E335 .R453 2017

The Routledge history of nineteenth-century America Frost Library; E337.5 .R68 2018

Warring for America : cultural contests in the era of 1812 Frost Library; E354 .W394 2017

Andrew Jackson and the miracle of New Orleans : the battle that shaped America's destiny (Kilmeade, Brian, author.) Frost Library; E356.N5 K55 2017

The lost founding father : John Quincy Adams and the transformation of American politics (Cooper, William J., Jr. (William James), 1940-, author.) Frost Library; E377 .C675 2017

John Quincy Adams and the gag rule, 1835-1850 (Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; E377 .H75 2017

The dead march : a history of the Mexican-American War (Guardino, Peter, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; E404 .G83 2017

Making an antislavery nation : Lincoln, Douglas, and the battle over freedom (Peck, Graham A., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; E449 .P39 2017

Through darkness to light : photographs along the underground railroad : a photographic essay (Michna-Bales, Jeanine, author, photographer.) Frost Library; E450 .M58 2017 x

Lincoln's sense of humor (Carwardine, Richard, author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .C355 2017

Shooting Lincoln (Pistor, Nicholas J. C., author.) Frost Library; E457.5 .P57 2017

Borderland narratives Frost Library; E46 .B67 2017

A cold welcome : the Little Ice Age and Europe's encounter with North America (White, Sam, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; E46 .W48 2017

Civil War memories : contesting the past in the United States since 1865 (Cook, Robert J., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .C559 2017

Americans remember their Civil War (Gannon, Barbara A., author.) Frost Library; E468.9 .G365 2017

The thin light of freedom : the Civil War and emancipation in the heart of America (Ayers, Edward L., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E470.2 .A94 2017

The greatest trials I ever had : the Civil War letters of Margaret and Thomas Cahill (Cahill, Thomas, 1827-1869, author.) Frost Library; E499.5 9th .C34 2017

Muskets & applejack : spirits, soldiers, and the Civil War (Will-Weber, Mark, author.) Frost Library; E607 .W54 2017

Fighting in the shadows : untold stories of deaf people in the Civil War (Lang, Harry G., author.) Frost Library; E627 .L36 2017 x

Interpreting the Civil War at museums and historic sites Frost Library; E646 .L48 2017

The presidency of Ulysses S. Grant (Calhoun, Charles W. (Charles William), 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E671 .C25 2017

Creating the American century (Sklar, Martin J., 1935-, author.) Frost Library; E744 .S566 2017

The history of United States cultural diplomacy : 1770 to the present day (Krenn, Michael L., 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E744.5 .K74 2017

Legible sovereignties : rhetoric, representations, and Native American museums (King, Lisa (Lisa Michelle) author.) Frost Library; E76.85 .K56 2017

Native space : geographic strategies to unsettle settler colonialism (Barnd, Natchee Blu, author.) Frost Library; E77 .B22 2017

Native America : a history (Oberg, Michael Leroy, author.) Frost Library; E77 .O24 2018

Officially Indian : symbols that define the United States (Ganteaume, Cécile R., author.) Frost Library; E77.5 .G37 2017

An American genocide : the United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Madley, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; E78.C15 M33 2016

The trickster shift : humour and irony in contemporary native art (Ryan, Allan J.) Archives and Special Collections; E78.C2 R93 1999 x

Plainview : the enigmatic Paleoindian artifact style of the Great Plains Frost Library; E78.G73 P57 2017

Hoover : an extraordinary life in extraordinary times (Whyte, Kenneth, author.) Frost Library; E802 .W49 2017

The three Graces of Val-Kill (Wilson, Emily Herring, author.) Frost Library; E807.1.R48 W473 2017

Our beloved kin : a new history of King Philip's war (Brooks, Lisa Tanya, author.) Frost Library; E83.67 .B795 2018

Memory lands : King Philip's war and the place of violence in the northeast (Delucia, Christine M., author. Delucia, Christine M., donor. MA) Archives and Special Collections; E83.67 .D45 2018

Bouquet's expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1764 (Smith, William, 1727-1803, author.) Frost Library; E83.76 .S65 2017

When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War (Engel, Jeffrey A., author.) Frost Library; E840 .E54 2017

Tammy Duckworth (Cham, Stephanie, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.D83 C47 2018 xx

Citizen Newt : the making of a Reagan conservative (Shirley, Craig, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.G5 S57 2017

Shooting back from the reservation : a photographic view of life by Native American youth (Hubbard, Jim, 1942-) Archives and Special Collections; E89 .H89 1994

Fighting for the progressive center in the age of Trump (Hoeffel, Joseph M., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.H64 A3 2017

Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times Frost Library; E901.1.T78 R33 2017

Bush and Cheney : how they ruined America and the world (Griffin, David Ray, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E902 .G749 2017

Chasing light : Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer (Lucidon, Amanda, author, photographer.) Frost Library; E909.O24 L83 2017

The Trump revolt (Ashbee, Edward, author.) Frost Library; E911 .A84 2017

How the hell did this happen? : the election of 2016 (O'Rourke, P. J., author.) Frost Library; E911 .O76 2017

Trump in the White House : tragedy and farce (Foster, John Bellamy, author.) Frost Library; E913 .F67 2017

The Trump presidency : outsider in the oval office (Schier, Steven E., author.) Frost Library; E913 .S35 2017

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House (Wolff, Michael, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; E913 .W65 2018

Donald Trump : the making of a world view (Laderman, Charlie, author.) Frost Library; E913.3 .L33 2017

Talking Donald Trump : a sociolinguistic study of style, metadiscourse, and political identity (Sclafani, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; E913.3 .S33 2018

Identity politics of difference : the mixed-race American Indian experience (Montgomery, Michelle R., author.) Frost Library; E96 .M66 2017

Emotions, remembering and feeling better (Reynaud, Anne-Marie, author.) Frost Library; E96.5 .R49 2017

For indigenous minds only : a decolonization handbook Frost Library; E98.E85 F68 2012