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 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
  • 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
    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 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.

Earning the Rockies : how geography shapes America's role in the world (Kaplan, Robert D., 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E161.3 .K37 2017

American photographs (Evans, Walker, 1903-1975, photographer.) Frost Library; E169 .E85

Transatlantic aliens : modernism, exile, and culture in midcentury America (Norman, Will, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .N754 2016

The age of charisma : leaders, followers, and emotions in American society, 1870-1940 (Young, Jeremy C., author.) Frost Library; E169.1 .Y585 2017

Civil rights, culture wars : the fight over a Mississippi textbook (Eagles, Charles W., author.) Frost Library; E175.8 .E24 2017

A companion to First Ladies Frost Library; E176.2 .C65 2016

Building an American empire : the era of territorial and political expansion (Frymer, Paul, author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .F79 2017

Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian wars : comparing genocide and conquest (Westermann, Edward B., author.) Frost Library; E179.5 .W49 2016

Draw! : political cartoons from left to right (Bredhoff, Stacey, 1955-) Frost Library; E183 .B854 1991

Moderates : the vital center of American politics, from the founding to today (Brown, David S. (David Scott), 1966-, author.) Frost Library; E183 .B89 2016

Democracy : a case study (Moss, David A., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; E183 .M876 2017

The beautiful country and the Middle Kingdom : America and China, 1776 to the present (Pomfret, John, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C5 P58 2016

U.S.-Cuba relations : charting a new path (Rosen, Jonathan D., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.C9 R67 2016

Living in the "American century" : Japanese images of the USA (Akasofu, Tetsuji, 1932-) Frost Library; E183.8.J3 A437 2002

America and the four Japans : friend, foe, model, mirror (Schodt, Frederik L., 1950-) Frost Library; E183.8.J3 S34 1994

Nixon's back channel to Moscow : confidential diplomacy and détente (Moss, Richard A., author.) Frost Library; E183.8.S65 M68 2017

Desegregating the past : the public life of memory in the United States and South Africa (Autry, Robyn K., author.) Frost Library; E184.65 .A88 2017

Black studies and the democratization of American higher education (Henry, Charles P., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E184.7 .H457 2017

Race and ethnicity in America (Iceland, John, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 I124 2017

Historicizing post-discourses : postfeminism and postracialism in United States culture (Kennedy, Tanya Ann, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 K36 2017

Repositioning race : prophetic research in a postracial Obama age Frost Library; E184.A1 R446 2014

At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white (Ryan, April, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E184.A1 R79 2016

"White" washing American education : the new culture wars in ethnic studies Frost Library; E184.A1 W3975 2016

The rise of the Arab American left (Pennock, Pamela E., author.) Frost Library; E184.A65 P46 2017

The Routledge handbook of Asian American studies Frost Library; E184.A75 R68 2017

Asian America : a primary source reader (Schlund-Vials, Cathy J., 1974-) Frost Library; E184.A75 S35 2017

The borders of Dominicanidad : race, nation, and archives of contradiction (García-Peña, Lorgia, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; E184.D6 G36 2016

The other one percent : Indians in America (Chakravorty, Sanjoy, author.) Frost Library; E184.E2 C426 2017

American Jewry : a new history (Lederhendler, Eli, author.) Frost Library; E184.J5 L567 2017

Whiteness on the border : mapping the U.S. racial imagination in Brown and White (Bebout, Lee, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 B434 2016

Mestizos come home! : making and claiming Mexican American identity (Davis, Robert Con, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 D29 2017

Revelation in Aztlán : scriptures, utopias, and the Chicano movement (Hidalgo, Jacqueline M., author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 H53 2016

Crucible of struggle : a history of Mexican Americans from colonial times to the present era (Vargas, Zaragosa, author.) Frost Library; E184.M5 V343 2017

Muslim Americans in the military : centuries of service (Curtis, Edward E., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; E184.M88 C876 2016

Beyond expectations : second-generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain (Imoagene, Onoso, 1977- author.) Frost Library; E184.N55 I46 2017

Threading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim (Rehman, Sabeeha, author.) Frost Library; E184.P28 R44 2016

Making refuge : Somali Bantu refugees and Lewiston, Maine (Besteman, Catherine Lowe, author.) Frost Library; E184.S67 B47 2016

South Asian racialization and belonging after 9 Frost Library; E184.S69 S68 2016

Invisible immigrants : Spaniards in the US (1868-1945) (Fernández, James D., author.) Frost Library; E184.S7 F467 2014 x

Undocumented Latino youth : navigating their worlds (Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol.) Frost Library; E184.S75 C53 2015

Tea sets and tyranny : the politics of politeness in early America (Bullock, Steven C., author.) Frost Library; E188 .B934 2017

"A True Friend of the Cause" : Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement Frost Library; E207.L2 T78 2016

The American Revolution reborn Frost Library; E208 .A4398 2016

Poseidon's curse : British Naval impressment and Atlantic origins of the American Revolution (Magra, Christopher Paul, author.) Frost Library; E271 .M19 2016

The papers of Thomas Jefferson. Retirement series (Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, author.) Frost Library; E302 .J442 2004b

Pulpit and nation : clergymen and the politics of revolutionary America (McBride, Spencer W., author.) Frost Library; E302 .M39 2017

Reading the Bible with the founding fathers (Dreisbach, Daniel L., author.) Frost Library; E302.1 .D74 2017

The American school of empire (Larkin, Edward, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; E310.7 .L37 2016

George Washington's journey : the President forges a new nation (Breen, T. H., author.) Frost Library; E312 .B77 2016

Washington's Farewell : The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations (Avlon, John P., author.) Frost Library; E312.952 .A94 2017

Blood from the sky : miracles and politics in the early American republic (Jortner, Adam Joseph, author.) Frost Library; E338 .J67 2017

The price for their pound of flesh (Berry, Daina Ramey, author.) Frost Library; E443 .B446 2017

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge (Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.) Frost Library; E444 .D86 2017

Fugitive Testimony : On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives (Neary, Janet, author.) Frost Library; E444 .N43 2017

Slavery on the periphery : the Kansas-Missouri border in the antebellum and Civil War eras (Epps, Kristen, author.) Frost Library; E445.K16 E67 2016

Driven toward madness : the fugitive slave Margaret Garner and tragedy on the Ohio (Taylor, Nikki Marie, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E450.G225 T39 2016

Paying freedom's price : a history of African Americans in the Civil War (Escott, Paul D., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E453 .E746 2017

Recaptured Africans (Fett, Sharla M., author.) Frost Library; E453 .F48 2017

Lincoln and the democrats : the politics of opposition in the Civil War (Neely, Mark E., author.) Frost Library; E456 .N44 2017

Lincoln on leadership for today : Abraham Lincoln's approach to twenty-first-century issues (Phillips, Donald T. (Donald Thomas), 1952-, author.) Frost Library; E457.2 .P543 2017

Civil War in the southwest borderlands, 1861-1867 (Masich, Andrew Edward, author.) Frost Library; E470.9 .M37 2017

For their own cause : The 27th United States Colored Troops (Mezurek, Kelly D., author.) Frost Library; E492.94 27th .M49 2016

My own dear wife : a Yankee couple's Civil War (Breed, Bowman B., 1832-1873, author.) Archives and Special Collections; E513.5 8th .B74 2016

Mœurs des sauvages ameriquains, comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps (Lafitau, Joseph-François, 1681-1746.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .L16 1724

They came here first : the epic of the American Indian (McNickle, D'Arcy, 1904-1977.) Archives and Special Collections; E58 .M18 1975b

Visual culture of the ancient Americas : contemporary perspectives Frost Library; E59.A7 V57 2017

Multiple injustices : indigenous women, law, and political struggle in Latin America (Hernández Castillo, Rosalva Aída, author.) Frost Library; E59.W8 H46 2016

The true flag : Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the birth of American empire (Kinzer, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; E713 .K58 2017

The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism (Goodwin, Doris Kearns, author.) Frost Library; E757 .G66 2013b

Inter (Salaita, Steven, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; E76.6 .S36 2016

50 events that shaped American Indian history : an encyclopedia of the American mosaic Frost Library; E77 .A125 2017

North America before the European invasions (Kehoe, Alice Beck, 1934-, author.) Frost Library; E77 .K429 2017

The inconvenient Indian : a curious account of native people in North America (King, Thomas, 1943-) Frost Library; E77 .K566 2013

Beyond settler time : temporal sovereignty and indigenous self-determination (Rifkin, Mark, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; E77 .R54 2017

Rethinking Moundville and Its Hinterland Frost Library; E78.A28 R48 2016

And it is still that way : legends told by Arizona Indian children Archives and Special Collections; E78.A7 A65 1998

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

Price paid : the fight for First Nations survival (Sellars, Bev, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; E78.C2 S385 2016

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

The lives in objects (Stern, Jessica Yirush, author.) Frost Library; E78.S65 S73 2017

A history of Utah's American Indians Archives and Special Collections; E78.U55 H58 2000

Food, control, and resistance (Levi, Tamara J., author.) Frost Library; E78.W5 L47 2016

Herbert Hoover : a life (Jeansonne, Glen, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; E802 .J429 2016

When America liked Ike (Donaldson, Gary, author.) Frost Library; E816 .D66 2017

The earth is weeping : the epic story of the Indian wars for the American West (Cozzens, Peter, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; E83.866 .C69 2016

Eyewitness to the Fetterman Fight : Indian views Frost Library; E83.866 .E94 2017

Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy (Nichols, David A. (David Allen), 1939-, author.) Frost Library; E836 .N5295 2017

A world in disarray : American foreign policy and the crisis of the old order (Haass, Richard, author.) Frost Library; E840 .H323 2017

The gentleman from Ohio (Stokes, Louis, 1925-2015, author.) Frost Library; E840.8.S835 A3 2016

The Reagan files Inside the National Security Council (Saltoun-Ebin, Jason.) Frost Library; E877.2 .S257 2014

The Reagan files : the untold story of Reagan's top-secret efforts to win the Cold War (Saltoun-Ebin, Jason.) Frost Library; E877.2 .S258 2010

Guilty as sin (Klein, Edward, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; E887.C55 K569 2016

We are the change we seek : the speeches of Barack Obama (Obama, Barack, author.) Frost Library; E891.5 .O335 2017b

Counter jihad : America's military experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria (Williams, Brian Glyn, author.) Frost Library; E897 .W55 2017

American nightmare : Donald Trump, media spectacle, and authoritarian populism (Kellner, Douglas, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 K45 2016

Trump effect (Korostelina, K. V. (Karina Valentinovna) author.) Frost Library; E901.1.T78 K67 2017

Busshu no amerika (Miura, Toshiaki, 1957- 三浦俊章, 1957-) Frost Library; E902 .M58 2003

Audacity : how Barack Obama defied his critics and created a legacy that will prevail (Chait, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; E907 .C454 2017

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama (D'Antonio, Michael, author.) Frost Library; E907 .D37 2017

#IdleNoMore : and the remaking of Canada (Coates, Kenneth, 1956-) Frost Library; E92 .C5585 2015