American Studies

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America: History & Life (EBSCO)

Indexes articles, books, reviews, and dissertations on the history of Canada and the United States. Covers 1964 to present. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Oxford Reference Online

Contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Fully-indexed and cross-searchable, reference books are listed by subject - see "Literature," "History," or other subjects.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Scholar's Edition (Alexander St. Press)

Primary documents on US women's history, plus a chronology, a dictionary, and more. A joint production of the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and Alexander Street Press.

Project Muse

Scholarly journals in a broad range of subjects - view title list.


A journal archive covering arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage extends until 3-5 years ago. *Current issues may be available in other databases - to see our complete full-text coverage for a particular journal title, use the Magazines/Journal search in the library catalog.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Searchable full text and images of: Christian Science Monitor (1908-1993), New Y York Times (1851-2003), Wall St. Journal (1889-1989), and Washington Post (1877-1990).

New York Times - 1851-2001 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

New York Times - 1995-current (ProQuest)

Searchable full text of the New York Times from 1851 through the current issue. New York Times - 1851-2001 provides searchable full-text and full-image articles, dating from its first issue in 1851 through 2001. Includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. Researchers can use the database to find news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements. New York Times - 1995-current provides more recent coverage, with articles available in HTML full-text format. The two databases cannot be searched simultaneously.

American National Biography

Searchable full text portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. Includes thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Provides full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including full text for 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1865.

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

An index covering a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Covers 1907-1984. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Print Resources

LC call number ranges: E [American and US history], F 1 – 975 [US local history]

American Studies is interdisciplinary and includes many different subjects. These resources are only intended as a starting point; the GTL has much more than can be listed here.

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Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

REF E 169.1 .E624 2001 [3 v.]
History of American thought and culture.

Encyclopedia of American Studies

REF E 169.1 .E625 2001 [4 v.]
Interdisciplinary set on all aspects of American history and culture. Includes material on women, minorities, popular culture, religion, and sports.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

REF E 169.1 .S764 2000 [5 v.]
All aspects of twentieth-century American life, including TV, movies, music, sports, fads and trends, and historical events. A great place to start for any project on the US in the 20th century.

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American History and American Studies Research Guide (Yale University Library)

Web sites by period and subject or type of resource.

American Memory (Library of Congress) U.S. Government Source

Offers "more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections." An incredible resource for text and images from America's past.

Making of America (Cornell University Library)

Making of America (University of Michigan)

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. NOTE: The two sites provide access to different content. The Cornell University site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The University of Michigan site provides access to approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

American Studies Crossroads Project (American Studies Association)


Links arranged alphabetically.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet (WWW Virtual Library)

Web links by subject.


Last updated 06-23-08