American Studies

Key information sources for American history, politics, film and literature.

American StudiesWelcome to the My Subject page for American Studies.

This page highlights the most important information resources available to you, with sections for Key Databases, Books and eBooks, Primary Sources and Newspapers.

Further information about the US Government is also available.

Key Databases

  • America: History and Life
    Find journal articles on American  history and society.
  • Art Full Text
    Find journal articles on the arts, including film and television.
  • Google Scholar
    Find books and journal articles including full-text US legal materials.
  • Literature Online
    Full text literary works, author biographies and bibliographies, and literary criticism, including ABELL and MLA International Bibliography.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Find journal articles on literature, language and linguistics.
  • Scopus
    Find journal articles on the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • Web of Science
    Find journal articles on the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Books and eBooks

  • Find Books, eBooks, eJournals and more in the David Wilson Library using Library Search:
    • American History, 970-979 (Floor 3, Blue Zone)
    • American Literature, 810-819 (Floor 3, Orange Zone)
    • Film Studies, 791.4 (Floor 3, Pink Zone)
    • Political Science,320-328 (Floor 1, Orange Zone)
  • Cambridge Companions Online
    Including American literature, philosophy and religion.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Including American history and international relations.
  • Oxford Handbooks Online
    Including American history, literature and politics.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
    Including American history and law.

Primary Sources


  • Nexis
    International news aggregation service including 250+ up-to-date US national and regional newspapers and newswires:
    • Los Angeles Times (1985-)
    • New York Times (1980-)
    • Washington Post (1977-)
    • USA Today (1989-)
  • 19th Century US Newspapers
    500+ urban and regional newspapers and other illustrated papers published in the US from 1800-1988.
  • Chronicling America
    Index to American historic newspapers from 1690 to present, and selected digitised newspapers from 1836-1922.
  • Liberty Magazine
    Lifestyle magazine documenting middle class America from 1924 to 1950.
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1989)
  • New York Times (1851-2009)
  • The Nation
    America’s oldest weekly independent magazine.
  • Washington Post (1877-1996)

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