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American Studies

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 Author (last name, first name): Banner, Lois W.
 Title: Women in Modern America
 Keyword: women and United States

Reference materials: almanacs, encyclopedias, and other informational guides relevant to research in American Studies. Please note that this is just a sampling - there are many others located in the same sections as the ones listed below. Please ask a librarian for assistance, because there are many encyclopedias that are related to American Studies, but are focused on a subtopic, e.g. American music [art, religion, etc.]. 

Reference Source

Call Number

 EBSCO eBookCollection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Encyclopedia of American Studies

ref  E169.1 E625 2001

Encyclopedia of American History

ref  E174 .E53 2003

Encyclopedia of the Great Depression

ref  E806 .E63 2004

The Sixties in America

ref  E841 .S55 1999

Encyclopedia of North Carolina

ref  F254 .E54


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Academic Search Complete

Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works. 

*America: History and Life

Comprehensive index to articles, dissertations, and books about American history and culture.

Biography Reference Center
offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies

Directory of Open Access Journals
"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" covering all disciplines

Environment Complete
Journals on topics including agriculture, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, urban planning, and more.


Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with backfiles lacking only the most recent 3-5 years. 

Project Muse

Full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. 

ProQuest Research Library

Information from newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics, including the arts, business, humanities, health, and social sciences. 

FirstSearch Databases:  

Arts and Humanities Citation Index 


Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political and social change 


Indexes articles in the diverse subject areas of the humanities 


Index of articles on the social sciences 

Historical American Newspaper  Articles

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America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1876 

This database is a rapidly growing collection of digitized newspapers in colonial and early America. 

New York Times (Historical)

Full page and article images with full-text from 1851-2003; providing access to every page from every available issue. 

 American Literature, Poetry & Historical Documents

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African-American Poetry

Poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indexed from 1750-2900 Remote Access Not Available

American Poetry

Poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.  Indexed from 1600 to 1900. Remote Access Not Available

Faber Poetry Library

A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Remote Access Not Available 

North American Women's Letters and Diaries

Published letters and diaries, plus previously unpublished materials depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women. 1600- 1950. 

Sanborn Maps for North Carolina
Provides digital access to large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities. 
Twentieth Century African-American Poetry

A collection of poetry written by the most influential African American poets of the twentieth century. Indexed from 1901 to 1998. Remote Access Not Available

Twentieth Century American Poetry

A database of modern and contemporary American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present.  Remote Access Not Available

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America in the 1930's

Introductory looks at materials such as film, radio programs, bibliographies, and features of life from the 1930's. 

American Cultural History

A series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. 

American Journeys
Contains over 18,000 digital page images from more than 150 early North American travel narratives.
American Memory
Library of Congress site; search by type of collection or by exhibits (full-text documents, images, audio files).

American President: An Online Reference Resource

Useful gateway to scholarly information about American presidents.
Appalachian Treasures Gateway

A directory of sites for research on central Appalachian culture,  social customs, history, and the physical and social environment. 

AS@UVA: The Yellow Pages

Links for resources by discipline (literature, social sciences, religion, gender, ethnicity, etc.) 

Center for the Study of the American South

Annotated list of sites chosen for their reference value or critical perspective.

Digital Images Exploring North Carolina's Heritage.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Answers to frequently asked questions and links to Smithsonian resources.
Making of America

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. 



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