Begin your search with a library catalog (OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources. Why? They:
- provide Background and Context
- review and SUMMARIZE earlier work
- often have chapters or sections which help you FOCUS your topic
- provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
Finally, you may wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet. Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
This is only a starting point. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. You may also schedule an appointment with a librarian for help with finding resources, planning a research strategy or getting to the next stage of your research.
Great place to find population, housing, economic and geographic data. Also access data sets, maps, fact sheets, tools and other resources. There are video tutorials available for many of the AFF’s powerful features and functions, including different ways of searching, how to create a map, how to modify a table and more.
note: American FactFinder works with Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. Other browsers may not perform as expected.
QuickFacts includes statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people.
Provides international and interdisciplinary coverage of social change from theoretical and practical perspectives. Covers more than 300 radical or left-leaning journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Dates of Coverage: 1991-
Dates of Coverage: 1964-
Includes documentaries, newsreels, archival footage, and public affairs videos.
Subjects: art; bilingual education; health; history; labor; language; literature; mental health; politics.
List of journals indexed.
Dates of Coverage: 1960's-
Over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters between Native Americans and peoples from Europe, as well as Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Dates of Coverage: 1972-
- Search full-text articles in core scholarly journals throughout multiple fields.
- It's an archive: most titles lack entries from the past 2-5 years.
Disciplines covered by LGBT Life include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more. Documents are described using a specialized LGBT Thesaurus containing over 6,300 terms.
Provides full text of some journal articles, and indexing and abstracts for journals, books and conference papers. Covers all sub-fields of sociology, including criminology, gender, marriage & family studies, social work, social psychology, addictions, violence, and more.
Women's Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Nearly 800 essential sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, Web sites & Web documents, and grey literature. Women's Studies International supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education.
Dates of Coverage: 1972-
Print Location: Main Reference E169.1 .E625 2001 vols 1-4
American Quarterly reflects the evolving landscape of American studies, and not only publishes traditional scholarship, but welcomes innovative approaches to critical writing through forums, event and book reviews, and “Currents” – timely pieces about topics of current importance to the world of American studies.
note: Full text available 1949 - present
Covers literature, film, popular culture, photography and the visual arts. Attention is also given to history, the social sciences and politics, particularly insofar as these fields impact on cultural texts.
note: Full text available 3/1/2007 - . (Due to publisher restrictions, the most recent 12 months are not available.)
Journal of American Studies seeks to critique and interrogate the notion of "America", pursuing this through international perspectives on the history, literature, politics and culture of the United States.
note: Full text available 1967 - present
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
Topically focused collections of historical documents.
Ethnic NewsWatch includes journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The complete Ethnic NewsWatch provides a full-text collection of more than 2.5 million articles from over 330 titles. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.
Dates of Coverage: 1959-
The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.