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AMST 601: Interdisciplinary Research in American Studies: Home

This guide is intended for students in Professor Lisa Lowe's class and provides an overview of resources in the Yale Library for research in American Studies.

Reference Sources

Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start your research. Reference works include bibliographies, scholarly encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other sources that provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading.

Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories

Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism

Cambridge Core

Includes the Cambridge Histories and Cambridge Companions

Oxford Bibliographies
An extensive collection of annotated bibliographies often pointing to both primary and secondary sources.  Includes modules in African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, and Atlantic History and other potentially useful subject areas  - e.g., the Literary and Critical Theory module includes the article "Settler Colonialism," Military History module includes "Militarism," Sociology module includes "Empires and Colonialism," etc.

Oxford Handbooks Online
Lengthy chapters in the Oxford Handbooks usually provide helpful overviews of topics and historiography and suggestions for further reading.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History

Praeger Security International: Terrorism, Homeland Security, Strategy

Wiley Online Library

Archives at Yale

The search portal for finding archival collections at Yale is Archives at Yale.

Archives at Yale allows you to search the finding aids to thousands of archival collections that are held by several special collections units that are part of the Yale Library. Most of Yale’s archival collections are stored off-site and must be requested at least a day in advance. At the present time, a 24-hour advance appointment is required to visit some special collections reading rooms so that our special collections repositories can comply with Covid-19 guidelines and protocols. More information is available on the Guide to Using Special Collections at the Yale University Library.

Just remember, not all archival material available at Yale is in Archives at Yale. If a collection is less than three boxes, there may simply be an Orbis record for it.  You can go to the Advanced Search in Orbis and limit the “Location” to a specific special collection, or limit the “Type” to Archives or Manuscripts. Some archival materials might be recently acquired and not in any catalog or database. If you think that is the case, ask a librarian, curator, or archivist for assistance.

Handbooks and Guides to Writing a Thesis

Subject Databases

The following are mostly bibliographic databases that point to scholarly journal literature:

And, don’t forget, Orbis and Books+ are both important tools for locating secondary sources!

Film Databases

Primary Source Databases

Manuscript and print collections

Newspapers and Periodicals