School festival, Connecticut, 1942 (Library of Congress)
Tools for Developing Your Topic
Choosing a topic and developing a research question can be challenging. The resources below contain information about issues related to American Studies that can be useful in refining the scope of your project.
A reference resource containing general articles on American history and culture. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you. The Encyclopedia addresses issues such as literature, art, photography, film, popular culture, architecture, consumer culture, urban studies, ethnicity, gender, race, economics, labor, social movements, politics, and global America. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you (Part of Credo Reference package). Coverage: All Volumes. Full-Text.
This digital version of the nine-volume set provides an overview of a variety of social science topics, as well as a bibliography and cross-linking to related topics. It also provides biographical information on scholars in social science fields. Coverage: Regularly updated. Full-Text.
The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with articles from Africana; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and the African American National Biography. I also contains resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles. Full-Text.