American Studies subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Select databases for American Studies

America: History and Life Index of literature covering the history and culture of North America including indexing for 1700 journals from 1964-.
Arts Premium Collection (from ProQuest) Searches thousands of journals in the arts, including art, design, humanities, music, performing arts and film. It includes everything in:

Bibliography of the History of Art Currently only available via The Getty Institute Conducting Research web page. Coverage from 1989 - October 2009
European Views of the Americas (from EBSCOHost) Index of printed records about the Americas written in Europe 1493-1750
Film Index International General and bibliographic information on films and film personalities.
Film Indexes Online
combined access to:
  • AFI Catalogue (American Film Institute)
  • Film Indexes International (FII)
  • International Index to Film Periodicals Plus
You can search all three databases together or select which you want to search.
Historical Abstracts
Historical coverage of the world (except the US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
International Political Science Abstracts Indexes nearly 900 journals in political science published from 1975 to the present.
A print version starting in 1951 is available at Z JA1.I6
MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) (from EBSCO)
Important index to material in literature, language and linguistics 1963-
MLA Directory of Periodicals Information on journals and book series within the scope of the MLA International Bibliography, including contact details, descriptions of scope, peer review, and submission guidelines
Web of Science (part of Web of Knowledge) Indexes over 8,000 journals from all subjects (despite its name)
Zetoc Current awareness service of searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

You can personalise this service using Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.


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