Student Resources

Welcome to the American Studies Department's student resources page! Here you will find a variety of links to websites and journals offering primary and secondary sources of interest to students doing research in American Studies.


Useful Websites

The LIBRARY OF CONGRESS has a number of "AMERICAN MEMORY" collections online, with materials ranging from African-American Sheet music (1850-1920) to Voices from the Dust Bowl.

The NATIONAL ARCHIVES has images and transcriptions of important historical documents and also many interesting online exhibits on aspects of American history.

HISTORY MATTERS offers useful material for teaching U.S. history, including primary source documents and online student guides for using various types of historical material, including films, maps, letters and diaries, etc.

Take a look at the UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S AMERICAN STUDIES website. It includes the hypertext versions of SISTER CARRIE, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, WALDEN, etc.--AS WELL AS a "Yellow Pages" listing Department of American Studies, specialized search engines and the like--AND a "Virtual Museum"--AND MORE!

For anyone interested in American poetry see this University of Illinois multimedia companion to the ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN AMERICAN POETRY edited by Cary Nelson.

If you are teaching or enrolled in AMST 206: The Sixties, you will be interested in visiting THE SIXTIES PROJECT.

For a recent database source on advertising see Duke University's Special Collections library: "THE EMERGENCE OF ADVERTISING IN AMERICA, 1850-1920" from the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Most of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTARIES, such as "A Midwife's Tale" and "America and the Holocaust," have accompanying websites.

The INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE provides a mixture of useful and trivial information about films.

THE VOICE OF THE SHUTTLE began in late 1994 as an introduction to the Web for humanists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. VoS became publicly accessible in 1995, and has grown to a vast collection of links to humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet, organized by subject. It is a good starting place for almost any search of online material relating to American Studies topics such as anthropology, music and dance, history, literature, architecture, cultural studies, photography, women's studies, etc.

DO HISTORY.ORG is a website for historians, teachers, and lay people interested in history and America's past. It was launched by the Harvard Film Study Center on February 4th, 2000. The site is an experimental, interactive case study that allows its users to experience the process of piecing together the life and world of an "ordinary" person in the past. Currently at the site, users get to try to piece together the world of 18th century midwife and healer Martha Ballard, from thousands of downloadable pages from original documents at the site, presented in both their original format and in transcription: diaries, letters, maps, court records, town records, account books, medical texts, and more.

CITY SITES is an inter- and multidisciplinary study of the iconography, spatial forms and visual and literary cultures of New York and Chicago in the period 1870-1939. It was published electronically by the University of Birmingham Press in 2000, and it features essays on the urban cultures of New York and Chicago, with extensive online resources, map pages, bibliography, moving and still images and sound.

"FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH" is a collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners. The majority of materials in this collection are written by those Southerners whose voices were less prominent in their time, including African Americans, women, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.

MAKING OF AMERICA (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books with 19th century imprints.


American Studies Journals

Now over fifty years old, this publication, the official journal of the American Studies Association, publishes essays on American culture as well as reviews of books, exhibitions and films of interest to American Studies scholars.

This consortium of academic presses publishes more than 60 journals (with at least the current issue of each online). You can access back issues of these journals via the Online Databases at Healey Library

The official publication of the Association for Asian American Studies, the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) explores all aspects of Asian American experiences.

This quarterly electronic journal is run by postgraduate students in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), and 49th Parallel aims to promote the work of postgraduates alongside that of more established scholars.

This journal is particularly interested in visual culture, and articles that reference the visual in their analysis. In addition to articles, the journal publishes reviews--and is also looking for people interested in writing them.

Published by the History Dept at the State University of New York at Albany "to bring serious historical scholarship and pedagogy under the scrutiny of amateurs and professionals alike, to utilize the promise of digital technologies to expand history's boundaries, merge its forms, and promote and legitimate innovations in teaching and research that we saw emerging all around us."

Theoretical journal with articles on a range of topics relating to contemporary culture.

Political Education for Everyday Life is a monthly journal which features articles in American studies, media studies, and gender studies.

An Electronic Journal for Visual Studies
The purpose of In[ ]Visible Culture is to provide a forum for critical approaches to the production and analysis of cultural objects. The journal features essays and art projects that address contemporary issues within visual studies. In an effort to encourage lively discussions and debates, the publication entertains the wide spectrum of methodological and disciplinary approaches (including postcolonial, feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, and queer theories) being applied to the study of visual culture.

Safundi, The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication dedicated to comparing the histories, cultures, and modern experiences of the United States of America and the Republic of South Africa.


Writing Papers

There are several useful guides to writing papers to be found on the Internet.

A Short Guide to Writing in College (University of Chicago)
This guide is intended to help first and second year students at the University of Chicago write effective papers in the Humanities Core and Social Sciences Core--and it will help you, too.

History Study Guide (Carleton) College
This website includes instructions on analyzing primary sources, reading history texts, and writing a history research paper.

Writer's Web:  Writing in the Disciplines (University of Richmond)
Consult this site for guidance in writing papers in Film Studies, History, Music, Anthropology and English.


Research Guides and Tutorials

UMass Boston's own Information Literacy Tutorial on the Healey Library website has separate modules on beginning your research; finding books, articles and websites; citing sources and avoiding plagiarism; and evaluating resources.


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The H-Net announcement page allows viewers to search and browse for academic conferences, calls for papers, and programs.

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