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American Studies & Ethnicity *: Databases & Journals

Start Here: Core Databases for American Studies

Subject Specific Article Databases in Related Disciplines

This is just a selection of some of the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary databases relevant to American Studies.  For a comprehensive list of databases in the many fields that comprise American Studies and Ethnicity, please view our complete list of Databases by Subject.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Multidisciplinary databases are extremely useful for finding articles published in interdisciplinary journals or in journals outiside of the discipline of American history that may still be relevant to your research topic.

In addition to containing journal articles, many of these database also provide citations for (or full-text access to) books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings, which allows you to cast a wider net in your effort to find sources.

Large Multidisciplinary Databases:

Other Multidisciplinary (Point of view) Databases:

Find out if USC has a Specific Journal

If you are looking for a specific journal, select Journals on the Libraries homepage:

If you have the exact title of the journal, search for the title and on the Results page, select "Sort by: Title":

If we have online access to this publication you'll see one or more results, with the dates available and the name of the database or publisher linking you to the journal. If we have the journal in print or on microfilm you will see location information under the "Availability" section of the item record.

Selected American Studies Journals

American Quarterly -- the journal of the American Studies Association (ASA). It offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of American culture in research articles, book and exhibition reviews, and commentaries; also covers ASA's activities and conferences (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of American Studies -- The official journal of the British Association for American Studies; it publishes work by scholars of any nationality on American literature, history, and culture.

Critical Inquiry -- Features interdisciplinary criticism in the arts and humanities (Peer Reviewed)

American Indian Quarterly -- Interdisciplinary journal featuring articles and book reviews (Peer Reviewed)

American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography -- Covers American authors from colonial times to the present and features articles and book reviews (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of American Ethnic History -- Addresses various aspects of American immigration and ethnic history (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of Asian American Studies -- Explores all aspects of the Asian American experience. (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of Material Culture -- Concerned with the relationship between artifacts and social relations irrespective of time and place and aims to systematically explore the linkage between the construction of social identities and the production and use of culture. (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of Popular Culture -- Contains articles on myriad topics from NCAA basketball to country music to popular TV shows to shopping mall social worlds (Peer Reviewed)

Journal of Visual Culture -- Aims to bring together work from a range of methodological positions on various historical moments and across diverse geographical locations in order to promote research, scholarship, and critical engagement with visual cultures (Peer Reviewed)

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Directory of American Studies Journals (from the American Studies Association)