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This guide covers a set of high-quality sources of information for American Studies. This is the starting point for your research.

America: history and life. The key resource for American Studies

America: history & life is the leading bibliographic database for the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory up to today. The database contains references to literature from over 1.700 journals. Together, America: history & life and Historical Abstracts cover the history of the entire world. Like Historical Abstracts, this database is hosted by EBSCO and its functionality is exactly the same as that of Historical Abstracts

Other useful general bibliographies

AM Explorer

Adam Matthew Digital Collections




For direct access to full text documents: 
  • Select the first icon (top left)
  • Select ‘Settings’ 
  • Select ‘Library links’
  • Search for: university groningen
  • Tick: University of Groningen Library – Get It! Univ of Groningen (un-tick other options)

You will now be able to see, via the Get it! link, whether a document is available through the RUG.

N.B. If you are working via the University network, these links are automatically selected.

Citing a publication found in Google Scholar?
Click on Settings - Search result - Bibliography manager, choose e.g. RefWorks

Reference books

American Studies journals

     Overview of American Studies journals worldwide

Collections e-journals

Book Reviews

Early books online

Historical Newspapers


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