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American Studies Research Guide: Home

This guide provides general information about researching for American Studies.


Welcome to the American Studies Research Guide! This is a starting point for help with projects in American Studies, including literature, history, and economic topics.

If you would like to schedule a research appointment, please contact the librarian, or call the library.

Beginning Your Project

The Research Process

  1. Formulate your question -- list key words to use in your searches.
  2. Find background information (see Reference section below).
  3. Refine your search topic.
  4. Consider your resource options -- what type of materials do you need to answer your questions?
  5. Select and use the appropriate research tool (such as books or article databases in GALILEO).
  6. Locate your materials.
  7. Analyze your materials.
  8. Organize and write your paper.
  9. Compose your bibliography and cite your work properly.

For more detailed help with the research process, see USG's Starting Your Search.

Reference (Find Background Information)

The databases listed here are part of the database offerings in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library. GALILEO