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American Studies Research Guide: Find Books

This guide provides general information about researching for American Studies.

Search the PWL Catalog

You can begin your searching based on keywords (words you think match your search needs). You may also want to try the Subject Headings Browse feature, searching by Library of Congress assigned subject headings (see Suggested Subject Headings box below).


Suggested Books

Here are a few suggested reference books available in the library. For more titles, search the online catalog.

Suggested Subject Headings / Search Terms

Aside from your own searching, you may want to select Subject Headings Browse, and try some of these assigned subject headings for your searches. Keep in mind these Subject Headings work across all academic library catalogs.

United States History United States Church History United States Social Life and Customs
United States History Colonial Period United States Religion United States in Art
United States History Confederation United States Civilization United States in Literature
United States History Constitutional Period United States. Constitution United States in Motion Pictures
United States History Revolution United States Economic Conditions United States Intellectual Life
United States History Civil War United States Economic Policy American Drama
United States Territorial Expansion United States Emigration and Immigration American Essays
Indians United States Race Relations American Fiction
Indians of North America United States Ethnic Relations American Fiction History and Criticism
United States History, Military United States Foreign Relations American Literature
United States Politics and Government United States Social Policy American Literature History and Criticism
United States Biography United States Social Conditions American Poetry

Search Other Libraries

Rememer that ARCHE member libraries will not charge for interlibrary loaning materials, but other libraries may. The GIL Universal Catalog, WorldCat, and Archives Finder are part of the database offerings in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library, and they require the GALILEO password for off-campus access. GALILEO

Please read in full our Interlibrary Services page. If you need help with this process, please contact the librarian.

Help Locating a Book?

Need More Assistance?

If you need additional help, please contact the reference librarian by coming by the Reference Desk, by calling 404-364-8506, or by emailing

GALILEO Password

If you are off-campus and cannot get access to GALILEO, see the GALILEO Password and Off-Campus Access page.

American Scenery

The Black Rock Forest, New York, as seen from Storm King School. Photo by Daniel Case, available for use through Wikimedia Commons under the GNU Free Documentation License.