Rutgers University Libraries American Studies: Selected Resources


This guide covers basic Rutgers University Libraries' resources and services, as well as selected resources for finding secondary literature in American Studies.

The Basics

Restricted Access

Many of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, in order to use these from off-campus, you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

Once you have gone to a Rutgers Libraries page and logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] you can use the "Off-Campus Link" provided for each Rutgers-restricted resource below to connect to that database or article. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.

E-Reserves

To get to readings that your instructor may have placed on Reserve in the Library, click here. Once you get to the Lookup box, the easiest way to get to the right list is to search by the Instructor's name.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Use IRIS to find out if the Rutgers Libraries have the specific books or journals that you need, or to locate books on topics that you're researching. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

The fastest way to get a copy of a book that is not owned or not available (checked out/on Reserve/missing etc.) at the Rutgers Libraries is to request it through E-Z Borrow. E-Z Borrow books are normally received within about five working days. Tell Me More

If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. Tell Me More

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You will most likely be using Chicago/Turabian style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are both available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a nice introduction to Chicago/Turabian Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create bibliographic citations.

The above site does not, however, cover citing online resources. The Library of Congress has a guide on How to Cite Electronic Sources that show Turabian-style examples; the Bedford/St. Martin's site also offers useful information on Using Chicago Style to Cite and Document Sources

You can also import references from IRIS and many of the electronic databases into RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager. RefWorks will build your bibliography for you based on whatever style sheet you specify (MLA, Chicago, etc.). For information on setting up your (free) RefWorks account see the RefWorks FAQ.

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Remember that plagerism is a violation of the Rutgers University Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and could result in your dismissal from the University!


American Studies: Selected Resources

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of American Studies
George T. Kurian, general editor. Danbury, CT, Grolier Educational, 2001. 4 vols.
660 signed articles with bibliographies.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E169.1 .E625 2001
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Tom and Sara Pendergast, editors. Detroit, MI, St. James Press, 2000. 5 vols.
2700 signed entries with bibliographies on all aspects of 20th century U.S. popular culture.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E169.1 .S764 2000
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York, Macmillan, 1996. 5 vols plus Supplement (2001).
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas. 2nd edition. Detroit, Macmillan, 2006. 6 vols.
Signed entries covering all aspects of African-American history and life. While the 2d edition expands the scope of the work beyond North America, it has only a little more than half of the number of entries found in the first edition. Many of the U.S.-centered articles (for example, entries on states and major cities) are not available in the 2d edition. About half of the articles that appear in both have been updated in the 2d edition. Bibliographic references.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E54 1996.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E54 2006.

Bibliographies

American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography
Jack Salzman, editor. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1986. 3 vols.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E189.1 .A436 1986
American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography, 1984-1988
Jack Salzman, editor. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E189.1 .S35 1990
Theory & Method in American Cultural Studies
Extensive critical bibliography by Dr. T.V. Reed, Professor of American Studies and English at Washington State University.

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS
The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

Newark Law
Camden Law
Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the same subject headings you use in IRIS find relevant publications in the law collections.

Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Catalog of the New York Public research library "devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world." The Schomburg Center contains over 5,000,000 items held in five divisions: Art and Artifacts Division, General Research and Reference Division, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division, and Photographs and Prints Division. [Note: When beginning a search session, select "Schomburg Center" from the pull-down menu on the right.]


Finding Scholarly Articles: Indexes

This is a selected list of databases that you may find useful. There are many other indexes that may focus more specifically on the particular topic that you are researching. Check out the complete list of Rutgers online indexes and databases.

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text is the basic index for finding articles in the humanities disciplines, including history and literature. It indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in history, literature, art and music, philosophy and religion. It indexes many journals back to 1984 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

American History

America: History and Life 1964- .
The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

African American Studies

The Kaiser Index to Black Resources, 1948-1986.
From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson, Pub., Inc. 1992. 5 volumes
Unique resource based on the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Over 170,000 citations to journal and newspapers articles, books, pamphlets and reports dealing with black history and culture.
Dana Library Call Number: Ref E185.K25 1992

Literature

MLA International Bibliography 1926-
The premier index to articles, books, and dissertations on literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and film.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Can't resist the urge to Google?

Google Scholar
Use the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature including books, peer-reviewed articles, theses, preprints, and technical reports. Links to the full-text of articles from open access (available without a subscription) journals and preprint repositories.

Film Studies

MLA International Bibliography
1926- . The most comprehensive index to journal articles, books, dissertations, and other materials relating to literature, folkore, and film studes. Indexes more than 4400 journals.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Film Literature Index
Index to scholarly and popular film and television periodicals worldwide from 1976 to 2001. Search or browse citations.

Finding Early Film Reviews

  • Film Review Index. 2 vols
  • Patricia King Hanson & Stephen L. Hanson, editors. Phoenix, Ariz., Oryx Press, 1986-
    Dana Call Number: Ref. PN1995 .F513 1986

      One of the best sources for finding early film reviews, the Film Review Index cites reviews to over 7000 feature films released between 1914 and 1985. Vol. 1: 1882-1949; Vol. 2: 1950-1985. In addition to popular magazines, the index also lists reviews in trade publications, newspapers, anthologies, and selected books.

      Once you have the list of sources in which a specific film was reviewed, you will need to go to IRIS, the Rutgers Libraries online catalog, to find out if that source is available at Rutgers. Select Periodical Title Begins with when searching with the journal name or Title Begins with when searching for a book.

  • Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. 1900- .
  • Dana Call Number: Ref. AI3. R48

      The Readers Guide to Periodical Literature is an excellent source for finding film reviews published in general and popular magazines. To find reviews of specific films see the subject heading Moving picture plays.

      Once you have the list of magazines in which a specific film was reviewed, you will need to go to IRIS, the Rutgers Libraries online catalog, to find out if that journal is available at Rutgers. Select Periodical Title Begins with when searching with the journal name.

    Race at the Movies

    Bibliographies

    Projecting Ethnicity and Race: An Annotated Bibliography of Studies on Imagery in American Film
    Marsha J. Hamilton and Eleanor S. Block. Westport, Conn., Praeger Publishers, 2003.
    Dana Call Number: PN1995.9 .M56.H36 2003
    African Americans in the Movies: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
    Partially annotated bibliography of books and articles.
    Arabs in Film and Television: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
    Annotated bibliography.
    Chicanos/Latinos in the Movies: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
    Partially annotated bibliography of books and articles.

    Filmographies

    The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans
    Annotated filmography from the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley. For some films includes selected reviews and articles.
    The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Images of Arabs and the Middle East
    Annotated filmography from the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley. For some films includes selected reviews and articles.
    The Hispanic Image on the Silver Screen: An Interpretive Filmography From Silents into Sound, 1898-1935
    Alfred Charles Richard. New York, Greenwood Press, 1992.
    Rutgers Call Number: ALEX, ROBESON PN1998 .R54 1992
    Censorship and Hollywood's Hispanic Image: An Interpretive Filmography, 1936-1955
    Alfred Charles Richard. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1993.
    Rutgers Call Number: ALEX PN1995.9 .L37453 1993
    Contemporary Hollywood's Negative Hispanic Image: An Interpretive Filmography, 1956-1993
    Alfred Charles Richard. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1994.
    Rutgers Call Number: ALEX, ROBESON, PN1995.9 .L37R54 1994; KILMER REF PN1995.9 .L37R54 1994

    Finding Films

    Want to know if the Rutgers Libraries own a particular film?

    Select Advanced Search in IRIS, the Libraries' online catalog. Enter the title into the "TITLE" search box, and select Visual Materials from the format pull-down menu.
    Videos/DVDs owned by the Dana Library are available for viewing in the Media Center on the 4th floor of Dana Library.
    Videos that are only available from the Media Center in New Brunswick must be booked BY FACULTY for class viewing. All other users must view materials on-site at the Media Center on the Livingston Campus. Advance reservations for viewing rooms are recommended. Undergraduate students may make reservations no earlier than 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call 445-4980 (x155).

    Religion in America

    ATLA Religion Database
    1949- . Index to 650 journals representing all the major religious faiths, as well as some 14,000 multi-authored works, relating to Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues.
    Off-Campus Link Restricted Access
    Association of Religion Data Archives
    Access or download over 450 surveys and other data collections on American and international religion. ARDA also allows you to generate national or regional profiles, GIS maps, and reports on religious congregation memberships down to the county level.

    Corrections?
    Natalie Borisovets (natalieb@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
    John Cotton Dana Library
    September 14, 2008