American Studies

Online Reference Sources

350+ titles in the humanities and social sciences, including the Blackwell companions and handbooks. Strengths are psychology, sociology, history, literature, philosophy, and religion.

Biographical Sources

Reliable scholarly biographies of major figures in American history.

Lengthy literary biographies by recognized literary scholars and critics, covering past & present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights.

Statistics & Data

Population, housing, economic and geographic data from the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Decennial Censuses, the latest Economic Census, and reference maps.

Census, vital, church, court & immigration records for the US & UK, plus material on other areas. Major components: US federal census 1790-1930 (incl. manuscript returns); historical maps; Social Security Death Index; etc.

1531 - 2000

Covers population, work & welfare, the economy, and government. Data may be downloaded and custom tables created. Includes essays, data reliability and references to secondary literature.

1790 to present

Easy access to demographic information about the U.S.