American Studies Library Research
These web pages are designed to help American Studies students find
what they need to write papers and prepare for class. This page points
to all the other pages of the American Studies Library Resources.
Keep in mind that given the breadth of topics covered by American Studies
you may need to consult more subject specific guides available in the library
such as Film Literature, Women's Studies, African-American Studies or American
This page is divided into two sections:
1. an overview of the research process
2. the How Do I ... ? section.
If you have a question that doesn't appear to be
answered here, check out this page to see if your question is listed there.
Steps in the Research Process
In your research, you may be searching an online database, browsing
the library's shelves, tracking down citations from a useful article, and
consulting a colleague for advice. No one strategy or method works
best. A basic knowledge of research methods and techniques can speed
the process and provide a framework for your final paper.
For most purposes the research process can be broken down into three
Step 1: Get an Idea - Identifying a Topic
and Locating Background Information
Using the Web
Guides to Get You Started
Step 2: Fleshing Out Your Idea
Locate Articles (Journals, Magazines,
Step 3: Looking Beyond Books
Also, don't forget Resources
in Other Libraries (Center for American History, Ransom Center, Austin
History Center, Texas State Library) (Link sent as American studies, other
How Do I...?
How do I find maps?
How can I find books on a topic?
I have a painting I need to interpret, what sources can help?
How can I locate information on a person?
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