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American Studies: Start Here

This guide presents an introduction to library resources for American Studies.


This guide provides information on using the library for research in American studies at the University of Alabama. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, visit the Gorgas Library Information Desk, or use Ask a Librarian to request assistance.

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Guide Contents

Getting Started

New to the UA Libraries? This video tutorial gives an overview of the Libraries' main search tools: Scout, the A-Z databases list, e-resources, and the library catalog.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks:

Start with the reference works listed below for broad coverage of topics in American studies. To find more specific reference works, explore the digital collections linked below, or try searching in Scout with the terms "encyclopedia," "handbook," "guide," or "companion" along with your key words.

Digital Reference Collections:

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If you need materials that aren't available in the UA catalog, you can request them from another library via interlibrary loan. You can receive copies of physical books or scans of articles and book chapters. The video tutorial below provides instructions for setting up your account and requesting materials. A transcript is available at the link.



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