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American Studies

Article Databases

This is a selected list of general secondary source databases in American Studies. See Resources by Topic for specific databases on race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, environmental history, and religion and irreligion.


These resources will help you find e-books and print books held by Notre Dame, other local libraries, or books held at other libraries worldwide. 


Browsing for Books

Browse the Stacks

Hesburgh Library books are shelved using Library of Congress call numbers, an alpha-numeric system. Physically browsing the shelves can be a serendipitous way to discover new topics and ideas. American Studies research necessarily crosses disciplinary boundaries, which in our Library also means moving to different floors. These call number ranges are suggestive only.

Floor 13 BM - BQ Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other religions
Floor 12 BX 1 - 3999 Christian denominations
Floor 11 BX 4000 - 9999 Christian denominations (con't)
Floor 10

E 151 - 909

F 1 - 975

United States history

United States local history

Floor 9 PS 1 - 3626 American literature
Lower Level




Environmental history

Labor history

Gender and women's studies

Browse Virtually

Because of space limitations, some books have been stored off-site at the Annex. To include these materials in your browsing, use the ND Catalog's Virtual Shelf feature. It displays all materials in call number order, regardless of a book's physical location. 

Click Virtual Shelf in a record to view the item's topical neighbors.

Theses and Dissertations

These resources will help you find unpublished theses and dissertations, which present an author's research and findings as part of their degree candidacy or professional qualification.