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									                  Guide to key resources on American Studies
                       University of Hong Kong Libraries


The University of Hong Kong Libraries has rich and substantial collections in support
of the teaching, learning and research on American Studies. The following guide
highlights some of the key resources owned by HKUL in the subject area.        All the
print, microform and audio-visual materials are available in the Main Library.
Electronic databases are available via the University computer network.


Getting Started


American national biography [Reference Book]
R 920.73A A51 G


Dictionary of American History [Reference Book]
R 973.03 D55 K


Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History [Reference Book]
R 973.0496073003 E5


Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History [Reference Book]
R 973.03 E56 C


Encyclopedia of the United States in the nineteenth century [Reference Book]
R 973.5 E56


Encyclopedia of the United States in the twentieth century [Reference Book]
R 973.03 E56 K


Handbook for research in American history : a guide to bibliographies and other

reference works [Reference Book]
R 016.973 P97


The Oxford companion to United States history [Electronic Database]
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/BOOK_SEARCH.htm
l?book=t119
Finding Articles in Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers in Electronic Databases


Academic Search Premier [Electronic Database]
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,200 scholarly journals covering the social sciences,
humanities, education and more. Also offers full text for over 1,000 journals with many dating
back to1990. Includes coverage of over 1,700 peer-reviewed journals.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/login.asp?profile=web&defaultdb=a
ph


America : history and life [Electronic Database]
Covers writings about the history and culture of United States and Canada from prehistory
through the recent past. Provides brief summaries of journal articles and book articles, as well
as listings for book reviews, media reviews, and dissertations. Also provides links to full text for
selected journal articles.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://serials.abc-clio.com/beta/go/ABC-Clio-Serials_v4


JSTOR [Electronic Database]
Provides fulltext online access to electronic archive of scholarly journal literature, with an
emphasis on the retrospective conversion of selected journals in history, economics, political
science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/jstor


OmniFile full text mega [Electronic Database]
Contains abstracts and indexes over 1,600 periodicals and provides the full text of some 594
periodicals. Coverage includes science, the humanities, the social sciences, general interest
topics, as well as business.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?prod=O
MNIFT


To view a complete list of databases, please point to the link below:
http://sunzi1.lib.hku.hk/ER/subject.jsp?subj=973&type=ad&total=20
Primary Sources


Archive of Americana [Electronic Database]
Comprehensive historical collections, containing books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers,
government documents and ephemera. Collections include:


     American broadsides and ephemera. Series I [Electronic Database]
     Offers fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed
     between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and
     1900.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=ABEA&s_startsearc
     h=keyword


     America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1922 [Electronic Database]
     Early American newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all
     50 present states. Its first series (1690-1875) "based largely on Clarence Brigham's
     "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers,1690-1820".
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=EANX


     American state papers, 1789-1838 [Electronic Database]
     Search or browse U.S. congressional materials originating from 1789 and covering
     through 1838, including 1st Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 2nd Session.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=ASPA


     Early American imprints. Series I, Evans, 1639-1800 [Electronic Database]
     Collection of digitized text and images from 17th and 18th century America based on the
     renowned American bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's
     Supplement to Evans' American bibliography.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=EVAN&s%5Fstart=e
     vans


     Early American imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 [Electronic
     Database]
     Provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides
     published in the first nineteen years of the nineteenth century. Based on the authoritative
     bibliography by Ralph B. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=SHAW
     Early American newspapers digital, 1690-1876 [Electronic Database]
     Based largely on Clarence Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American
     Newspapers,1690-1820.        Features the images and full-text content from scores of
     historical publications, perfectly complementing the Early American Imprints series.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=EANA


     U.S. Congressional serial set, 1817-1980 [Electronic Database]
     The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of
     the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitute a rich source of primary source
     material on all aspects of American history.
     http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=SERIAL&s


The declassified documents reference system [Electronic Database]
Full text and full page image for declassified documents from various U.S. government
agencies, including the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and others.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/hku


Dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time

[microfiche]
In Special Collections


Eighteenth century collections online [Electronic Database]
A comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which has aimed to
include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United
Kingdom, along with important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/hku?db=ECCO


Frontline diplomacy : the U.S. Foreign Affairs oral history collection [CD-ROM]
Contains transcripts of 893 individual histories plus 48 country-specific "readers" that describe
the events and struggles of U.S. diplomats in a changing world.
AV 327.73A F93


Literature online : the home of literature and criticism [Electronic Database]
A searchable database of more than 260,000 works of English and American poetry, drama,
and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key secondary sources.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://lion.chadwyck.co.uk/
Selected Americana from Sabin's Dictionary of books relating to America [microfiche]


In Special Collections


Past masters [Electronic Database]
Includes scholarly complete editions or selections from classics in philosophy, political science,
and economics. Includes an "American Thought" component featuring the works of Donald
Davidson, John Dewey, Charles Sanders Pierce, Josiah Royce, and George Santayana .
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://library.nlx.com/


The Sabin collection catalogue [CD-ROM]
This electronic index accesses over 14,000 titles from Primary Source Media's Sabin
Collection on microform. Includes material from every aspect of life in the Western Hemisphere
from 1493 to the 1890s.
AV 015.73 S11




U.S. Government Documents


Congressional record Permanent Edition [microfiche]
Provides a complete transcript of debates and other floor proceedings of the U.S. Congress.
Also contains documents and speeches placed on the record by members of Congress, as
well as the texts of bills, presidential messages, treaties, and various other materials important
to legislative and political research.
In Special Collections


CIS [microfiche]
Consists of congressional publications listed in and indexed by CIS Congressional masterfile 2,
which corresponds to CIS/Index to publications of the United States Congress.
In Special Collections


CIS index to US Senate executive documents & reports : covering documents and

reports not printed in the US serial set, 1817-1969 [Reference Book]
Catalogs and indexes the companion microfiche publication and permits access by subject,
personal names, document and report numbers.
XR 328.73071 C57
CIS index to unpublished US House of Representatives committee hearings [Reference

Book]
Covers unpublished hearings transcripts from 1833 to 1964. Provides comprehensive index
access to the subject matter and issues covered in these hearings, including bills, and laws
discussed, the Federal agencies concerned, the witnesses who testified, and the
organizations they represented.
XR 328.730765 C57 i3


CIS index to unpublished US Senate committee hearings [Reference Book]
Covers unpublished hearings transcripts from 1823. Provides comprehensive index access to
the subject matter and issues covered in these hearings, including bills, and laws discussed,
the Federal agencies concerned, witnesses who testified, and their organizations.
XR 328.730765 C57 i


CIS legislative histories : US public laws : Tort issues from 1970 [Electronic Database]


This file contains Legislative Histories, prepared by Congressional Information Service (CIS),
of key U.S. Public Laws from first consideration through presidential signature. Abstracts of the
hearings, reports, prints and documents cited in the Legislative Histories are also included in
the file. The file contains histories of laws pertaining to Mass Torts-Accidents law.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://www.lexisnexis.com/ap/auth/default.asp?customer=HK
U&ie6check=no


CIS US congressional committee hearings [microfiche]
Contains U.S. Congress committee hearings, 74th-91st congresses and supplements.
In Special Collections


CIS US Congressional committee hearings index [Reference Book]
Provides access to more than 40,000 titles published from the 1830s through 1969.
XR 328.730765 C57 U


CIS U.S. congressional committee prints [microfiche]
Covers monographic studies on topics of public concern; investigative reports; analyses of bills
and comparative prints of bills; confidential staff reports and printed memoranda; directories,
bibliographies, and other reference materials; reports on committee activities, drafts of
legislative reports, and other publications used by committees in their day-to-day work;
hearings excerpts, digests, and in some cases, full hearings texts.
In Special Collections
CIS US congressional committee prints index : from the earliest publications through

1969 [Reference Book]
Catalogs and indexes the companion microfiche publication and permits access by subject,
author, title and bill number.
R 328.730765 C57


CIS U.S. Senate executive documents and reports [microfiche]
Collection of Senate executive documents and reports from 1817 to 1969, providing the
background information on controversial nominations and treaties with foreign nations. Also
includes the texts of all major Indian treaties considered through 1870. Covers about 4,100
publications. Starts from 15th Congress 1st session and ends at 91st Congress 1st session.
In Special Collections


CIS US serial set [microfiche]
A compilation of House and Senate reports and House and Senate documents.
In Special Collections


CIS US serial set index [Reference Book]
Provides comprehensive access to information published between 1789 and 1969, including:
congressional publications, such as committee reports on public and private legislation, House
and Senate journals, directories, rule manuals, and histories of Congress and the Capitol;
executive branch publications, such as department and agency annual reports and special
recurring publications; and nongovernmental publications, such as reprints from magazines,
papers, professional journals and other sources.
XR 328.73 C57 U


A compilation of the messages and papers of the presidents [Reference Book]
Contains the messages and papers of the presidents of the US.
973 U58 P9


Journal of the House of Representatives of    the United States [microfiche]
Include all motions, all actions taken, and all votes; names and numbers of bills and
resolutions introduced, as well as references to related documents; titles of memorials and
petitions received; and texts of communications from the President. Spans the years 1789 to
1978.
In Special Collections
Also appears in Early American imprints. 1st series. Evans [Electronic Database]
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=EVAN&s%5Fstart=evans
Journal of the Senate    of the United States [microfiche]
Include all motions, all actions taken, and all votes; names and numbers of bills and
resolutions introduced, as well as references to related documents; titles of memorials and
petitions received; and texts of communications from the President. Spans the years 1789 to
1978.
In Special Collections
Also appears in Early American imprints. 1st series. Evans [Electronic Database]
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=EVAN&s%5Fstart=evans


Monthly catalog of United States government publications [Reference Book]
Describes Government information products available through the Federal Depository Library
Program.
XR 015.73061 U58 m


Public papers of the Presidents of the United States: containing the public messages,

speeches, and statements of the President [Reference Book]
Each volume in the series contains the public messages, speeches, and statements of a US
President.
Search for this title in Dragon catalogue to locate volumes for various Presidents


Unpublished U.S. House of Representatives committee hearings [microfiche]
A collection of microfiche reproductions of unpublished hearings transcripts from 1833 to 1964.
In Special Collections


Unpublished U.S. Senate committee hearings [microfiche]
A collection of microfiche reproductions of unpublished hearings transcripts from 1823 to 1972.
In Special Collections


Weekly compilation of Presidential documents [Electronic Database]
Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records
Administration and contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released
by the White House during the preceding week.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?db=aph&jn=WCP&scope
=site
American Newspapers


Ethnic NewsWatch (via Lexis.com) [Electronic Database]
The Ethnic NewsWatch is an indexed database of newspapers and other publications from the
ethnic and minority press in America to reflect the changing face of America and to address the
need for information for and about this new and expanding multicultural society.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://www.lexisnexis.com/ap/auth/default.asp?customer=HK
U&ie6check=no


Factiva [Electronic Database]
Provides worldwide full text coverage of local and regional newspapers, trade publications,
business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, business-rich Web
sites, investment analyst reports, market research reports, country and regional profiles,
company profiles, historical market data.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=https://global.factiva.com/en/sess/login.asp?xsid=S000GzkZ
pAmMXmnNdmnMTEpMpQuOTEv5DByWcNGOTNHYdNZUUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQ
UFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUFBQUEA


LEXIS-NEXIS academic universe [Electronic Database]
Includes a lot of news articles from many American newspapers, including New York Times,
Washington Post, etc.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe


ProQuest [Electronic Database]
The database includes periodicals and newspapers articles from over 5,000 publication
including national newspapers, with many in full text.
http://eproxy.lib.hku.hk/login?url=http://www.umi.com/pqdauto?ts=0




Electronic Journals
The University of Hong Kong Libraries has many e-journals on American Studies.
To view a complete list of e-journals, please point to the link below:
http://sunzi1.lib.hku.hk/ER/subject.jsp?subj=973&type=ej&total=67


Electronic Books
The University of Hong Kong Libraries has thousands of e-books on American Studies.
To view a complete list of e-journals, please point to the link below:
http://sunzi1.lib.hku.hk/ER/subject.jsp?subj=973&type=bk&total=20187

								
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