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American and Canadian Studies: Bibliographic Databases

Subject support from Library Serrvices for staff and students in American and Canadian Studies

Tips for accessing databases

It is important to remember that whenever you are accessing databases you need use the Sign in link at the top right of FindIt@Bham to enter your University username and password to ensure that you get full access to all the resources. This proves to the suppliers of these resources that you are entitled to use them.

Literature Searching


Use bibliographic databases to search for a topic of interest.  Bibliographic databases will provide a list of relevant journal articles and sometimes also books, reports, working papers and conference proceedings. You can find tips on effective searching from the Literature Searching page.


Primary source databases

In addition to books, eBooks, journals and journal databases, some disciplines have other subject specific databases which provide primary source data. These will be invaluable for research, essays and dissertations.

Subject Specific databases can be found via FindIt@Bham. Click on the 'Find Databases' tab from the top navigation bar and enter the name of the database.

Using primary source databases to find information in your field

Primary source databases found on FindIt@Bham that are relevant to American and Canadian Studies include:

The following website may also be of interest:

American Memory
Library of Congress hosted gateway to digitised primary resources on American history – includes sound and film resources as well as text-based documents.