United States Studies websites

Note: This page links to general resources. See individual subject guides for more detailed lists of resources by topic, especially Politics and Economics

United States


American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Library of Congress & WBGH Boston project to digitally preserve the most important public radio & TV broadcasts since the 1940s

American Memory

Gateway to digitised American historical materials from the Library of Congress. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections. The original formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music. Collections may be browsed & searched individually, or searched across multiple collections.

Digital Public Library of America

Cooperative effort that ultimately aims to become the national digital library

Documenting the American South

Excellent digitised resources primarily from the holdings of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, materials include books, posters, diaries, letters, artifacts, oral histories, songs.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Vast and growing array of resources covering all areas and periods

Making of America

Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through to reconstruction.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

Diverse & extensive range of resources online


Amistad Research Center

Houses the collections of the American Missionary Association (AMA). Includes some digital collections of documents & photographs, most relating to the fight against slavery, the civil rights movement, and AMA schools

Civil Rights History Project

Maintained by the Library of Congress with extensive video interviews with key figures

MLA Language Map of the USA

Uses data from the 2000 census and updates from the American Community Survey. Detail down to zip code level

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

Founded in 1909, the oldest & largest civil rights organisation

Hispanic Trends (Pew Research Center)

Includes major annual (2002-) National Survey of Latinos

Southern Poverty Law Center

Major civil rights organisation


American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy

Important free market oriented institute. Some publications are freely available as full text documents

Foundation Center

Gateway to the US philanthropy and grant awarding sector. Includes useful free statistics and an extensive catalogue of literature relating to non-profit organisations in the US

Pew Research Center

Respected nonpartisan centre carries out opinion polls and other data driven research to analyse issues and trends shaping America across these broad themes: US politics, media, social trends, religion, internet & technology, science, Hispanics. Useful source of reports & data


Free access to an online repository of public policy research from over 200 (mainly US) think tanks &research centres. Most items are offered in full text and date from 2007/8 onwards.


Free access to more than 25 000 publications from over 300 free market policy institutes in the USA, from the mid-1990s onwards. Maintained by the Heartland Institute


The RAND Corporation is an important non-profit institution that aims to improve policy and decision-making through analysis of the challenges facing the US and the world. These challenges include such issues as education, poverty, crime, and the environment, as well as national security. Many of its publications are available online.

Urban Institute

Free access to reports and data focusing on issues particularly relevant to metropolitan areas in the US


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