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American Studies

This guide contains resources and research techniques for students in American Studies.


Books provide comprehensive, broad coverage of a given topic, including background or historical information. Many, but not all, books are written by scholars and published by University presses and scholarly associations. These would be considered scholarly, academic, and authoritative sources.


Search for books and eBooks using the Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog.

Browse the Shelves by Call Number

Materials in the library are arranged in Library of Congress call number order (subject order).  Below is a list of call number ranges that may be helpful for research in American Studies.

  • E 151-889: United States History (includes African-American Studies at E 185)
  • F 1-975: United States Local History (includes Missouri at F 466 and St. Louis at F474)
  • HN 50-90: Social History & Conditions (United States)
  • JK: Politcal Institutions and Public Administration (United States)
  • KF: Law (United States)
  • N: Fine Arts
  • P 87-96: Communication, Mass Media
  • PN 1600-3307: Drama (Broadcasting, Theater, Motion Pictures, etc.) 
  • PS: American Literature

How to Get a Book

1. Search the SLU Libraries Catalog by title, author, subject, or keyword.

2. When you find a book, make note of its current status (checked out or available), library location, and call number. Pius Library location links are clickable and lead to a call number location guide

3. Go to the appropriate library and floor to retrieve your book and check it out at the library's circulation desk with your SLU ID.

To find books in Missouri's academic libraries (and a few public libraries), search the MOBIUS Catalog

To find books in Colorado and Wyoming, search Prospector. 

To find books in U.S. libraries (and beyond), search WorldCat