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American Studies

Resources available to W&M students of American Studies. Covers databases for research along with introductory texts for students considering majoring in the field.

Primary Sources at W&M

Swem Library is also home to the Special Collections Research Center, which has a large and varied collection that can add unique angles and perspectives to your research. You will need to make a separate appointment with them to view the material, and none of it circulates. However, in some cases there are digital versions available via the W&M Digital Archive, and in most cases they do allow photography of their material.

Special Collections has made individual research guides of specific subjects covered in their holdings. Check out the guides for topics such as: African-Americans, American Religious History, Animal Studies (W&M has the second largest collection of books related to dogs!), Armed Conflicts & the Military, Asian & Pacific Americans, Film & Media, Music, and Travel Literature. Also, if your research involves doing oral histories, make sure to check out the SCRC's guide for doing Oral History.