FYE 1092: The American Dream

Books in the Main Stacks

This search takes you to a selection of items in the library that deal with the idea of the American Dream:

American Dream

After you have a specific book for your paper, you can search for more information by using keywords that match what your book focuses on. Some examples from this class might include: “middle class”, “consumer culture”, housing, families, suburbs, etc.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Use reference sources like those listed below to get an introduction to a topic and to look for research possibilities.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
For statistics compiled by the federal government on a host of areas from housing to wages.

Credo Reference
Credo is a database made up of hundreds of encyclopedias and reference sources. It’s a great first stop to help you define and understand your topic.

American Dream Topic Page

Then search for your topic:

Print Reference Collection

Finkelman, Paul. Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

Harlow, Mary, Ray Laurence, Louise J. Wilkinson, Sandra Cavallo, Silvia Evangelisti, Elizabeth A. Foyster, James A. Marten, Colin Heywood, Joseph M. Hawes, and N R. Hiner. A Cultural History of Childhood and Family. Oxford: Berg, 2010. Print.

Lackmann, Ronald W. The Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Television. New York: Checkmark Books, 2003. Print

Odo, Franklin. The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. Print.

Shifflett, Crandall A. Victorian America, 1876 to 1913. New York: Facts on File, 1996. Print.

Tompkins, Vincent, Judith Baughman, Victor Bondi, Richard Layman, Eric L. Bargeron, and James F. Tidd. American Decades. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994. Print.

Find Articles

You’ll find articles through the Library’s databases. Think of these as search engines that search through thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Start with Academic Search Premier. It covers a lot of topics that you might be researching in this class.

Academic Search Premier



ProQuest Social Science Journals
This database searches a collection of journals related to the social sciences

If you need more, you can pick a different database by using our subject guide to databases.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Guide to Citation Styles
    These pages will give you basic examples of how to cite in APA,MLA, Chicago and other styles. If you’re using the “cite this” function of a database or the library catalog, make sure you check the formatting against these official guides.

  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.

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Last updated September 23, 2013, at 11:36 AM by Chris