Area and Cultural Studies: North American Studies : Databases

Area and Cultural Studies: Latin American and North American Studies.Resources available via the Helsinki University Library: articles, journals, e-books, books, databases and other digital collections.

U.S. Declassified Documents Online

U.S. Declassified Documents Online (Gale) provides facts and insights into the political, economic, and social conditions of the United States and other countries. The resource offers unique insights into the inner workings of the US government and world events in the 20th and 21st centuries.
   The types of materials include intelligence studies, policy papers, diplomatic correspondence, cabinet meeting minutes, briefing materials, and domestic surveillance and military reports. A significant primary source for researchers in almost every discipline (Gale).


Find a Database (Helka)

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.

Political Science and International Relations

Databases, Text Collections

 Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity [open access]

Useful websites

Research Methods 

 Sage Research Methods

Multi-content Core Databases

Primary Sources for the North American Studies


Selection of Resources: Native American Studies

Digital Collections

Law and Treaties

Archives & Museums


Media and Film Studies

Resource Guides

Film research (Helsinki University Library)

Southern Studies

Databases, Digital Collections

Institutes, Resource Guides

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Digital Library of America (DLA)

DPLA is available for free to the public and offers digital access to photographs, manuscripts, maps, recordings, music scores, videos and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the U.S. 

Making of America (MoA)

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. 

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

More Open Access Resources