American Studies Seminar 1: The Emerging IdentityPHS High School LibraryLast Updated: October 2014

Resource List: Print Material in the PHS Library related to the topic.

eReference Books: electronic books in the PHS Virtual Reference Library*

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  • American Eras, Volume 2: Includes essays on events, publications, lifestyles and individuals important to particular eras in U.S. history.

Web Portals (these allow the research to search multiple databases simultaneously).*

  • Artemis: Portal to PHS's Literary Criticism databases.
  • Gale PowerSearch: Allows searching of all or selected Gale Databases.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL): Links to all the PHS ebooks in the GVRL
  • SIRS: A database portal comprised of six reference databases. Relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities.


  • Student Resources in Context: The premier online resource covering all core subjects from Science to Literature to History. It provides an engaging online experience to help students develop both research and critical-thinking skills while covering the spectrum of student-focused subject matter.
  • US History in Context: Provides a complete overview of U.S. history covering the most studied topics, issues and current information from the arrival of Vikings in North America 1,000 years ago to Vietnam, Watergate and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It combines Primary Source documents, reference articles, as well as other content such as country and era overview information, full-text periodicals and journals.

*User names and passwords to all our databases and portals are located on the PHS Database Page.