Black Diaspora from Africa to the Haitian Revolution

Fall 2012

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-191  |  History, as HIST-160; J. Celso Castro Alves (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more 
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.


Oxford Reference Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library 
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

African American Music Reference 
Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.

Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005). AC Frost Reference / DT14 .A37435 2005

Primary Sources

Primary Sources Research Guide
See, especially, the section on finding primary sources in the catalog. Combining keywords for your topic with primary source subheadings will often yield relevant results.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.

Five College Archives & Manuscripts Collection
Search over 1,500 finding aids describing the archives and manuscripts found at the Five Colleges.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980) 
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers, Series I and II (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) 
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

The Narrative and the Narrative: Cultural Detective Work with Special Collections Materials
Search for similar historical works to use as primary sources by using the Amherst College Library Catalog's Advanced Search, narrowing the "Location" to "AC Archives & Special Collections", and limiting the date range to the time frame of interest. You might try another search without narrowing the location, to see what is available to check out.