Childhood in African and Caribbean Literature

Spring 2014

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-362  |  English, as ENGL-318; C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Media
  • Citing Sources


Literature Resource Center
Start here to find full-text critical studies and biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Search the Amherst catalog for your author by doing a Subject (last name first) or Keyword search. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out.

Library of Congress: Country Studies
Description and analysis of historical setting and social, economic, and political systems.

Example of a class presentation in AC Apps (don't forget to go to the Share button in the upper right to change who can view before you post the link to Moodle)

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

African Writers Series
Complete texts of the Heinemann's African Writers Series.

Black Studies Center (25,000 BC to present)
Black Studies Center is a tool that supports research, teaching, and learning in Black Studies covering aspects of the black experience such as history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

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

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

ProQuest Search Platform
Cross-searches all content from the Library's subscribed ProQuest databases

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.



Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Bridgeman Education
A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

Digital Library of the Caribbean
Digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials 

Historic and academic map collections

Finding and Using Images library research guide

Citing Sources

MLA quick guide (from Purdue's OWL) and our library citation page
Be sure to properly credit the ideas referenced in your academic work; clear citations also mean that your reader can locate the books, articles, and other sources you used. Don't leave your bibliography until the very end: collect, manage, and format information about what you find as soon as you start your research.