African Art and the Diaspora

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-270  |  Black Studies, as BLST-293

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Faculty: Rowland O. Abiodun

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Print Reference Sources:

Arts of Africa: An Annotated Bibliography

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures

Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

Africana: the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience


  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
    Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • 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.
  • World Heritage Sites: Africa
    Digital resource covering the archaeology, history and culture of Africa through its heritage sites and landscape
  • Index Islamicus (1906 to present)
    Covers literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
  • AnthroSource (1988 to present)
    Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Web Resources




    Tips for finding books in the Five College Library Catalog

    Try searching by subject keyword. Some examples of subject searches:

    Art, Haitian

    Don't forget to use the subject headings from books you've already found!

    Title Keywords to search in Five College Catalog to find reference texts

    bibliography                         atlas
    dictionary                             encyclopedia
    guide                                     history

    A note on searching for exhibition catalogs
    Almost all Five College Library catalog records for exhibition catalogs contain the word "exhibitions," either as a subject term, or in the description. To find a catalog focused on a specific artist or topic, perform a keyword search that includes the artist's name (last name is often enough) or the topic word(s), and the word exhibition* (using the truncation symbol * searches for both the word exhibition and the subject term exhibitions). 

    Helpful name and vocubulary resources:

    Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
    Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
    Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)


      • ARTstor
        Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
      • Amherst College Digital Collections
        Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
      • Five Colleges Museums Collections Database
        Images of and information about catalogued works from the collections of museums in the Pioneer Valley, including the Mead Art Museum at Amherst, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Joseph Allen Skinner Museum of Mount Holyoke College, the Smith College Museum of Art, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

      Also see online museum collections in the Web Resources tab.