Childhood in African and Caribbean Literature

Spring 2011

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-29  |  English, as ENGL-55; C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Web Resources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

ATLA Religion Database (1949 to present)
Index to journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion.

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.

GenderWatch (1970 to present)
Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

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

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

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

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.


Biography in Context
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.

Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Oxford English Dictionary
Key dictionary of English language on historical principles.

Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers: First, Second, and Third Series (Ref PR 9205 A52 T88)
Illustrated biographies of selected major authors from Caribbean region and Africa. Lists both original and critical publications.

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature (Ref PN 849 C3 E53 2006)
Newer but not as substantial as some other reference works.

African Writers (Ref PL 8010 A453 1997)
Two volumes of critical surveys of major writers from Africa, with bibliographies.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
A handy guide to words, concepts, phrases, etc. used in the serious study of literature.

Invaluable quick source for information about population, health, economies, geography, education and more for countries.

Background Notes
More information about politics, economies, land, resources, etc.

African Caribbeans: a Reference Guide (Ref F 1629 B55 A37 2003)
Chapters covering history and culture of selected Caribbean islands and countries. A place to begin, not end, a search for background.

New Encyclopedia of Africa (Ref DT 2 N48 2008)
A 5-volume survey of many aspects of African culture, history, arts, and more.

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History (Ref DT 29 E53 2003)
Use this to look up subjects, places, people, etc.

When you are reading any literature, use a good, unabridged dictionary like the OED Online, which gives definitions and also illustrates historical changes in words' meanings; its size and scholarly inclusiveness mean that you are likely to find even words which have recently migrated into English. But also try Encarta World English Dictionary (Ref PE 1628 S5824 1999) or more specialized works like the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage (Ref PE 3304 D33 1996) or A Dictionary of South African English (Ref PE 3451 D53 1996) or A Dictionary of Africanisms (Ref PE 3401 D3 1982).

Full Text Collections

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.

Web Resources

Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources from Stanford, for the African Studies Association.

African Studies online resources from Columbia University Libraries.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas.

LANIC: Caribbean Regional Resources from the Latin American Network Information Center.