Black Studies Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Africa Knowledge Project (1999-Present)
    Africa Knowledge Project, known as AKP, promotes Critical African Studies. It disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora.
  • African Writers Series
    Complete texts of the Heinemann's African Writers Series.
  • America, History & Life (1964 to present)
    Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
  • 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.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
    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.
  • PAIS Index (1972 to present)
    Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Also see the Primary Sources research guide.
  • African American Newspapers (Readex) (1827-1998)
    Provides access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers from more than 35 states and chronicles a century and a half of the African American experience.
  • African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives) (1827-1902)
    Starting with Freedom's Journal in 1827, the database will eventually contain all major African-American newspapers published in the U.S. during the 19th century.
  • Aluka
    Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.
  • American Slavery Collection (1820-1922)
    This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society's holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years.
  • 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.
  • ArchiveGrid
    Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.
  • Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876)
    Fully searchable digitized collection of 18th- and 19th-century Caribbean newspapers, including 66 titles from 22 islands
  • 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.
Use these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the Primary Sources tab or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • 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.
  • AllAfrica
    Content from newspapers, news agencies and publications from the African continent.
  • Alternative Press Index (1969 to present)
    Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.
  • Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present)
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present)
    News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.
  • Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
    Search the most recent global news, including major US dailies, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources that include newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and more in full-text format.
  • iPOLL
    Database contains survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 70+ years by more than 150 survey organizations. Create a personal registration for access to full features.
  • Social Explorer (1790 to present)
    Access to data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, religious congregations, and other sources, with options to create thematic and interactive maps and reports.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
    Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.
  • American Music
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video
    Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    One of the most comprehensive collections of Jazz music available online.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Black Studies Resources in Archives & Special Collections
Resource guide for materials related to Black Studies and the black experience at Amherst college in Amherst College's Archives and Special Collections.

Digital Harlem 1915-1930 
Award-winning historical research project using mapping layers and public records to illustrate everyday life for African-American New Yorkers

Digital Schomburg 
Online exhibits, books, images, and other resources from the NYPL's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Who Speaks for the Negro?: An Archival Collection
Digital archive of the original reel-to-reel recordings that Warren compiled for each of his interviewees, as well as print materials related to the book of the same name, published in 1965.

    Affluence without abundance : the disappearing world of the bushmen (Suzman, James, author.) Frost Library; DT1058.S36 S89 2017

    Managing heritage in Africa : who cares? (Ndoro, Webber, author.) Frost Library; DT13 .N36 2018

    State and culture in postcolonial Africa : enchantings Frost Library; DT14 .S73 2017

    Uncut funk : a contemplative dialogue (hooks, bell, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DT16.5 .H66 2018

    Bantu Africa : 3500 BCE to present (Fourshey, Cymone, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; DT16.B2 F68 2018

    Internal frontiers : African nationalism and the Indian diaspora in twentieth-century South Africa (Soske, Jon, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DT1924 .S67 2017

    Dare not linger : the presidential years (Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.) Frost Library; DT1974 .M327 2017

    The limits of transition : the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 years on Frost Library; DT1974.2 .L56 2017

    The Aghlabids and their neighbours : art and material culture in ninth-century North Africa Frost Library; DT199 .A74 2018

    Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe : politics, power, and memory Frost Library; DT2999.N56 J67 2017

    Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram : guerrilla insurgency or strategic terrorism? (Maszka, John, 1963- author.) Frost Library; DT30.5 .M2835 2018

    Everyday life in global Morocco (Newcomb, Rachel, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DT312 .N48 2017

    Chocolate cities : the Black map of American life (Hunter, Marcus Anthony, author.) Frost Library; E185 .H86 2018

    The weeping time : memory and the largest slave auction in American history (Bailey, Anne C. (Anne Caroline) author.) Frost Library; E442 .B19 2017

    Scenes of subjection : terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America (Hartman, Saidiya V.) Frost Library; E443 .H37 1997

    Bound to the fire : how Virginia's enslaved cooks helped invent American cuisine (Deetz, Kelley Fanto, author.) Frost Library; E445.V8 D44 2017

    Antebellum posthuman : race and materiality in the mid-nineteenth century (Ellis, Cristin, 1978- author.) Frost Library; E449 .E483 2018

    Through darkness to light : photographs along the underground railroad : a photographic essay (Michna-Bales, Jeanine, author, photographer.) Frost Library; E450 .M58 2017 x

    Creole clay : heritage ceramics in the contemporary Caribbean (Fay, Patricia J., author.) Frost Library; F1619.3.P6 F39 2017

    Ideology, regionalism, and society in Caribbean history Frost Library; F1623 .I346 2017

    Cuban cultural heritage : a rebel past for a revolutionary nation (Alonso González, Pablo, author.) Frost Library; F1776 .A45 2018

    Cuba : the pearl of the Antilles Frost Library; F1776 .C83a

    Cuba : the forgotten revolution Frost Library; F1787.5 .C83

    Inside Camp David : the private world of the presidential retreat (Giorgione, Michael, author.) Frost Library; F189.C26 G56 2017

    Borders of visibility : Haitian migrant women and the Dominican nation-state (Shoaff, Jennifer L., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; F1941.H3 S53 2017

    The sweetness of life : southern planters at home (Genovese, Eugene D., 1930-2012, author.) Frost Library; F213 .G475 2017

    Spiral staircase (Hirato, Renkichi, 1893-1922, author.) Frost Library; PL808.I6925 A2 2017

    Dandelions (Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972, author.) Frost Library; PL832.A9 T313 2017

    Devils in daylight (Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 H313 2017

    Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichirō and Matsuko (Chambers, Anthony H. (Anthony Hood) author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 Z57 2017

    Wild grass on the riverbank (Itō, Hiromi, 1955- author.) Frost Library; PL853.T56 K313 2014

    Record of a night too brief (Kawakami, Hiromi, 1958- author. 川上弘美, 1958- author.) Frost Library; PL855.A859 A2 2017

    Hiroshima (Oda, Makoto, 1932-2007 小田実, 1932-2007.) Frost Library; PL858.D3 H57 1997

    Legend of the galactic heroes. Volume 1, Dawn (Tanaka, Yoshiki, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL862.A5343 G5513 2016 v.1

    Legend of the galactic heroes. Volume 2, Ambition (Tanaka, Yoshiki, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL862.A5343 G5513 2016 v.2

    Legend of the galactic heroes. Volume 3, Endurance (Tanaka, Yoshiki, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL862.A5343 G5513 2016 v.3

    Legend of the galactic heroes. Volume 4, Stratagem (Tanaka, Yoshiki, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL862.A5343 G5513 2016 v.4

    Legend of the galactic heroes. Volume 5, Mobilization (Tanaka, Yoshiki, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL862.A5343 G5513 2016 v.5

    Outline of Swahili literature : prose fiction and drama Frost Library; PL8703.5 .B47 2009

    Spring garden (Shibasaki, Tomoka, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PL875.5.H52 H3713 2017

    The part of me that isn't broken inside (Shiraishi, Kazufumi, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PL875.5.H57 B6513 2017

    Xhosa poets and poetry (Opland, Jeff, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; PL8795.7 .O65 2017