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).
  • JSTOR
    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.

    Undercurrents of power : aquatic culture in the African diaspora (Dawson, Kevin (Historian), author.) Frost Library; DT16.5 .D39 2018

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

    The ANC's war against apartheid : Umkhonto we Sizwe and the liberation of South Africa (Davis, Stephen R., 1977- author.) Frost Library; DT1953 .D38 2018

    Foreign policy in post-apartheid South Africa : security, diplomacy and Frost Library; DT1971 .F675 2018

    Woman in the wings : Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the race for the presidency (Du Plessis, Carien, author.) Frost Library; DT1972.Z865 D82 2017

    Dreams, betrayal, and hope (Ramphele, Mamphela, author.) Frost Library; DT1974 .D74 2017

    Cradock : how segregation and apartheid came to a South African town (Butler, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; DT2060 .B88 2017

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

    Robert Mugabe (Onslow, Sue, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; DT3000 .O57 2018

    Africa in the colonial ages of empire (Mentan, Tatah, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; DT31 .M46 2018

    Colonial al-Andalus : Spain and the making of modern Moroccan culture (Calderwood, Eric, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DT312 .C35 2018

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

    The great stain : witnessing American slavery (Rae, Noel (Noel Martin Douglas) author.) Frost Library; E441 .R34 2018

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

    Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" (Hurston, Zora Neale, author.) Frost Library; E444.L49 H87 2018

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

    The Frederick Douglass papers. Series three, Correspondence (Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.) Frost Library; E449.D75 A4 2009

    Frederick Douglass : America's prophet (Dilbeck, D. H., author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 D55 2018

    Frederick Douglass : self-made man (Sandefur, Timothy, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 S245 2018

    The apocalypse of settler colonialism (Horne, Gerald, author.) Frost Library; E45 .H67 2017

    Honoring ancestors in sacred space (Turner, Grace, author.) Frost Library; F1659.N3 T87 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

    La democracia republicana en Cuba, 1940-1952 : actores, reglas y estrategias electorales (Rodríguez Arechavaleta, Carlos Manuel, author.) Frost Library; F1787.5 .R624 2017

    A promising reality : reflections on race, gender, and culture in Cuba Frost Library; F1789.A1 P76 2018

    The Watergate : inside America's most infamous address (Rodota, Joseph, author.) Frost Library; F204.W38 R63 2018

    Writings on Caribbean history, literature, art and culture : one love Frost Library; F2169 .W758 2018

    The Indian Caribbean : migration and identity in the diaspora (Roopnarine, Lomarsh, author.) Frost Library; F2191.E27 R66 2018

    Sōseki : modern Japan's greatest novelist (Nathan, John, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; PL812.A8 Z82548 2018

    Hideyoshi and Rikyū (Nogami, Yaeko, 1885-1985, author.) Frost Library; PL834.O4 H513 2018