Black Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • News
  • Data
  • Media
  • Web
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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 (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
    Full-text backfiles of over one 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)
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.
    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.
  • Newsstand (ProQuest)
    Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.
  • 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 Song
    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
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.

    The angel : the Egyptian spy who saved Israel (Bar-Joseph, Uri, author.) Frost Library; DT107.828.M375 B3713 2016

    Nasser's republic : the making of modern Egypt Frost Library; DT107.83 .N384

    Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath : 2011-2016 (Bassiouni, M. Cherif, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .B37 2017

    Egypt beyond Tahrir Square Frost Library; DT107.88 .E346 2016

    The Egyptians : a radical story (Shenker, Jack, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .S44 2016

    The Civilizations of Africa : A History to 1800 (Ehret, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; DT14 .E36 2013

    Nihilism and negritude : ways of living in Africa (Monga, Célestin, author.) Frost Library; DT14 .M6513 2016

    Human rights, race, and resistance in Africa and the African diaspora Frost Library; DT15 .H86 2017

    Sudan : the failure and division of an African state (Cockett, Richard, author.) Frost Library; DT159.6.D27 C63 2016

    A history of South Sudan : from slavery to independence (Rolandsen, Øystein H., author.) Frost Library; DT159.94 .R65 2016

    Affective circuits : African migrations to Europe and the pursuit of social regeneration Frost Library; DT16.5 .A29 2016

    South Africa : the rise and fall of apartheid (Clark, Nancy L., author.) Frost Library; DT1757 .C52 2016

    Selling apartheid : South Africa's global propaganda war (Nixon, Ron, author.) Frost Library; DT1757 .N595 2016

    The rhetorical origins of apartheid (Roth, Mia, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DT1928 .R68 2016

    Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela : reflections through the eyes of poets Frost Library; DT1949.M35 N4 2016

    We Are Not Such Things (Van der Leun, Justine, author.) Frost Library; DT1974.2 .V35 2016

    West Germany, Cold War Europe and the Algerian War (Von Bülow, Mathilde, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DT295 .V66 2016

    Understanding Zimbabwe : from liberation to authoritarianism (Dorman, Sara Rich, author.) Frost Library; DT2981 .D67 2016

    Writing history from the margins : African Americans and the quest for freedom Frost Library; E184.65 .W78 2017

    Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America Frost Library; E185 .D66 2016 x

    Black bodies, white gazes : the continuing significance of race in America (Yancy, George, author.) Frost Library; E185 .Y32 2016

    Moral commerce : Quakers and the Transatlantic boycott of the slave labor economy (Holcomb, Julie, author.) Frost Library; E441 .H69 2016

    The United States and the transatlantic slave trade to the Americas, 1776-1867 (Marques, Leonardo, author.) Frost Library; E441 .M36 2016

    Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge (Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.) Frost Library; E444 .D86 2017

    Dark work : the business of slavery in Rhode Island (Clark-Pujara, Christy, author.) Frost Library; E445.R4 C55 2016

    An abolitionist abroad : Sarah Parker Remond in cosmopolitan Europe (Salenius, Sirpa, author.) Frost Library; E449.R319 S25 2016

    The Caribbean and the wider world : commentaries on my life and career (McIntyre, Alister, author.) Frost Library; F1621.M35 A3 2016

    Border crossing brothas : black males navigating race, place, and complex space (Douglas, Ty-Ron M.O., 1979- author.) Frost Library; F1640.N4 D68 2016

    Mi tío no se llama Sam (González Quesada, Alfons.) Frost Library; F1788 .G66 2016

    El negro en Cuba, 1902-1958 (Fernández Robaina, Tomás, 1941-) Frost Library; F1789.N3 R6 1994

    Seams of empire : race and radicalism in Puerto Rico and the United States (Alamo-Pastrana, Carlos, author.) Frost Library; F1983.A1 A43 2016

    The National Mall : no ordinary public space (Benton-Short, Lisa, author.) Frost Library; F203.5.M2 B45 2016

    The American South : a history (Cooper, William J., Jr. (William James), 1940-, author.) Frost Library; F209 .C64 2016

    Seeking imperialism's embrace (Childers, Kristen Stromberg.) Frost Library; F2151 .C53 2016

    Caribbean popular culture : power, politics and performance Frost Library; F2169 .C37 2016

    African Futures : thinking about the future through word and image Frost Library; PL8011 .A475 2016

    The writing of the nation : expressing identity through Congolese literary texts and films (Kapanga, Kasongo M., author.) Frost Library; PL8014.C75 K37 2017

    Plucking chrysanthemums : Narushima Ryūhoku and sinitic literary traditions in modern Japan (Fraleigh, Matthew, 1973-) Frost Library; PL812.A75 Z63 2016

    The lady of Musashino = Musashino fujin Frost Library; PL835.O5 M89

    Red roofs & other stories (Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 A6 2016

    Hadashi no Gen : ehon (Nakazawa, Keiji 中沢啓治.) Frost Library; PL857.A429 H34 1980 x

    In reito sutairu (Ōe, Kenzaburō, 1935- author. 大江健三郎, 1935- author.) Frost Library; PL858.E14 I47 2013

    Hibana (Matayoshi, Naoki, 1980- author. 又吉直樹, 1980- author.) Frost Library; PL873.A83 H53 2015

    Kyūnenmae no inori (Ono, Masatsugu, 1970- author. 小野正嗣, 1970- author.) Frost Library; PL874.N6 K98 2014

    Doomi golo--the hidden notebooks (Diop, Boubacar Boris, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; PL8785.9.D56 D6614 2016

    John Solilo : umoya wembongi : collected poems (1922-1935) (Solilo, John, author.) Frost Library; PL8795.9.S65 A2 2016

    New perspectives on Mazisi Kunene (Okoro, Dike, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PL8844.K79 Z67 2015

    Two Zulu poets : Mazisi Kunene & B.W. Vilakazi Frost Library; PL8844.Z95 E5 2015