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Black Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Data
  • Primary Sources
  • News
  • Media
  • Web
  • New Titles
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).
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
    Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
  • PAIS International (1972 to present)
    Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
  • American Song
    Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.
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.

    Kingdoms and chiefdoms of southeastern Africa : oral traditions and history, 1400-1830 (Eldredge, Elizabeth A., author.) Frost Library; DT1107 .E43 2015

    Isizwe esinembali = Xhosa histories and poetry (1873-1888) (Gqoba, William Wellington.) Frost Library; DT1110.G66 I85 2015

    Jewels of ancient Nubia (Markowitz, Yvonne J., author.) Frost Library; DT159.6.N83 M37 2014

    Race, class and power : Harold Wolpe and the radical critique of Apartheid (Friedman, Steven, author.) Frost Library; DT1949.W64 F75 2015

    The Imperialism of French Decolonization (Ikeda, Ryo, 1970- author.) Frost Library; DT197.5.F8 I44 2015

    Satanism and family murder in late apartheid South Africa : imagining the end of whiteness (Falkof, Nicky, author.) Frost Library; DT1970 .F35 2015

    Divided rule : sovereignty and empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 (Lewis, Mary Dewhurst.) Frost Library; DT264 .L35 2014

    Our fighting sisters : nation, memory and gender in Algeria, 1954-2012 (Vince, Natalya, 1981- author.) Frost Library; DT295.5 .V55 2015

    Bitter harvest (Smith, Ian Douglas, 1919-2007.) Frost Library; DT2984.S65 A3 2008

    The African Union : addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance (Makinda, Samuel M., author.) Frost Library; DT30.5 .M257 2016

    Britain, Northern Rhodesia and the First World War : forgotten colonial crisis (Yorke, Edmund James, author.) Frost Library; DT3091 .Y67 2015

    Eighty-eight years : the long death of slavery in the United States, 1777-1865 (Rael, Patrick, author.) Frost Library; E441 .R28 2015

    The power to die : slavery and suicide in British North America (Snyder, Terri L., 1956-, author.) Frost Library; E443 .S594 2015

    Mumbet's Declaration of Independence (Woelfle, Gretchen, author.) Frost Library; E444.F87 W64 2014

    The "colored hero" of Harpers Ferry : John Anthony Copeland and the war against slavery (Lubet, Steven.) Frost Library; E451 .L829 2015

    Rethinking slave rebellion in Cuba : La Escalera and the insurgencies of 1841-1844 (Finch, Aisha K., author.) Frost Library; F1783 .F55 2015

    Haiti : a primer on its revolution and diaspora (Mombrun, Reginald, author.) Frost Library; F1921 .M645 2015

    Karibukai no "rakuen" : Dominika imin sanjūnen no kiseki (Takahashi, Yukiharu, 1950- 高橋幸春, 1950-) Frost Library; F1941.J3 T35 1987

    The U.S. South and Europe : transatlantic relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Frost Library; F209 .U15 2013

    Africa's narrative geographies (Crowley, Dustin, 1982- author.) Frost Library; PL8010 .C76 2015

    Rethinking African cultural productions Frost Library; PL8010 .R48 2015

    Utsukushii Nihon no watakushi : sono josetsu (Kawabata, Yasunari, 1899-1972. 川端康成, 1899-1972.) Frost Library; PL832.A9 U75 1969

    Bibō no jotei (Nagai, Michiko, 1925- 永井路子, 1925-) Frost Library; PL857.A3 B5 1985

    Kiswahili, msingi wa kusema kusoma na kuandika = Swahili, a foundation for speaking, reading, and wr (Hinnebusch, Thomas J.) Frost Library; PL8702 .H5 1998

    Fune o amu (Miura, Shion, 1976- author. Miura, Shion, 1976- author) Frost Library; PL873.I58 F86 2015

    Fune o amu Frost Library; PL873.I58 F869

    D.L.P. Yali-Manisi imbongi entsha : Iimbali Zamanyange = Historical Poems (Yali-Manisi, D. L. P.) Frost Library; PL8795.9 .Y35 2015