Black Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • News
  • Data
  • 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 with Full Text (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.
  • 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.

    Arab patriotism : the ideology and culture of power in late Ottoman Egypt (Mestyán, Ádám, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DT100 .M48 2017

    Militarizing the nation : the army, business, and revolution in Egypt (Abul-Magd, Zeinab, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DT107.827 .A29 2017

    Egypt in a time of revolution : contentious politics and the Arab Spring (Ketchley, Neil, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .K42 2017

    The Egyptians : a radical history of Egypt's unfinished revolution (Shenker, Jack, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .S4364 2016

    Cuba & Angola : the war for freedom (Pombo, author.) Frost Library; DT1165 .P66 2017

    The logic of ethnic and religious conflict in Africa (McCauley, John F., 1974- author.) Frost Library; DT15 .M35 2017

    Identifying with nationality : Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria (Hanley, Will, 1974- author.) Frost Library; DT154.A4 H375 2017

    Where the roads all end : photography and anthropology in the Kalahari (Barbash, Ilisa, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; DT1558.S38 B37 2016

    Breaking Sudan : the search for peace (Jok, Jok Madut, author.) Frost Library; DT159.944 .J65 2017

    Afro-Atlantic flight : speculative returns and the Black fantastic (Commander, Michelle D., 1978- author.) Frost Library; DT16.5 .C63 2017

    Art and ritual in the Black diaspora : archetypes of transition (Griffith, Paul A., 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DT16.5 .G79 2017

    Los espacios coloniales en las crónicas de Berbería (Martínez-Góngora, Mar.) Frost Library; DT174 .M37 2013

    Neoliberal apartheid : Palestine (Clarno, Andy, author.) Frost Library; DT1756 .C55 2017

    On building a social movement (Saul, John S., author.) Frost Library; DT1757 .S285 2017

    Unsettled history : making South African public pasts (Witz, Leslie, author.) Frost Library; DT1776 .W58 2017

    Politics of African anticolonial archive Frost Library; DT19 .P65 2017

    Promise and despair : the first struggle for a non-racial South Africa (Plaut, Martin, author.) Frost Library; DT1921 .P53 2016b

    Secure the base : making Africa visible in the globe (Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938-, author.) Frost Library; DT21 .N48 2016

    African insurgencies : from the colonial era to the 21st century (Lobban, Richard Andrew, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DT21.5 .L63 2017

    The nature of whiteness : race, animals, and nation in Zimbabwe (Suzuki, Yuka, author.) Frost Library; DT2913.E87 S89 2017

    Africa in world politics : constructing political and economic order Frost Library; DT30.5 .A3544 2017

    Ethnic politics and state power in Africa : the logic of the coup-civil war trap (Roessler, Philip G., author.) Frost Library; DT30.5 .R64 2016

    Victoria Falls and colonial imagination in British Southern Africa : turning water into gold (Arrington, Andrea L., author.) Frost Library; DT3140.V54 A77 2017

    Child slavery before and after emancipation : an argument for child-centered slavery studies Frost Library; E441 .C486 2017

    Servants, masters and the coercion of labor (O'Rourke, David K., author.) Frost Library; E443 .O76 2016

    The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo : the forgotten history of America's Dutch-owned slaves (Dewulf, Jeroen, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E445.N56 D48 2017

    Women in the world of Frederick Douglass (Fought, Leigh, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 F68 2017

    Freedom and resistance : a social history of black loyalists in the Bahamas (Curry, Christopher, 1971- author.) Frost Library; F1660.B55 C87 2017

    Intimations of modernity : civil culture in nineteenth-century Cuba (Pérez, Louis A., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; F1760 .P477 2017

    Exporting revolution : Cuba's global solidarity (Randall, Margaret, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; F1788 .R254 2017

    A nation for all : race, inequality, and politics in twentieth-century Cuba (Fuente, Alejandro de la, 1963-) Frost Library; F1789.A1 F84 2001

    The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates (Moore, Wes, 1978-) Frost Library; F189.B153 M66 2011

    Dangerous Neighbors : Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America (Dun, James Alexander, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; F1938.3 .D86 2016

    The Dominican racial imaginary : surveying the landscape of race and nation in Hispaniola (Ricourt, Milagros, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; F1941.A1 R53 2016

    Frontiers of the Caribbean (Nanton, Philip, author.) Frost Library; F2106 .N36 2017

    The book of the dead (Origuchi, Shinobu, 1887-1953, author.) Frost Library; PL835.R5 H513 2016

    The maids (Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 D3513 2017

    The sacred era : a novel (Aramaki, Yoshio, 1933-, author.) Frost Library; PL845.R29 S3513 2017

    Six four (Yokoyama, Hideo, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; PL877.5.O369 R6513 2017