Black Studies Research Guide

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  • Primary Sources
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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 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)

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.

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

    The Nile : natural and cultural landscape in Egypt Frost Library; DT116 .N55 2017

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

    Thabo Mbeki (Adebajo, Adekeye, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DT1949.M434 A34 2017

    Revolution and authoritarianism in North Africa (Volpi, Frédéric, author.) Frost Library; DT197.2 .V65 2017

    A history of Algeria (McDougall, James, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DT284 .M33 2017

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

    The crises of postcoloniality in Africa Frost Library; DT30.5 .C75 2015

    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

    A history of genocide in Africa (Stapleton, Timothy J. (Timothy Joseph), 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DT30.5 .S74 2017

    Slavery and silence : Latin America and the U.S. slave debate (Naish, Paul D., 1960-2016, author.) Frost Library; E441 .N35 2017

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

    The fearless Benjamin Lay : the Quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist (Rediker, Marcus, author.) Frost Library; E446 .R43 2017

    Theorizing race in the Americas : Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (Hooker, Juliet, author.) Frost Library; E449.D75 H66 2017

    Empire's guestworkers : Haitian migrants in Cuba during the age of the US occupation (Casey, Matthew (Historian) author.) Frost Library; F1787 .C37 2017

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

    Adio kerida = Goodbye dear love Frost Library; F1789.J4 A35

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

    Surviving Spanish conquest (Anderson-Córdova, Karen Frances, author.) Frost Library; F1909 .A53 2017

    Haiti will not perish : a recent history (Deibert, Michael, author.) Frost Library; F1921 .D45 2017

    The priest and the prophetess (Rey, Terry, author.) Frost Library; F1923 .R486 2017

    Toussaint Louverture : a black Jacobin in the age of revolutions (Forsdick, Charles, author.) Frost Library; F1923.T69 F67 2017

    Historical dictionary of New England (Holloran, Peter C., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; F2 .H65 2017

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

    Non-native speaker : selected and sundry essays (Cantalupo, Charles, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; PL8010 .C26 2017

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

    The Nakano Thrift Shop (Kawakami, Hiromi, 1958- author.) Frost Library; PL855.A859 F8713 2017

    The songs of Hiroshima : when Hiroshima is spoken of (Kurihara, Sadako.) Frost Library; PL855.U66 S6 1985

    Slow boat : a slow boat to China RMX (Furukawa, Hideo, 1966- author.) Frost Library; PL870.R85 C4813 2017

    Me (Hoshino, Tomoyuki, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; PL871.O752 M4 2017

    Iziganeko zesizwe : occasional poems (1900-1943) (Mqhayi, S. E. K., author.) Frost Library; PL8795.9.M65 I95 2017