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 (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

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

    Egypt : contested revolution (Marfleet, Philip, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .M373 2016

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

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

    Black nationalist thought in South Africa : the persistence of an idea of liberation (Tafira, Hashi Kenneth, author.) Frost Library; DT1756 .T34 2016

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

    Theory, knowledge, development and politics Frost Library; DT19.8 .T54 2016

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

    Steve Biko : decolonial meditations of Black consciousness (Sithole, Tendayi, author.) Frost Library; DT1949.B55 S58 2016

    Place names in Africa : colonial urban legacies, entangled histories Frost Library; DT21 .P53 2016

    Historical dictionary of Zimbabwe (Rubert, Steven C., 1947-) Frost Library; DT2925 .R83 2001

    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

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

    Slavery's capitalism : a new history of American economic development Frost Library; E441 .S648 2016

    Understanding and teaching American slavery Frost Library; E441 .U45 2016

    New England bound : slavery and colonization in early America (Warren, Wendy (Professor of history) author.) Frost Library; E446 .W26 2016

    Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War (Manning, Chandra, author.) Frost Library; E453 .M24 2016

    Rethinking American Emancipation : Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom Frost Library; E453 .R44 2016

    Race and class in the colonial Bahamas : 1880-1960 (Saunders, Gail, author.) Frost Library; F1660.A1 S28 2016

    Indigenous passages to Cuba, 1515-1900 (Yaremko, Jason M., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; F1769 .Y37 2016

    A hidden history of the Cuban Revolution : how the working class shaped the guerrilla victory (Cushion, Steve, author.) Frost Library; F1788 .C87 2016

    Antiracism in Cuba : the unfinished revolution (Benson, Devyn Spence, author.) Frost Library; F1789.A1 B46 2016

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

    The Haiti exception : anthropology and the predicament of narrative Frost Library; F1922.9 .H35 2016

    Dangerous neighbors : making the Haitian revolution in early America (Dun, James Alexander, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; F1938.3 .D86 2016

    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

    Capital Cubans : refugee adaptation in Washington, D.C. (Boone, Margaret S.) Frost Library; F205.C97 B66 1989

    Caribbean dynamics : re-configuring Caribbean culture Frost Library; F2169 .C3653 2015

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

    The rivers ran backward : the Civil War and the remaking of the American middle border (Phillips, Christopher, 1959 November 1-, author.) Frost Library; F217.B67 P49 2016

    Ideology, politics, and radicalism of the Afro-Caribbean (Teelucksingh, Jerome, author.) Frost Library; F2191.B55 T44 2016

    Botchan emonogatari (Okamoto, Ippei, 1886-1948, illustrator. 岡本一平, 1886-1948. illustrator) Frost Library; PL812.A8 B6 2005

    The Chieko poems (Takamura, Kōtarō, 1883-1956.) Frost Library; PL817.A43 A27 2007

    Suna no onna Frost Library; PL845.B4 S8139

    Kurofune (Yoshimura, Akira, 1927-2006. 吉村昭, 1927-2006.) Frost Library; PL865.O72 K87 1994

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

    Konbini ningen (Murata, Sayaka, 1979- 村田沙耶香, 1979-) Frost Library; PL873.U73 K66 2016

    Umi no mieru rihatsuten (Ogiwara, Hiroshi, 1956- author. 荻原浩, 1956- author) Frost Library; PL874.G59 U54 2016

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

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

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