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Black Studies Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Data
  • Primary Sources
  • News
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • AllAfrica.com
    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.

    The long 1890s in Egypt : colonial quiescence, subterranean resistance Frost Library; DT107.6 .L66 2014

    African appropriations : cultural difference, mimesis, and media (Krings, Matthias, author.) Frost Library; DT14 .K75 2015

    Magnificent and beggar land : Angola since the Civil War (Oliveira, Ricardo Soares de, author.) Frost Library; DT1420 .O45 2015b

    Politcal identity and conflict in central Angola, 1975-2002 (Pearce, Justin, author.) Frost Library; DT1428 .P425 2015

    Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan : The 'Khartoum Springs' of 1964 and 1985 (Berridge, W. J., author.) Frost Library; DT157.5 .B46 2015

    The paradox of two Sudans : the CPA and the road to partition (Khālid, Manṣūr, 1931-, author.) Frost Library; DT157.673 .K485 2015

    African diaspora in the cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States Frost Library; DT16.5 .A327 2015

    A Canadian girl in South Africa : a teacher's experiences in the South African War, 1899-1902 (Graham, E. Maud, 1876-1949, author.) Frost Library; DT1916 .G73 2015

    Africa's past, our future (Smythe, Kathleen R., 1966- author.) Frost Library; DT20 .S57 2015

    Algerian War in French-language comics : postcolonial memory, history, and subjectivity (Howell, Jennifer, author.) Frost Library; DT295 .H68 2015

    Constitutions and conflict management in Africa Frost Library; DT30.5 .C666 2015

    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

    How Blacks built America : labor, culture, freedom, and democracy (Feagin, Joe R., author.) Frost Library; E185 .F36 2016

    The long emancipation : the demise of slavery in the United States (Berlin, Ira, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; E441 .B48 2015

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

    Slavery and secession in Arkansas : a documentary history Frost Library; E445.A8 S538 2015

    Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts (Romer, Robert H.) Frost Library; E445.M4 R65 2009

    John Brown speaks : letters and statements from Charlestown (Brown, John, 1800-1859, author.) Frost Library; E451 .B85 2015

    Cuba : from economic take-off to collapse under Castro (Salazar-Carrillo, Jorge, author.) Frost Library; F1788 .S3144 2015

    Life in a Black community : striving for equal citizenship in Annapolis, Maryland, 1902-1952 (Jopling, Hannah, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; F189.A6 N44 2015

    Haiti : trapped in the outer periphery (Fatton, Robert.) Frost Library; F1921 .F378 2014

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

    Puerto Rico past and present : an encyclopedia (Mendez Mendez, Serafín, author.) Frost Library; F1954 .F47 2015

    The guide to Black Washington (Fitzpatrick, Sandra.) Frost Library; F205.N4 F58 2001

    Guinea's other suns : the African dynamic in Trinidad culture (Warner-Lewis, Maureen, author.) Frost Library; F2119 .L49 2015

    The great melding (Feldman, Glenn, author.) Frost Library; F215 .F429 2015

    Shōnen Manshū dokuhon (Nagayo, Yoshirō, 1888-1961. 長与善郎, 1888-1961.) Frost Library; PL834.A43 S46 2015

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

    Suiyōbi no gaika (Nonami, Asa, 1960- 乃南アサ, 1960-) Frost Library; PL857.O494 S84 2015

    Death by water (Ōe, Kenzaburō, 1935- author.) Frost Library; PL858.E14 S8513 2015

    The story of Swahili (Mugane, John M., author.) Frost Library; PL8701 .M77 2015

    Swahili [sound recording] Frost Library; PL8701 .S934 2007

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