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).
  • JSTOR
    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.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.
  • 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.

    What colonialism ignored : 'African potentials' for resolving conflicts in southern Africa Frost Library; DT1019 .W43 2016

    Anwar Al-Sadat : transforming the Middle East (Tignor, Robert L., author.) Frost Library; DT107.85 .T54 2016

    Doing conceptual history in Africa Frost Library; DT14 .D65 2016

    Putting knowledge to work : from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange Frost Library; DT14 .P88 2016

    Next time they'll come to count the dead : war and survival in South Sudan (Turse, Nick, author.) Frost Library; DT159.944 .T87 2016

    The new black middle class in South Africa (Southall, Roger.) Frost Library; DT1758 .S68 2016

    The new black middle class in South Africa (Southall, Roger.) Frost Library; DT1758 .S68 2016

    The Secret Society : Cecil John Rhodes's plan for a new world order (Brown, Robin, 1937-) Frost Library; DT1851.R56 B76 2015

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

    A simple freedom : the strong mind of Robben Island prisoner no. 468 (Kathrada, A. M. (Ahmad M.) author.) Frost Library; DT1949.K38 A3 2016

    The road to Soweto : resistance and the uprising of 16 June 1976 (Brown, Julian (Of University of the Witwatersrand) author.) Frost Library; DT1959 .B76 2016

    Morning in South Africa (Campbell, John, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DT1971 .C36 2016

    The decolonial Mandela : peace, justice and the politics of life (Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J., author.) Frost Library; DT1974 .N38 2016

    Mandela's dark years : a political theory of dreaming (Sliwinski, Sharon, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DT1974 .S65 2015

    Political rationale and international consequences of the war in Libya Frost Library; DT236 .P65 2016

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

    Mecca of revolution : Algeria, decolonization, and the Third World order (Byrne, Jeffrey James, author.) Frost Library; DT295 .B96 2016

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

    Master narratives, identities, and the stories of former slaves (Clifton, Jonathan (Lecturer in business communication) author.) Frost Library; E444 .C635 2016

    The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a slave and as a freeman (Loguen, Jermain Wesley, author.) Frost Library; E444 .L83 2016

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

    Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 (Wheat, David, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; F1621 .W47 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

    Cuba : what everyone needs to know (Sweig, Julia, author.) Frost Library; F1788 .S955 2016

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

    The Haitian Revolution and the early United States : histories, textualities, geographies Frost Library; F1923 .H35 2016

    Travesty in Haiti (Schwartz, Timothy T.) Frost Library; F1928.2 .S39 2010

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

    Dollar diplomacy by force : nation-building and resistance in the Dominican Republic (Tillman, Ellen D., author.) Frost Library; F1938.45 .T55 2016

    Southern crucible : the making of an American region (Link, William A., author.) Frost Library; F209 .L56 2015

    Southerners, the social psychology of sectionalism (Reed, John Shelton.) Frost Library; F216.2 .R44 1983

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

    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

    Literature, history and identity in Northern Nigeria (National Conference on Literature in Northern Nigeria (7th : 2012 : Kano, Nigeria), creator.) Frost Library; PL8014.N6 N38 2012

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

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

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