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.
  • Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
    Search the most recent global news content, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources including newspapers, newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites in full-text format. Provides one of the largest collections of news from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
  • 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.

    Generation Revolution : on the front line between tradition and change in the Middle East (Aspden, Rachel, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .A76 2016

    Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath : 2011-2016 (Bassiouni, M. Cherif, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .B37 2017

    Arab Fall : how the Muslim Brotherhood won and lost Egypt in 891 days (Trager, Eric, author.) Frost Library; DT107.88 .T94 2016

    The Civilizations of Africa : A History to 1800 (Ehret, Christopher, author.) Frost Library; DT14 .E36 2013

    Mohawks on the Nile : natives among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt 1884-1885 (Benn, Carl, 1953-) Frost Library; DT156.6 .B45 2009

    Darfur and the British : a sourcebook. (O'Fahey, R. S. (Rex S.) author, compiler.) Frost Library; DT159.6.D27 O43 2016

    South Sudan : a new history for a new nation (Johnson, Douglas H. (Douglas Hamilton), 1949-, author.) Frost Library; DT159.92 .J64 2016

    South Sudan the untold story : from independence to civil war (Johnson, Hilde F., author.) Frost Library; DT159.944 .J64 2016

    Affective circuits : African migrations to Europe and the pursuit of social regeneration Frost Library; DT16.5 .A29 2016

    Mobilising the diaspora : how refugees challenge authoritarianism (Betts, Alexander, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; DT16.5 .B48 2016

    An African Volk : the apartheid regime and its search for survival (Miller, Jamie, 1985-, author.) Frost Library; DT1768.A57 M55 2016

    Umkhonto we Sizwe : the ANC's armed struggle (Simpson, Thula, author.) Frost Library; DT1796 .S56 2016

    The enduring relevance of Walter Rodney's How Europe underdeveloped Africa (Hirji, Karim F., author.) Frost Library; DT19.7.R62 H57 2017

    Not without a fight : the autobiography (Zille, Helen, author.) Frost Library; DT1972.Z55 A3 2016

    Empires in the sun : the struggle for the mastery of Africa : 1830-1990 (James, Lawrence, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DT28 .J36 2016

    Black bodies, white gazes : the continuing significance of race in America (Yancy, George, author.) Frost Library; E185 .Y32 2016

    Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge (Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.) Frost Library; E444 .D86 2017

    Fugitive Testimony : On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives (Neary, Janet, author.) Frost Library; E444 .N43 2017

    Slavery on the periphery : the Kansas-Missouri border in the antebellum and Civil War eras (Epps, Kristen, author.) Frost Library; E445.K16 E67 2016

    An abolitionist abroad : Sarah Parker Remond in cosmopolitan Europe (Salenius, Sirpa, author.) Frost Library; E449.R319 S25 2016

    Driven toward madness : the fugitive slave Margaret Garner and tragedy on the Ohio (Taylor, Nikki Marie, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; E450.G225 T39 2016

    Paying freedom's price : a history of African Americans in the Civil War (Escott, Paul D., 1947-, author.) Frost Library; E453 .E746 2017

    We dream together : Dominican independence, Haiti, and the fight for Caribbean freedom (Eller, Anne, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; F1938.4 .E45 2016

    The first black slave society : Britain's "barbarity time" in Barbados, 1636-1876 (Beckles, Hilary, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; F2041 .B4345 2016

    Keywords for Southern studies Frost Library; F216.2 .K49 2016

    Island People : The Caribbean and the World (Jelly-Schapiro, Joshua, author.) Frost Library; F2169 .J45 2016

    An aqueous territory : sailor geographies and New Granada's transimperial greater Caribbean world (Bassi, Ernesto, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; F2175 .B37 2016

    The politics of coexistence in the Atlantic world : the Greater Caribbean (Parrotta, Priya, author.) Frost Library; F2177 .P37 2016

    Critique of Black reason (Mbembé, J.-A., 1957-, author.) Frost Library; HT1581 .M3313 2017

    Diaspora & returns in fiction Frost Library; PL8010 .D515 2016

    Plucking chrysanthemums : Narushima Ryūhoku and sinitic literary traditions in modern Japan (Fraleigh, Matthew, 1973-) Frost Library; PL812.A75 Z63 2016

    Are you an echo? : the lost poetry of Misuzu Kaneko (Kaneko, Misuzu, author.) Frost Library; PL832.A598 A6 2016 xx

    The Gourmet Club : a sextet (Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 A2 2017

    Red roofs & other stories (Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965, author.) Frost Library; PL839.A7 A6 2016

    Silence and beauty : hidden faith born of suffering (Fujimura, Makoto, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; PL849.N4 C535 2016

    In reito sutairu (Ōe, Kenzaburō, 1935- author. 大江健三郎, 1935- author.) Frost Library; PL858.E14 I47 2013

    New perspectives on Mazisi Kunene (Okoro, Dike, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PL8844.K79 Z67 2015