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African & African American Studies Databases
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality
Select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. Supports a wide range of students and researchers exploring the ongoing racial injustice in the U.S.
Black Life in America 1976 to Today (1878-1975 temporary trial until 3/4/21)
From Readex/Newsbank. Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from 1976 to Present. Covers people, events, achievements, and impacts. Updated daily. Deep coverage from over 12,000 local, regional, national, and international news sources. Full text/keyword searching, as well as access by eras, topics, people, and events.
Digital Library of the Caribbean
Collection of cultural, historical, legal, governmental, and research materials relating to the Caribbean. Includes newspapers, official documents, maps, artifacts and more. Register for free MydLOC account for advanced features.
Full text of minority newspapers and magazines since 1991
Historical Newspapers: Black Newspapers
More than 10 premier historical titles dating back to 1893. Day-to-day news coverage of leading issues and events throughout U.S. history as well as local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports.
Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996
From Readex. Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents and books providing global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century.
In Motion: the African-American Migration Experience
Presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Database of full texts, maps, images, and lesson plans sponsored by the Schomburg Collection of the New York Public Library.
JSTOR Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
Thousands of interviews, periodicals, posters, photographs, and more document the liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime, with a focus on colonial rule, the dispersion of exiles, and international intervention.
JSTOR World Heritage Sites: Africa
Comprehensive African studies site. Contains unusual photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveler's accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research of African heritage.
Oxford African American Studies Center
Full text of OUP reference books on African Americans. Includes the entire contents of the Dictionary of African Biography and The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought.
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
From HeinOnline, covers slavery in the U.S. and the English-speaking world. Includes content from the Buffalo Erie County Public Library. Includes every state and federal statute, legal commentary, pamphlets and books from the 19th century, and other hard to find materials such as essays and articles in obscure journals. Provides word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880. Must Register for an Account.
African Index Medicus
In order to give access to health information published in or related to Africa and to encourage local publishing, the World Health Organization ( WHO ), in collaboration with the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA), has produced an international index to African health literature and information sources. This index is called African Index Medicus (AIM).
African Journals Online (AJOL)
AJOL hosts 526 journals, including 269 open access journals. For access to content that is not open access, check the library catalog for holdings. Submit an Interlibrary Loan for items not available either via open access or the library.
General Sources with Significant African American Studies Content
America: History & Life
Index to history of U.S. and Canada comprising nearly 2,000 journals since 1910.
American Periodicals (ProQuest)
Full text of over 1,500 journals published between 1740 and 1940.
Online portal serving the research, teaching and practicing needs of anthropologists. A service of the American Anthropological Association.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. Produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Abstracts for hundreds of journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding U.S. and Canada).
JSTOR (EXPANDED COLLECTIONS & JOURNALS) - ENDS 6/30/21
Hundreds of academic journals in full text from v.1:n. 1. Access to current subscribed content of participating titles included. Basic and advanced searching defaults to "read and download" content we subscribe to. Browsing defaults to "all content." Look for the Access Level limiter on the lower left side to change settings.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)
Premier online resource for helping students explore today's hottest social issues from all perspectives. * Note: Only 85-90% of each Reference title is included in the database. Some material is omitted because of online rights issues.
Oxford Bibliographies Online
Bibliographies in 11 subjects: African Studies, Art History, Buddhism, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Communication, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Renaissance & Reformation, and Social Work. Citations are linked to full text when available.
Project MUSE - Premium Collection
Full text of hundreds of scholarly journals, including African & African American history and literature,
US Newsstream (Formerly National Newspapers Premier)
Most recent U.S. news content, as well as archives back into the 1980s from newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Includes access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and a large collection of local and regional newspapers on the ProQuest platform. INCLUDES FORMER BLACK NEWSPAPERS.
World Protest and Reform Movements: Global Perspectives, 1945-1996
From Readex. Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents, and books providing global reaction to major protest and reform movements.
Additional General Sources
Fordham's newspaper database collections sorted by current and historic.
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1-5
Search together all series of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection.
New York State Historic Newspapers
The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history. Created and administered by the Northern New York Library Network in partnership with the Empire State Library Network.
Digital Public Library of America
A growing open portal that brings together various digitized collections to create “an open network of online resources that draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums." Includes thousands of items from the Government Printing Office's Catalog of Publications and the Medical Heritage Library research collection.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) searches can be limited to primary source sets.
Independent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.
Selected African American Studies Electronic Journals
Below are selected electronic journals in the field. The library may own one journal in multiple formats (electronic, print, and microform). For a more comprehensive list of our journal holdings, please consult the library catalog.
African American review
AAR promotes diverse perspectives on African American literature, art, and culture.
A peer review journal, Black Scholar presents African-American essays on a broad range of issues in sociology, history, literature, political science, health, art, women's studies and ethnic studies.
Journal of African American studies
Journal of African American Studies examines topics concerning social transformations that impact the life chances of continental Africans and the African diaspora. It publishes original research on issues of professional and disciplinary concern for the social progress of people of African descent.
Journal of Black Studies
The scholarship inside Journal of Black Studies covers a wide range of subject areas, including: Society * Social Issues * Afrocentricity * Economics * Culture * Media * Literature * Language * Heritage * Biology
Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire
Published by The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire publishes essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, and reviews that address the full range of contemporary black concerns. It invites black genius to apply itself to the realities of the twenty-first century with uncompromised thought, generous and readable analysis, and commentary.
Western Journal of Black Studies
The Western Journal of Black Studies (WJBS) publishes scholarly articles from a wide range of disciplines that focus mainly on the experience of African Americans in the United States of America and that report original investigations and contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of Black/African American Studies
Langston Hughes Review
Scholarly articles that focus on the writings of Langston Hughes, the first African American to make his living solely by his pen, writing fifty books, including poetry, drama, autobiography, history, fiction, prose comedy, juvenile literature, librettos, and black gospel song-plays.
Open Access Journal Titles
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