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African-American Studies

Core Resources

Scholarly essays and access to articles in Black Studies journals. Combines the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, the International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), and the full-text of The Chicago Defender, an important Black newspaper, from 1935-1975
Access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC includes the new Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895; the forthcoming companion set, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; the second edition of Black Women in America; and the much-anticipated African American National Biography. Also includes the highly acclaimed Africana, a 5 volume history of the African and African American experience. In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford's reference series, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature.
Full-text collection of published non-fiction works is included, as well as interviews, journal articles, letters, and other materials of leading African-Americans. Biographical essays by leading scholars and an annotated bibliography of the sources in the database are also featured.
Note: Print predecessor Writings on American History covering 1904-1954 is in Firestone's General & Humanities Reference (DR) Z1236.L331.
Indexes books and journal articles on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
Digital archive of U.S. history primary sources. Includes government documents, personal papers and organizational records.
Online collection of academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations' bulletins, annual reports and other diverse periodicals.
Afro-Americana Imprints  (1535-1922)
Full text of more than 12,000 printed works, including lesser known imprints published from the early 16th to the early 20th century.

Important Resources

Full text of 760 stories and folktales by African, African American, and Caribbean authors.
Biographical profiles & extended narratives of African-Americans from all walks of life. Many profiles include photographs & illustrations, and there is a rich collection of full-text African-American reference works.
Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including U.S Federal Census (African Americans only), Freedman's Bank Records, World War I Draft Cards, African American family history books, U.S. Colored Troops Records, vital records, church records, legal records, and more.
Brings together text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the history and culture of the African American experience through music. The database will expand to include coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
Complete text of the major African-American newspapers published in the United States during the 19th century.
Contains nearly 3,000 poems by African-American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Full-text collection of African American newspapers printed across the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Citations and many full-text articles from religion and theology journals.
Searchable database containing verified references (except as noted) to approximately 25,000 scholarly works in all academic disciplines and in all western European languages on slavery and slaving, worldwide and throughout human history, including modern times. It includes all known print materials published since 1900 in scholarly formats, as well as digital scholarly journals, recent unpublished presentations at academic conferences, professional historical sites, and major museum exhibitions and catalogs.
Primary sources from African Americans actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States between 1830 and 1865.
Full text of plays written by dramatists from Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, and detailed information about productions, theaters, production companies, and other ephemera related to the plays.
Black Studies on Disc 2003  (1988+)  
Note: Microforms - Film (B) Preceded by Guide to Negro Periodical Literature, 1941-1946 (F) Microfilm 1099.041 and various other titles covering 1950-98 (DR) AI3.O4.
Information by and about people of African descent worldwide, and its geographic scope emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. This resource, made up of records from the Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and G.K. Hall & Co.'s annual Index to Black Periodicals, provides access to material in all formats, including books, serials, microforms, audio and audio-visual resources, photographs, manuscript collections, art, artifacts, and ephemera.
Note: You must install Fash version 8 or higher to use.
Works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by women from North America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Electronic books in the humanities from Brepols Publishers.
Searchable full text access to the complete Cambridge Companions to literature, philosophy, religion, and classics.
Full text of fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and other materials by authors from the Caribbean archipelago.
Biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of African American and/or black heritage of various nationalities.
Education Full Text  (Indexing 1929+; Full-text 1996+)  
Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Cover-to cover indexing, abstracts, and full text from hundreds of journals covering such topics as: comparative education, competency-based education, higher education, literacy standards, prayer in public schools, student counseling, teaching methods and evaluation, and dozens more.
Ethnic NewsWatch  (1960+)  
Interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish), full-text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
Includes African American Almanac, Black Literature Criticism: Classic and Emerging Authors Since 1950, Contemporary Black Biography, Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America, and Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.
Combines Women's Studies International, and Men's Studies databases with coverage of sexual diversity issues. Covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. An added feature is the Child Abuse, Child Welfare & Adoption database, with citations and abstracts to books, journal articles final reports from federally-funded grant, conference papers, unpublished papers, reports on completed or continuing research, as well as descriptions of service programs and prevention and treatment strategies. Materials cited are primarily in English-language, originating from U.S. research and service programs.
Historical Abstracts  (1954+)  
Indexes books and journal articles on the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
Statistical series on subjects ranging from population and land area to production figures for crops and manufactured products. Detailed documentation provides brief histories of the statistical series and source materials.
Current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts for over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers, and newsletters from the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean.
JSTOR    
Full text archive of core journals in select disciplines. Journal issues from the most recent 3-5 years are usually NOT available electronically through JSTOR.
Comprehensive database of legal materials, including cases, statutes, and regulations of the U.S. government and the various state governments; case law from 1789 to present; current and historical statutes and regulations from 1980 forward. Provides full text of many major global, national, and regional newspapers. For comparisons between Lexis-Nexis Academic and Factiva see http://firestone.princeton.edu/econlib/universe.html.
Liberator  ((1831-1865)  
Full-text of the weekly abolitionist newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts by William Lloyd Garrison.
Note: For, 1991+ use Ethnic Newswatch.
Provides citations to articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of modern literature, language, and linguistics.
Note: For, 1993+ use Ethnic Newswatch.
Digital archive of U.S. newspapers from the 19th century.
Full-text of more than 100 dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press
Note: 1968-1971 of the foreign language component is only available in print. (SSRC) Z7164.A2P8
Citations to articles, books, reports, and select government documents on U.S. and international public policy issue. Generally considered to be a comprehensive index to policy literature.
Note: For, 1959+ use Ethnic Newswatch.
ProQuest Research Library  (Mid 1970s+. (Highly selective earlier coverage))  
Abstracting, indexing, and select full text of many core scholarly journals, magazines and major newspapers for information on a broad range of subjects.
PsycARTICLES    
Online database containing searchable full-text articles from 48 journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations.
PsycINFO  (1800's+)  
Produced by the American Psychological Association, it is the most comprehensive database of psychology. Provides abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health.
Bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
Contains letters, diaries, oral histories, posters, pamphlets, and rare audio and video materials documenting the key events, trends, and movements in 1960s America.
General index to the literature of the social sciences including economics, politics, law, education, labor, and sociology.
Social Work Abstracts  (1965+)  
Provides citations and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems.
Sociofile  (1952+)  
Indexing and abstracting of the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied. Covers 2,500 journals, conference papers, dissertations, and book reviews. Includes materials in 30 languages.
Sport Discus  (1800+)  
International sport and fitness literature covering periodical articles, books, conference proceedings, and research papers.
Comprises nearly 35,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866. Records of the voyages have been found in archives and libraries throughout the Atlantic world. They provide information about vessels, enslaved peoples, slave traders and owners, and trading routes. A variable (Source) cites the records for each voyage in the database. Other variables enable users to search for information about a particular voyage or group of voyages. The website provides full interactive capability to analyze the data and report results in the form of statistical tables, graphs, maps, or on a timeline.
Covers urban affairs, community development, urban history, etc.

Related Resources

Full-text books in humanities, social sciences, gender studies, African American Studies, Latino Studies, and Native American Studies. Also contains the electronic version of The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, a fully searchable collection of over 4,000 interviews with former slaves.
Full-text digital resource exploring African American life and culture. Targeted and thematic search options are featured to find articles, documents, images, and more.
Alt-Press Watch  (Earliest date is 1970. Most start in the 1990s.)  
Full-text database of newspapers, magazines, and journals from alternative and independent presses.
Comprehensive review of the literature in political science. Can help students identify major tends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas of politics.
Comprehensive review of the literature in sociology. Identifies major tends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas of sociology.
Ebsco Academic Search  (1975+)  
Multi-disciplinary database providing abstract & indexing with select full text for many core scholarly journals as well as popular press periodicals
EconLit  (1886+)  
Indexes international economic literature. Includes major journals, articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, full-text book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.
Access to essays and articles published in collections, with emphasis on works in the humanities and social sciences.
GenderWatch  (1970+)  
Wide range of sources including both scholarly and popular articles about women, gender issues, and GLBT.
Note: For pre-1970 indexing, consult the Index to Latin American Periodical Literature, 1929-1960 in (DR) Oversize Z1605 .C64 1962q and the Index to Latin American Periodical Literature, 1966-1970 (DR) Oversize Z1605 .C64 1980q.
Indexing of articles and other documents appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.
Humanities Full Text  (1984+)  
Indexes articles in the fields of archaeology and classical studies, film, folklore, gender studies, history, journalism, communications, language, literature, literary and political criticism, performing arts, philosophy, religion, etc.
Compiled by the British Library of Political & Economic Science of the London School of Economics & Political Science. Provides bibliographic information from an international selection of publications in economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
Note: First time users must register for an account to access the database.
Lists approximately 15,000 African-American immigrants to Liberia, 1820-1904. In addition to full names, it includes, where available, information on family position, sex, education, legal status prior to emigration, manumitter, town or county of origin, ship on which they travelled, month and year of voyage and destination in Liberia.
Literary Reference Center  (Antiquity+)  
Broad spectrum of reference information. Full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else. Contains detailed information on the most studied authors and their works.
Covers authors and their works across regions, eras, and genres. Includes biographical and critical overviews, and many interviews of authors. Contains the full text of volumes in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Shakespeare Criticism, Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, and Drama Criticism.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Provides full text of biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and other resources on authors of all categories and eras.
Digital library of works from the 19th and early 20th centuries on British Commonwealth and American law. Includes treatises, casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches.
Digital edition of the Goldsmiths'-Kress collections of books on that document economic and business activity in the West, from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. Materials include books, pamphlets and ephemera and cover a broad range of topics in political science, history, sociology, and banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.

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