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African American Studies

Getting Started

  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Full-text access to minority and ethnic newspapers, magazines, and journals (1959 - Current).
  • Academic Search Complete  
    General database of popular and scholarly materials (1887 - Current). Try including the keywords "African American", "minority AND United States", "ethnic AND United States", or "race AND United States".

Finding Articles

  • America History & Life
    Articles covering the history of the United States and Canada (1910 - Current). Try using the keywords "minority", "race", or "black history" to narrow your results.
  • JSTOR Journal Archive
    Full-text database for scholarly articles (1655 - 2009). Use the "narrow by discipline" option on the main search screen to limit your results to "African American Studies".
  • PsycINFO  
    The premier research tool for psychology and related disciplines (education, sociology, nursing, etc.). Provides access to journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and technical reports.
  • SocINDEX
    Journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters related to sociology (1922 - Current). To narrow your search, use the keywords "race AND United States", "Minorities AND United States" or "African American".

Finding Primary Sources

  • ARTstor
    Hundreds of thousands of images from art, archaeology, architecture, and history. For a guide for searching ARTstor for images related to Black History, see here.
  • Twentieth Century Advice Literature : North American Guides on Race, Gender, Sex and the Family
    Full-text primary source database for advice literature (1850 - 1990). Browse by subject to find materials related to "African Ethnic Groups", "Domestic Life", "Religion", "Sexuality" Etc...
  • Born in Slavery
    Access to 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves provided by the Library of Congress.
  • 19th Century in Print
    Full-text access to American newspapers and magazines published during the 1800's provided by the Library of Congress.
  • African-American Newspapers : The 19th Century
    Major articles published in African-American newspapers during the 1800's. Includes images of individual pages and searchable html transcripts of articles.

Finding Books