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African American Studies

Good Database Choices for African-American Studies

  • Academic Search Complete
    Large general database of articles from scholarly journals and a few newspapers on many topics.
  • Accessible Archives
    Searchable text and page images for 7 African-American newspapers published between 1827 and 1860. See also African-American papers in UVA. See also entry below for ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black and Ethnic Newspapers, for 20th-21st century African-American newspaper coverage.
  • America History & Life - 1964-present
    Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to present with records from 2,000 English-language journals published worldwide.
  • American Periodicals Series (APS Online) - 1740-1900
    Thousands of historical journal articles from 1740-1900, including many articles on abolition and issues surrounding slavery and African-Americans.
  • Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
    Cambridge Companions are lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. Browse or use search box to find titles related to African-American topics.
  • Civil Rights Digital Library (open access)
    A treasure trove of primary sources. Search by keyword, or browse events, people, places, and topics. Or, browse media types (e.g. sound recordings, newsletters). Links are to catalog records of collections of oral histories and other materials from institutions around the U.S. See the "Persistent Link to Item" at the bottom of each record. Copy and paste the url into your browser to access the actual resource. From the CRDL, a partnership of librarians, educators, and others.
  • CQ Researcher - 1991-present
    In depth background reports on contemporary issues with lists of recommended books and articles.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch - 1985-present
    Full-text of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from 200 ethnic, minority, and native publications in the U.S., in English and in Spanish.
  • JSTOR Journal Storage Project
    Full-text backfiles of many scholarly journals, usually from the first issue to 3-5 years before the present.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    Includes MLA, Dictionary of Literary Biography and other biographical and critical compilations about authors, along with journal articles and book chapters about literary works and topics.
  • Papers of the NAACP
    Digital collection of the NAACP’s archive of internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices throughout the U.S. It covers the organization’s involvement in crucial civil rights issues such as lynching, school desegregation, and discrimination in the military, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, etc. An ongoing project. NOTE: for the present it should be used in conjunction with the more complete microfilm collection (Micfilm 1568). See also microfilm guides
  • LexisNexis Congressional
    Information by and about the U.S. Congress: documents and reports, legislation, hearings, and members and committees. Search on names, events and issues related to African-Americans from 1789-present.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black and Ethnic Newspapers (UVA only)
    A subset of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, this is a historical archive (back to 19th century in some cases) of several prominent black newspapers: Chicago Defender, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Pittsburgh Courier, Baltimore Afro-American, and NY Amsterdam News. Also included in this resource is the database Ethnic NewsWatch (approx.1990-present), which covers US publications of African American and many other ethnicities. Use Advanced Search to limit search to one or more newspapers or to limit search to Ethnic NewsWatch publications only. See dates of coverage for all publications in this resource, including those in Ethnic NewsWatch.
  • Dictionary of American Biography (DAB)
    Primary documents, secondary reference sources and journal articles covering all areas of U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present day.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
    See Social Collections page for links to specific collections, e.g. on anti-slavery and anti-lynching groups, or use Search page to limit results to African-American authors/topics of interest.

Other Selected Databases for Journal Articles

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
    Lists articles on all aspects of religious studies from journals in many disciplines. Includes citations to book chapters and to book reviews. ATLASerials adds the full text of many journals.
  • MUSE
    Searchable full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics, mostly from North American university presses. Older volumes are often available from JSTOR.
  • PAIS (1915-present)
    Database for for public affairs and policy. Indexes journal articles, books, government documents, statistics, reports, and from 1985 abstracts. International coverage.
  • Periodicals Index Online: PIO - 1665-present
    Search for articles and book reviews in over 4000 international humanities and social sciences journals. Includes links to full text of articles in Periodicals Archive Online and in humanities and social science titles at JSTOR.
  • Sociological Abstracts - 1963-present
    Sociology and related fields. All languages. 2600 scholarly journals. Includes book, book chapter, and conference paper abstracts and book reviews. Updated quarterly.
  • SPORT Discus with Full Text - 1975-present
    Many articles relevant to African-American history and life.

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