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African American Studies Research Guide

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Table of Contents:
Subject-Specific Databases
Related Databases
Catalogs
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Research and Writing Guides


Core databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Black Thought and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of over 1,200 books, essays, articles, pamphlets, and speeches related to African American history from colonial times to the present. Sources include published books as well as previously unpublished materials such as letters, correspondence, and interviews. In addition to searching by keyword, users can browse documents by multiple criteria such as author, title, date, subject, or historical event.


Ethnic Newswatch Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers of a wide spectrum of ethnic viewpoints, including African American.


Related databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multi-disciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including African American studies. Relevant journals include Journal of Black Studies and Journal of African American Studies. Click here for a search tutorial.


America: History and Life Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes titles such as African American Review, Black Scholar, and Western Journal of Black Studies. (For world history see Historical Abstracts).


American Civil War Research Database Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. Includes military records for over 4 million soldiers, 4,000 regimental histories, 3,000 battle accounts and reports, 15,000 photographs, and much useful statistical information and analytical tools.


American Memory (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of historical materials from the Library Congress. Includes a variety of manuscripts, pamphlets, images, audio and video recordings, maps, and sheet music that document U.S. history and culture. Users can search across all collections or browse by topic, including African American History.


Artemis Literary Sources by Gale Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text database for literature research that provides author biographies, bibliographies, reviews, and literary criticism. Search by author, title, keyword, or even ethnicity, literary movement, and place of birth.


Biography Reference Center Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Find biographies of noted individuals, including many black artists, intellectuals, and community leaders, as well as links to biographical profiles, articles, interviews, and obituaries published in books and periodicals since 1984. Includes some full text.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Titles include Notable Black American Men.


Historical Statistics of the United States Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Electronic edition of the 5-volume Historical Statistics of the United States. Find historical statistics on topics such as population, income, employment, education, crime, and economics. Users can export data to spreadsheets or create custom tables. Features 192 tables related to the black population.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Journal coverage begins with the first issue but does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines, such as African American Studies, in which 15 titles appear. Click here for a search tutorial


MLA International Bibliography Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database produced by the Modern Language Association containing citations to books, articles and dissertations on literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and film from 1926 to present. Over 2,500 citations on the subject of African American writers alone.


New York Times Historical (Proquest) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2005. Great for primary source newspaper articles on anything from Jim Crow laws to the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights Movement. Recent issues available thru Lexis-Nexis. Additional holdings.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences primarily covering the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, political science, religion, and the arts. Journals in African American and African Diaspora Studies include Black Women, Gender & Families, Callaloo, and more.


U.S. Census Bureau Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Official demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau covering births, deaths, education, employment, income, housing, and much more. Statistics and facts related to the African American population.


Search online catalogs to find books, journals, videos, and other materials in library collections.

CUNY+ Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Search CUNY+, the university's online catalog, to find books and other resources located in the CSI library and other CUNY libraries. Search tutorial.


LEO Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Library catalog for New York Public Branch Libraries.


WorldCat Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Union catalog containing records of library holdings all over the world. Use WorldCat to locate books, journals, audio and video recordings, and archival materials held by other libraries. If an item you want is not available at CUNY simply click "Find It" to request an interlibrary loan.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

African American Almanac Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This resource offers a wealth of information related to the African American experience. The 29 subject areas cover civil rights, black nationalism, population, religion, literature, music, science and technology, and sports, among others. Highlights include the 84-page chronology, dating back to 1492; African American firsts from 1619 to 1999; Africans in America from 1600 to 1900; and excerpts from more than 50 significant historical documents, including the Dred Scott decision, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Plessy v. Ferguson court ruling, and the Black Panther Manifesto.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E 185 .A267 2003


African American Art and Artists Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Short biographies and illustrations of the work of African American artists from the Revolution to the present.
Location: 1st Fl Reference N6538.N5L38 2003


African American Lives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This substantial compilation offers thorough biographies of 611 African-Americans over more than four centuries, beginning with Esteban, the first African known to have set foot in North America, up through writers, academics, artists, activists and more of today. A few of these profiles have been written by notable names, though most are by lesser-known contributors. The biographies contain multiple cross-references to others in the book and list sources at the end.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185.96 .A446 2004


African American National Biography Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This eight-volume set presents history through a mosaic of the lives of thousands of individuals, illuminating the abiding influence of persons of African descent on the life of this nation from the arrival of Esteban in Spanish Florida in 1529 through to notable black citizens of the present day.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185.96.A4466 2008


African Americans in the Visual Arts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographies of African American artists; each entry addresses the major achievements, events, and contributions of the artist's career.
Location: 1st Fl Reference N6538.N5O86 2003


African-American Century, The: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
From W.E.B. Du Bois to Tiger Woods, the 100 profiles herein, 10 per decade, cover the well-known, such as Louis Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as the more obscure but no less important.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185.96 .G38 2000


African-American Writers: A Dictionary Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This title profiles several hundred African American fiction and nonfiction writers from Colonial times to the present. The table of contents lists the authors alphabetically and then divides them into 17 categories (novels, short stories, slave narratives, etc.) and nine themes (Folktales, the Harlem Renaissance, Trickster Tales, etc.); authors whose work spans several categories are listed separately under each. The profiles themselves, presented alphabetically and ranging from a paragraph for less well known writers like Ai Ogawa to three pages for writers like Ralph Ellison or Terry McMillan, are both biographical and critical, although the amount of criticism varies.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS153.N5 A344 2000


Atlas of African-American History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Beginning with a chapter on African history and ending with a chapter on Black America Today, that is up to date through 2007, with Barack Obama a presidential candidate. It provides a detailed overview of experiences and events surrounding Americans of African descent. Among the topics and events that are discussed are the Amistad incident, racism following Hurricane Katrina, integration of the armed forces, and the rise of hip-hop.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .C55 2001


Best Literature By and About Blacks Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This reference work contains brief summaries of poetry, drama, fiction, literary criticism, and nonfiction by and about African Americans. While the emphasis is on literary works, annotations on such subjects as the Civil Rights Movement, health issues, and slavery are also included.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS153.N5 R53 2000


Black Women in America Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
With 150 new entries covering the likes of Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, and Carol Mosley-Braun, the second edition of this three-volume work celebrates the achievements of black women throughout history. Includes over 335 biographies in all.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185.86 .B542 2005


Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
From Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, this resource offers a definitive guide to African American literature of the last 35 years. The more than 160 concise alphabetical entries discuss the careers, works, and critical receptions of both prominent and lesser-known authors. Each entry presents ways of reading the author's works, identifies key themes and influences, assesses the writer's overarching significance, and includes sources for further research.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS374 .N4 D533 2005


Encyclopedia of African American Religions Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This encyclopedia includes three types of entries: biographical sketches of 773 African American religious leaders; 341 entries on African American denominations and religious organizations (including white churches with significant black memberships and educational institutions); and topical articles on important aspects of African American religious life (e.g., African American Christians during the Colonial Era, Music in the African American Church). The biographical sketches range from a paragraph to several pages for such major figures as Martin Luther King. Entries for the larger African American denominations are likewise several pages in length, as are most of the topical articles.
Location: 1st Fl Reference BL2462.5 .E53 2001


Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Each A-to-Z entry in this two volume set, which spans 750 to 5000 words, profiles the writer, discusses major works, surveys critical reception, and includes a bibliography consisting of a list of the authors works and a list of studies of those works. The writers featured range from the established and popular to the overlooked or newly emerging.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS153 .N5 E49 2007


Encyclopedia of African-American Literature Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The alphabetically arranged entries in this volume cover the full spectrum of African American literature, from the seminal poetry of Phillis Wheatley to popular contemporary novelists like Bebe Moore Campbell and Terry McMillan. Literary movements like the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement merit their own entries. Additionally, well-known anthologies, journals, and newsletters are included. There is even an entry for the stereotypes Sambo and Uncle Tom. Although novelists, poets, and playwrights are predominant, well-known nonfiction writers (Cornel West), orators (Martin Luther King Jr.), and popular-culture icons (Tupac Shakur) are also covered.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS153 .N5 E48 2007


Encyclopedia of Black Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
For students seeking a good grounding in Afrocentricity, this is an excellent place to start. Articles cover many of the basics of the field, from concepts and theories (Diaspora, Black nationalism), to selected books important in laying out Afrocentric ideas (Black Athena, Mis-Education of the Negro), to a short article on Diopian historiography. One of the most concise and understandable explanations of Ebonics can be found in this text. Those who confuse African American studies with black studies may find some glaring omissions. There are no entries on Martin Luther King or Malcolm X (although numerous reference to both can be traced through the index). However, there are a two-page article on Marie Laveau and a page and a half on the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .E554 2005


From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The book deals in considerable detail with the period after slavery, including the arduous struggle for first-class citizenship that has extended into the twentieth century. Many developments in recent African American history are examined, including demographic change; educational efforts; literary and cultural changes; problems in housing, health, juvenile matters, and poverty; the expansion of the black middle class; and the persistence of discrimination in the administration of justice.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .F825 2000


Handbook of Black Librarianship Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This reference contains 51 essays addressing various aspects of black librarianship, including pioneers and landmark episodes, early and contemporary library associations, statistics and issues relating to diversity, African American resources, African Americans in the knowledge professions, health science library resources, and resources and education. Contributors include librarians, library administrators, historians, and other scholars from libraries and universities around the country.
Location: 1st Fl Reference Z711.9 .H35 2000


Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This three volume set is organized around entries on major topics and key figures associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Volume One examines Overviews and General Studies, Social, Economic and Political Factors, Publishing and Periodicals, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. By contrast, Volumes Two and Three examine, in A to Z fashion from Gwendolyn Bennett to Walter White, over thirty of the movement's leading literary and intellectual voices. Within each volume, new topical and individual entry sections begin with short introductory essays and are followed by useful lists of representative works and a small selection of primary sources.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS153 .N5 H245 2003


Harvard Guide to African-American History, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans' experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans. The first part of the Guide contains 12 essays on historical research aids, from traditional archival and reference materials to the Internet. The second and largest part presents comprehensive and chronological bibliographies written by experts in the field.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .H326 2001


Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This volume includes hundreds of films, from Birth of a Nation to Hustle and Flow, with a range of performers from Oscar-winner Halle Berry to Spencer Williams. Entries arranged alphabetically.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1995.9 .N4 B433 2007


Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Jubilee collects essays by leading voices in African-American history and literature, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Hope Franklin, Amiri Bakara, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Gail Buckley. It explores topics such as abolition and emancipation, changes in family life and social development, religion, and the evolution of language, literacy, and education through the end of Reconstruction. Including 200 illustrations from New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .D63 2002


Routledge Atlas of African American History, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
From the 16th century African slave trade to the 20th century struggle for equality, this atlas examines the geographical and historical context of the African American Experience. Focusing on issues and events that resonate to this day, topics include: slave revolts, black patriots, slave communities, the Civil War, African Americans in the armed services, the spread of Jim Crow, the Negro Baseball League, the Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act, the Harlem Renaissance, the expansion of the black middle class, and much more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference E185 .E125 2000


Struggle Against Slavery, The: A History in Documents Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This resource brings together hundreds of primary documents to tell the history of slavery. It takes a chronological approach, covering the subject from pre-Colonial America through the end of the Civil War in 1865. Along the way, readers are introduced to slaves and masters, freedmen and abolitionists, the famous and the infamous. The author of each of the featured documents is identified (when known) and commentary addresses its significance. The illustrations are carefully chosen to match the text and add a great deal to readers' understanding
Location: 1st Fl Reference E447 .W35 2001


Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The images of Without Sanctuary graphically depict the brutal murders by lynching of thousands of individuals in the United States. The victims were white, black, old and young, men and women, Jews, gentiles, immigrants and aliens. But mostly, they were African Americans. As many as 4,000 were slain at the hands of violent mobs between 1882 and 1968
Location: 1st Fl Reference HV6457 .W56 2000


Resources freely available on the Internet.

African American Mosaic Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Library of Congress guide for the study of black history and culture.


African American Perspectives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Library of Congress' Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love.


African Burial Ground National Monument Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The website for the memorial, events, and news relating to the archaeological studies under the direction of scholars based at Howard University in Washington, DC.


African Diaspora Archaeology Network Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This website provides serves as a focal point for archaeological studies of African diasporas, with news, current research, information and links to other web resources related to the archaeology and history of descendants of African peoples.


African-American Odyssey Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This presentation of the Library of Congress exhibition, The African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, showcases the Library's incomparable African-American collections. The presentation was not only a highlight of what is on view in this major black history exhibition, but also a glimpse into the Library's vast African-American collections. Both include a wide array of important and rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings.


Africans in America Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts by PBS. For each era, you'll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher's Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses.


Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
In 1984, a Rutgers professor stumbled upon historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over the next 15 years, she uncovered the background of 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th. Looking through documents from all over Louisiana, as well as archives in France, Spain and Texas, she designed and created a database into which she recorded and calculated the information she obtained from these documents about African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid by slave owners, and slaves' testimony and emancipations.


American Slave Narratives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This website provides an opportunity to read slave narratives, and to see some of the photographs taken at the time of the interviews. The entire collection of narratives can be found in the George P. Rawick edited book The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography


Amistad Research Center, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An independent archives, library, and museum dedicated to preserving African-American and ethnic history and culture at Tulane University. With more than 10,000,000 documents, the Amistad today is acknowledged as the nation's largest independent African-American archives.


Antislavery Literature Project Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early human rights philosophies.


Archives of African American Music and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Archives of African American Music and Culture is a center devoted to the research and study of African American music and culture. Collections include audio and video recordings, photographs, original scores, and oral histories, among other artifacts and ephemera related to popular, religious, and art musics, and Black radio. The archives conducts collaborative research with such units as the Afro-American Arts Institute and the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, the Smithsonian Institution and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.


Association for the Study of African American Life and History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The web site of the organization originally founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. General information about the ASALH's activities and leading members; and about Woodson's contributions.


Association of Black Women Historians Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Founded in 1979, the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) is a dynamic network of scholars representing every region of the country. The organization's goals are to support black women in the historical profession, disseminate information by, for and about black women and promote scholarship by and about black women. The newsletter, Truth, informs members and numerous awards provide financial resources and recognition.


Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas, The: A Visual Record Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An archive of images on the slave trade with an emphasis on the West African coast, the middle passage, and the Americas, Includes maps, book illustrations and engravings, and photographs of historic sites.


Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederacy Currency Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Exhibit by Louisiana State University depicting currency from the Confederate states.


Black American Feminisms Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A multidisciplinary bibliography compiled by Sherri L. Barnes of University of California, Santa Barbara Library.


Black Film Center/Archive Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University


Black Film Research Online Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
University of Chicago "Find resources for researching Black film culture."


California Underground Railroad, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital archive of newspapers, manuscripts and other material documenting the experiences of African American slaves in California.


Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers: A Reference Guide Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers a discography (PDF format), composer listing, recent promotional news, and related links.


Documenting the American South Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Primary resources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture.


Dred Scott Case, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Collection of 85 digitized and transcribed St. Louis Circuit Court records that document the Scotts' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation.


Electronic Text Center: African American Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This site provides many freely accessible electronic texts (poems, essays, novels, letters, etc.) by African-American writers and other items relevant to the subject (including rare manuscript texts) from The Modern English Collection at the University of Virginia Library.


Freedom's Journal Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Project by the Wisconsin Historical Society to digitize all 103 issues of the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States (1827-1829).


Geography of Slavery in Virginia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Geography of Slavery in Virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers.


Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, a part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction.


Howard University Library Subject Guide For African American Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A great collection of Internet resources.


Institute for African American Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This web page from the University of Georgia offers very brief biographical sketches; includes two sound files: excerpt from speech by Malcolm X and another by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Our mission is to promote racial tolerance by helping people understand the historical and contemporary expressions of intolerance.


Making of America (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. MoA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Contains secondary documents written about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as primary documents written during King's life. Frequently updated and improved.


Monticello Plantation Database Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database of information on the more than 600 individuals who lived in slavery on Thomas Jefferson's Virginia plantations.


Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience.


National Archives and Records Administration on African-American Research Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An extensive collection of guides and descriptions on the holdings at NARA on African-American history, including access to selected online documents, the searchable online catalog, and related links.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principle objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States. The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the fact of overt and violent racial hostility.


National Association of Black Journalists Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The National Association of Black Journalists, 3000 members strong with 74 affiliated professional chapters and 51 student chapters, is the largest media organization for people of color in the world.


National Black Arts Festival Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The mission of NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. The National Black Arts Festival celebrates the arts in three ways: education; year-round programs; a summer festival in July.


National Black Law Students Association Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), founded in 1968, is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. As the largest student run organization in the United States with over 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa.


National Center for Afro-American Artists Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The website offers general information, glimpses of current and permanent exhibitions in the museum, and a calendar of events.


National Museum of African American History and Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Smithsonian, the NMAAHC invites visitors to explore the pain and the resiliency of the enslaved; tap toes to the music of Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, and LL Cool J; appreciate the individual heroism and collective creativity that was the Civil Rights Movement; celebrate African American cultural expressions like art, dance, theatre; and much more.


National Urban League Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.


North American Slave Narratives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A collection of approximately two hundred texts, including all known narratives of fugitive and former slaves published in broadsides, pamphlets, or book form in English up to 1920 and many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves published in English before 1920.


Roanoke Island Freedmens Colony, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Collection of documents and other resources dealing with the colony of former slaves on Roanoke Island in 1863.


Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digitized collection of thousands of anti-slavery and abolitionist material from Cornell University.


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. The Schomburg Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building and the Landmark Building.


Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This University of Wisconsin, Data and Information Services Center site provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on the following slave trade topics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: records of slave ship movement between Africa and the Americas, slave ships of eighteenth century France, slave trade to Rio de Janeiro, Virginia slave trade in the eighteenth century, English slave trade (House of Lords Survey), Angola slave trade in the eighteenth century, internal slave trade to Rio de Janeiro, slave trade to Havana, Cuba, Nantes slave trade in the eighteenth century, and slave trade to Jamaica.


Slave Trade Archives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The goal of this UNESCO archive is to break a silence and make universally known the issue of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, its causes and dramatic results, by means of scientific work. Includes links to other related UNESCO websites.


Voice of the Shuttle: African American Resources Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A great list of links from the Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara.


W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Du Bois Institute is the nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of Africans and African Americans.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

African American Magazine Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Publication out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, with articles on the African American experience.


African American Review Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Publishes essays on African American literature, art and culture. Contains interviews, fiction and poems.


American Visions Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A magazine of Afro-American culture from the African American Museums Association, committed to accelerating the pace by which African-American culture becomes a marketable commodity.


Black American Literature Forum Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A peer reviewed journal publishing essays on African American literature, art and culture. Contains interviews, fiction and poems. Formerly the Negro American Literature Forum.


Black Book Review Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text coverage available from this bi-monthly literary magazine reviewing fiction and nonfiction for African Americans.


Black Camera: The Newsletter of the Black Film Center/Archives Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Black Camera is devoted to the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience and is the only scholarly film journal of its kind in the United States. It regularly features essays and interviews that engage film in social as well as political distribution, and production of film in local, regional, national, and transnational settings and environments.


Black Collegian Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles aimed at African-American college students offering the information, guidance and assistance needed to survive and succeed in a complex and demanding society.


Black Elegance Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Feature articles, fashion, beauty, food and relationships, profiles and interviews for today's black women.


Black Enterprise Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Business magazine for black professionals, business people, college students and corporate executives.


Black History Bulletin Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A peer-reviewed publication designed to assist teachers of black history.


Black Issues Book Review Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers black fiction and nonfiction.


Black Issues in Higher Education Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles, news, and, reviews about issues in Afro-American education.


Black Music Research Journal Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Includes articles about the philosophy, aesthetics, history, and criticism of black music. Many issues are devoted to a single theme, such as Blind Lemon Jefferson or black music in Europe.


Black Parenting Today Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles on issues pertaining to parenthood in the black community.


Black Perspective in Music, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles related to the Black-American and African performing arts. Regular contributors include musicologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, composers, and performing artists.


Black Professional Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Articles of interest to the black professional.


Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire publishes essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, and reviews that address the full range of contemporary black concerns.


Black Scholar Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Peer reviewed journal publishing essays on a broad range of issues of concern to scholars in sociology, history, literature, political science, health, art, women's studies and ethnic studies.


Black Theology Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Peer reviewed journal provides a forum for the discussion of faith amongst black people in Britain.


Black Women, Gender and Families Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The goal of Black Women, Gender and Families is to analyze, develop, and further Black Women's Studies paradigms.


Callalo Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Callalo publishes original works by and critical studies of black writers worldwide. The journal offers a mixture of fiction, poetry, plays, critical essays, cultural studies, interviews, and visual art.


Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Peer reviewed articles and research reports on contemporary and historical issues facing the African American community. Encourages a balance between empirical research and conceptual or theoretical analysis.


Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Peer reviewed journal providing comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of the interaction between public policy and the African-American experience.


Journal of African American History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Peer reviewed articles, documents, and notes and comments on all aspects of negro history published by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History Inc. Formerly the Journal of Negro History.


Journal of African American Men/Journal of African American Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This peer reviewed journal serves as a multidisciplinary forum for social scientists engaged in the analysis of the struggles and triumphs of black males. Challenges stereotypes and identifies strategies and policies that can counter the problems black men face. Formerly the Journal of African American Men, now the Journal of African American Studies


Journal of Black Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A leading source for research on the black experience, the Journal of Black Studies explores the most vital issues facing African American and black populations.


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
JBHE provides new information about the governance, policies, and practices in our colleges and universities. JBHE also publishes articles which address the broader intellectual issues, policies, and strategies that affect the progress of blacks in institutions of higher education.


Journal of Negro Education, The Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This journal seeks to identify and define the problems that characterized the education of black people in the United States and elsewhere, as well as provide a forum for analysis and solutions, and serve as a vehicle for sharing statistics and research on a national basis.


Lenox Avenue: A Journal of Interarts Inquiry Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This journal is devoted to exploring inquiry into the black expressive arts (music, dance, art, poetry and literature, and theater), including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean


Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The goal of this peer reviewed journal is to make scholarship by and about women of color central to contemporary definitions of feminisms in the exploration of women's economic conditions, their political practices, the articulation of histories, geographies, cultures, and sexualities, as well as the focus and meanings of resistance and activist strategies.


Phylon Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Formerly Phylon Quarterly, this journal of African American Studies is supported by Atlanta University.


Raising Black and Biracial Children Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Journal covering issues pertaining to the raising of black and biracial children.


Transition Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Each issue of Transition features book reviews and essays on topics such as Mike Tyson, Theodor Adorno, the Zapatista rebellion, visual anthropology, bisexuality, British history, African art, and Haitian film. Issues also contain award-winning interviews with personalities from Angela Davis and Ice Cube to Maxine Hong Kingston, Tony Kushner, Spike Lee, and Louis Farrakhan.


Western Journal of Black Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Publishes peer reviewed articles that report original investigations and contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of Black/African American studies.


Guides for conducting research, writing papers, citing sources, and creating bibliographies.

A Writer's Reference Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Handbook for writing college papers and citing sources in APA, MLA, or Chicago style.
Location: 1st Fl Reserves PE1408.H2778 2007


ASA Style Guide Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Style guide for authors preparing manuscripts for publication in journals of the American Sociological Association.
Location: 1st Fl Reference Desk HM73.A54 1997


Chicago Manual of Style Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The authoratative source for Chicago citation style and writing guidelines used in History and the Humanities.
Location: 1st Fl Reference Z253.U69 2003


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The authoratative source for MLA citation style and writing guidelines; most commonly used in English and the Humanities.
Location: 1st Fl Reference LB2369.G53 2003


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The authoratative source for APA citation style and writing guidelines for the Social and Behaviorial Sciences.
Location: 1st Fl Reference BF76.7.P83 2001


RefWorks Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Web-based bibliographic citation manager that allows researchers to create their own personal database of research references by importing records from library catalogs and online databases. Researchers can organize, store, and access their references from their online RefWorks account as well as automatically generate formatted citations and bibliographies in any style. For the college login information, contact the Library Reference Desk (718.982.4010) or Naomi Gold (718.982.4097). RefWorks Tutorial


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