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Selected indexes, e-journals & websites in African & African American studies; in-depth resources
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Welcome!  This Guide will help you with research in African and African American Studies!  The Guide identifies some of the major research tools for finding articles, research materials, and information in libraries and on the web that are relevant to African & African American Studies.  

Please contact me if you have any questions or need assistance using any of the tools listed here or help finding the information you need!

Susan Vega García
Head of Instruction
Race & Ethnic Studies Subject Librarian
Associate Professor

Quick Start: Find Articles

The items listed here are subject-focused research tools useful for finding journal, magazine, and newspaper articles relevant to African and African American studies.

  • Black Studies Center (BSC)  
    Start here! Includes important African American studies research tools and primary sources. Find full-text journal articles using the "Journals" section of BSC. Also includes the Chicago Defender full-text, and scholarly essays commissioned by the Schomburg Center.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Full-text articles from U.S. racial and ethnic minority newspapers, news magazines, and some journals. African American sources are the strength of this database.
  • African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
    Includes Frederick Douglass' Paper, Freedom's Journal, the Colored American / Weekly Advocate, The National Era, The North Star, and other important historical newspapers.

A Few Important Journals Online

A few key research journals:  

To find more, search Quick Search.  You can also use Journals A-Z to locate many more African American & African studies online journals and magazines.

  • African American Review
    Full-text and complete back issues to this important literary criticism journal, including articles, reviews, editorials, individual poems, etc. Coverage includes 1967-96 (some under previous titles).
  • African Journals Online
    A major online collection of scholarly African-origin journals, some of which are available open access online!
  • African Languages & Cultures
    From JStor, 1987-1997 - renamed Journal of African Cultural Studies in 1998.
  • Callaloo
    Online full-text current articles (1995-present) of this important literary and arts research journal.
  • Callaloo
    Back years (1976-89, and 1990-94) of this important journal, available via JStor.
  • Journal of African Cultural Studies
    In Jstor; continues formerly titled African Languages & Cultures, 1998-present.
  • Journal of Black Studies
    Complete full-text facsimiles of this important core journal in African American and African studies. Coverage is 1970-1996; includes powerful search engine. From J-Stor.
  • Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    Complete online full-text, 1993-1997. Includes powerful search engine; from JStor.

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