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African American Studies Databases

Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost) R

Academy of American Poets
Description: Many links to sites of African American poets.

Accessible Archives R
Description: Contains rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records. Transcribed individual entries are complete with full bibliographic citations and are organized chronologically.

African American Biographical Database R
Description: A rich resource of biographical sketches of African Americans, historic photographs and illustrations, and profiles of significant political movements and organizations from 1790 to 1950. Includes narratives of former slaves, artists, homemakers, political activists, religious workers and scientists.

African American History Sources
Description: Search the full text of sources within LexisNexis™ Primary Sources in U.S. History.

African American Literature
Description: Section of the Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature. Numerous links pertaining to many aspects of African American literature.

African American Studies Websites
Description: A directory of Internet sites addressing major issues that impact African American life and culture.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Description: African American Women Writers of the 19th Century is a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg at New York Public Library.

African Women's Bibliographic Database
Description: This English language database contains over 22,000 citations from 1986 to current. The database indexes six types of materials: books and government documents; articles appearing in edited books; periodical and journal articles; Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations as well as a few B.A. theses and honors papers; conference papers; and videocassettes.

African-American Mosaic
Description: A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.

America: History & Life R
Description: English language abstracts of journal articles, articles in collections, dissertations, book and media reviews on the history and culture of the US and Canada. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

America: History & Life AND Historical Abstracts (combined database search) R

American Memory
Description: A rich collection of images and full-text documents relating to U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.

Black Drama R
Description: Full text of selected plays by writers from America, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the entire African Diaspora, from Victorian times to the present. Accompanying the texts are details on production companies, theaters and cast lists.

Black Studies Center R
Description: Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It combines several resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), historical black newspapers, and the Black Literature Index.

Black Studies Database: Kaiser Index to Black Resources, 1948 - 1986 (Schomburg Center, New York Public Library) R
Description: Bibliographic data drawn from the handwritten notes of librarians and other staff of the Schomburg Center from 1948 until 1986. --> Number of simultaneous logons: 1.

County and City Data Books
Description: This resource provides WWW access to the electronic versions of the 1988 and 1994 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets.

EbscoHost R
Description: The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications, including full text for more than 3,100 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCO host. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Electronic Journal Service R
Description: Search Ebscohost's gateway to thousands of e-journals by title, subject or keyword to link directly to full text articles. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Ethnic NewsWatch (PROQUEST) R
Description: A full-text collection of articles, editorials, columns, reviews from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Google Scholar
Description: Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Description: H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences is an online scholarly review resource.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
Description: Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, this multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1935, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

Historical Abstracts R
Description: A reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database provides over a half a million annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square from 2,000 journals published throughout the world. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Historical Abstracts AND America: History & Life (combined database search) R

History Universe R
Description: Primary and secondary documents on African-American studies, including the colonial legislation on race and slavery; full-text of all federal legislation and U.S. Supreme Court cases related to race, through 1995; reference articles from the Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights; articles from scholarly journals; as well as manuscripts, speeches, and photographs from government and private sources. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

In Motion: the African American Migration Experience
Description: Thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation. Each migration is presented through five units: a narrative, about 100 illustrations, twenty to forty research resources, maps, and lesson plans for teachers The site contains more than 16,500 pages of texts, 8,300 illustrations, more than 60 maps, and a bibliography for each migration.

Description: INGENTA supplies access to a comprehensive collections of 8,000 academic and professional publications. While many of the articles in its database are full-text, INGENTA also indicates other sources for full-text.

International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text R
Description: Current and retrospective bibliographic citations, abstracts and full text material from over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean--and full-text coverage of 31 core Black Studies periodicals (1998 forward).

Internet Public Library
Description: A vast virtual library offering a variety of exhibits and educational materials, answers to reference questions, a browsable catalog of nearly 20,000 electronic texts, and an annotated guide to web sites. Try "Ask A Question," and an IPL dedicated volunteer will attempt to answer your question and guide you where to find the information.

INTUTE: Social Sciences
Description: Free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.

Description: Electronic access to a comprehensive archive of articles from journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, ecology and botany. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Lexis-Nexis Academic R
Description: Search the full text of today's news, or search back more than 20 years. Retrieve full text company news & financial information. Search full text federal, state & international legal materials. Find full text & abstracted medical & health information. Search general reference sources. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

MLA Directory of Periodicals ( Ebscohost) R
Description: The MLA Directory of Periodicals offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

MLA International Bibliography (Ebscohost) R
Description: Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore and includes coverage from 1963 to the present from nearly 4,000 journals and series. It also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Muse, Project - See: Project Muse R

National Survey of Families and Households
Description: The national sample of 13,007 includes a main cross-section of 9,637 households plus an oversampling of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families, families with step-children, cohabiting couples and recently married persons.

Naxos Music Library R
Description: Complete catalogs and/or selected recordings of over 250 independent labels; genre's included: Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, Nostalgia music; wide range of standard and specialist repertoire; Music notes, cover artwork, track list, instrumentation and publisher information; Libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas; 10,000+ composer and artist biographies; pronunciation guide for composer and artist names; glossary, guide to musical terms and work analysis.

Description: Includes biographies, photos, and other information on more than 450 poets, with new pages being added all the time.

Project Muse R
Description: Provides full text access to over 160 journals. Full text is accessible only for Johns Hopkins University Press journals; bibliographic information and abstracts are given for non JHUP publications.

Proquest Databases R

Proquest Dissertations and Theses R
Description: With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350- word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as native or image PDF formats include free twenty-four page previews. UMI offers over 1.8 million titles for purchase in microform, paper or electronic formats.

Social Sciences FullText R
Description: Social Sciences Full Text, produced by The H. W. Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles of at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere plus the full text of selected periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals. Abstracting coverage begins with periodicals published in January 1994. Abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.

Social Work Abstracts R
Description: Contains more than 35,000 records, spanning 1977 to the present, from social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, and community organization.

SocINDEX with Full Text R
Description: A primary resource for accessing the latest research sponsored in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles. Number of simultaneous logons: Unlimited.

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
Description: A full-text database which includes major legislation (by bill number, subject, and title), bills (full text, summaries, and status), public laws, the Annals of Congress, the Congressional Record and the Congressional Record Index, roll call votes, Congressional committee reports, historical documents, and information about the legislative process.

U.S. Government Printing Office

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Description: Finding aids, catalogs, research guides, and digitized documents for curricular use from NARA

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
Description: "... an instructional World Wide Web site focusing on the lives and works of women writers of color."


Writing Black
Description: Literature and history written by and on African Americans. Many links to Web resources.

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