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African & African American Studies

Getting Started Databases

Black Freedom (History Vault)

Included in ProQuest's History Vault database, this resource provides access to texts that document the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th century from the perspectives of men, women, and children.

Black Studies Center

Black Studies Center consists of scholarly journals, commissioned overview essays by top scholars in Black Studies, and historic indexes. This resource includes the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, the Black Studies Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Black Periodicals), the Black Literature Index, and historical black newspapers such as the Chicago Defender.

Black Thought and Culture

Contains the non-fiction published works of over 1,000 leading African Americans, including artists, teachers, religious leaders, politicians, entertainers, and more. Resources cover over 250 years of history and include interviews, journal articles, letters, speeches, trial transcripts, and other materials. Full text is available.

Historically Black Newspapers (ProQuest)

Searches the full text of the Atlanta Daily World, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, New York Amsterdam News, Norfolk Journal and Guide, and Pittsburgh Courier.


This database is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. Full text is available.