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African American Studies: Home

a guide for print and online resources on African American Studies.

Digital Resource

Google Cultural Institute -- Black History and Culture
A treasure trove of online black history and culture, including

with tributes to 1970's black culture, including blaxploitation films, animation, art and comic books.

Scholar OneSearch

 is one-stop searching for books, articles, digital media, e-resources, government publications, and more.

Another single-search option at Google Scholar@NU

Research and Writing Support

Don't forget to ask the Subject Librarians for specialized research help.

Key Resources


Sage Research Methods has a subject guide

Starting your research and need some background information?

Both editions of the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences which covers concepts such as race relations, discrimination, race and urban planning.

CQ Researcher with in-depth, unbiased coverage of topics such as health care, death penalty, race and ethnicity.

Biography in Context has reference, academic and magazine articles with links to curated websites.

PolicyFile is updated weekly with abstracts and links to international and domestic policy papers and reports. Browse the links to organizations, or keyword search for reports, such as "Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency" or "The Challenge of Credit Card Debt for the African American Middle Class.

  Social Sciences Premium  combines a number of databases, including IBSS, Social Services Abstracts, PAIS and Sociological Abstracts for searching for abstracts and full text.

Need news articles?

African Newspapers accesses over 40 historical newspapers throughout Africa. Key titles include East African Standard, Baira Post, and Cape Town Gazette

Historical Black Newspapers contains content from African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975); NY Amsterdam News (1922-1993); Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).

Looking for Primary Sources?

Contains books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera covering the history of this broad region.

Archives and Special Collections includes Freedom House photographs.    
        Boston Coalition for Black Women                                                     


  Boston Coalition for Black Women    Collection  
    and other collections now available for 

   Sister to Sister Bake Sale, November 1998

Check the EMK Academy of Health Careers page for more primary sources!

Your Librarian

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Christine Oka
Snell Library
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