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A guide for research in African American and African Studies

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Key Resources

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International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition which covers concepts such as race relations, discrimination, race and urban detailed articles

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Use Scholar One to search for books, articles, streaming video and audio, music, government publications, and more.

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Biographical Sources

Country Studies and Reports

Not peer-reviewed, but authoritative sources for country information, reports, white papers and studies./

Open Source Resources

Civil Rights Digital Library

Google Cultural Institute -- Black History and Culture is a treasure trove on online Black history and culture, including the Museum of UnCut Funk, dedicated to celebrating Black Culture of the 1970s.

King Encyclopedia is a searchable database at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University. Both are excellent for finding primary sources.

Library of Congress includes

Slave Voyages --Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

UMass Amherst Guide of Reparations in the United States--Historical Timeline of Reparations Payments Made From 1783 through 2022 by the United States Government, States, Cities, Religious Institutions, Universities, Corporations, and Communities


Baratunde Thurston on "How to deconstruct racism one headline at a time"
Visit PBS to see America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

On December 14, 2014, shortly after Michael Brown's death, Trinity United Church of Christ held safety forums with a variety of law professionals for our youth and their parents, and we dedicated our bulletin to educating our congregation on safety measures to use in their interactions with police. An important infographic, "10 Rules of Survival If Stopped By the Police,” developed by David Miller (founder of the Dare to be King Project) was shared, and, in partnership with CTS, WFYI, Trinity UCC, and SALT, those rules were used to create a short film, "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival," to bring this critical information to an even wider audience and help keep our children safe.

Open Resource Media

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Streaming Video Collections

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Academic Video Online (AVON) offers videos of interest to a broad range of disciplines, including topics such as civil rights, African and African American history.


kanopy logo and buttonprovides a broad range of documentaries across the disciplines.  See especially the Anthropology, Law & Criminal Justice and Sociology areas.


Docuseek logo provides academic streaming source for social issue films and documentaries. Check the Subject list for film topics.

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