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Africana Studies: Home

A guide for research in African American and African Studies

Africana Studies at Northeastern University

Africana Studies at Northeastern Africana Studies is a truly global and interdisciplinary degree. College graduates with Africana Studies degrees have become doctors, lawyers, entertainers, politicians, public health professionals, diplomats, professors, astronauts, journalists, engineers, artists, poets, executives, entrepreneurs, and more!

What can I do with a Black Studies Major? Five Hundred Answers Provided by Robert Fikes, Jr.

Take a look at From Co-op to Career for more information about co-op or career resources.

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

Streaming Video Collections

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Academic Video Online (AVON) offers videos of interest to a broad range of disciplines, including significant coverage of criminology, law, and criminal justice.

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Kanopy provides a broad range of documentaries across the disciplines.  See especially the Law & Criminal JusticeHuman Rights, and Sociology areas.


Docuseek provides a number of documentaries of interest to Criminal Justice students, including materials on trafficking, law enforcement, child abuse, criminal law, and criminology.

DOCUSEEK streams independent, social-issue and environmental films providing exclusive access to content from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution. New collection of 1700+ films--Browse topics to see what is available,

Black History Highlight

Black History Month A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Scroll down for events.

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Key Resources

Sage Research Methods is an online collection of reference tools, handbooks, manuals, videos and project planners about research. Sage Research Methods has a help guide

Starting your research and need some background information?

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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International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest  browse the essays on revolution and protest. For a more comprehensive search of the publisher resources, use the box at the top to search the entire Wiley Online Library -- books, chapters, journals and articles.
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NOTE: use quotation marks to focus the search on the name of the movement.

Looking for country information? 

Check  EIU Viewpoint (Economist Intelligence Unit, Country Reports) for reports, political and economic trends as well as reports on Current Themes.

Europa World, which includes the reference work,  Africa: South of the Sahara
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CQ Researcher with in-depth, unbiased coverage of topics such as health care, death penalty, race and ethnicity. Helpful research tools include a timeline, pros/cons discussion and links to related issues.

Biography in Context has reference, academic and magazine articles and 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,

ProQuest button  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 historic news articles?

African Newspapers, 1800-1922 (World Newspaper Archive)  accesses 70 historical newspapers throughout Africa.

Your Librarian

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Digital Resource

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

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