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Africana Studies: Home

A guide for research in African American and African Studies

Digital Resource

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

Museum of UnCut Funk welcome page

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 help 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.

Looking for information about African countries? Check the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) database/

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 websites. The.Browse People link will filter a biography list of African Americans in the database.

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.

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 news articles?

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


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?

Caribbean History and Culture button
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 Collection  
    and other collections now available for research.

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

Your Librarian

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Christine Oka
270 Snell Library
(617) 373-3316