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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!

500 Answers to the Question: What can I do with a Black Studies major? by Robert Fikes, Jr.

Take a look at the Co-op to Career page for how-to 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 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,

Key Resources

Sage Research Methods is an online colllection 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?

NOTE: use quotation marks to focus the search on the name of the movement.


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 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 news articles?

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


Looking for Country Information:

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)  with country analysis, risk analysis and industry analysisEconomist Intelligence Unit landing page with country search box and browse country list option


Europa World Plus includes the reference work,  Africa: South of the Sahara

Description of Europa World Plus resource

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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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