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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!

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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 Plus, includes the reference work,  Africa: South of the Sahara
Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. New webpage design allow for easier navigation using the tabs at the top of the page:
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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,

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


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Additional Open Access Media

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Open Access Digital Resource

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

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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.

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


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