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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.

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DATABASE TRIALS  includes access to the Hindustan Times.  This resource is a part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers  Hindustan Times Historical covers leading issues and events of the time, providing day-to-day news coverage of history in India. The historical newspaper offers coverage of 1924–2010, and is one of the largest newspapers in India.The paper is the second most widely read English newspaper in India (after The Times of India). The trial ends on December 28th 2022. 

Snell Library is currently offering trial access to World Politics Review, a daily online resource for international politics and foreign affairs written by more than 400 contributors from around the world and experts in a variety of disciplines. Full text is included in PDF or HTML format, or both, and the Review contains thousands of articles in its archive. The trial ends on December 31st,  2022.

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Open Access Resources

AgEcon is a searchable international collection of conference papers, journals, reports in agricultural and applied economics.

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

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

Key Resources

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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Baratunde Thurston on "How to deconstruct racism one headline at a time"
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Country Studies and Reports

Not peer-reviewed, but authoritative sources for country information, reports, policy papers and studies.

  • EIU Viewpoint (Economist Intelligent Unit)
  • Europa World Plus with in-depth country and regional information.
  • BBC News Country Profiles
  • Policy Commons
    Looking for studies,reports or white papers? Use this resource to access gray literature from IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, government agencies, and academic research centers.
  • Policy File
    Use PolicyFile to locate reports from over 350 public policy think tanks, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities. U.S. and international coverage.

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.

Open Access Media

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