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Full-text access to minority and ethnic newspapers, magazines, and journals (1959 - Current).
Academic Search Ultimate (previously Complete)
General database of popular and scholarly materials (1887 - Current). Try including the keywords "African American", "minority AND United States", "ethnic AND United States", or "race AND United States".
America History & Life
Articles covering the history of the United States and Canada (1910 - Current). Try using the keywords "minority", "race", or "black history" to narrow your results.
JSTOR Journal Archive
Full-text database for scholarly articles (1655 - 2009). Use the "narrow by discipline" option on the main search screen to limit your results to "African American Studies".
The premier research tool for psychology and related disciplines (education, sociology, nursing, etc.). Provides access to journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and technical reports.
Journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters related to sociology (1922 - Current). To narrow your search, use the keywords "race AND United States", "Minorities AND United States" or "African American".
Finding Primary Sources
African-American Newspapers : The 19th Century
Major articles published in African-American newspapers during the 1800's. Includes images of individual pages and searchable html transcripts of articles.
Hundreds of thousands of images from art, archaeology, architecture, and history. For a guide for searching ARTstor for images related to Black History, see here
Born in Slavery
Access to 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves provided by the Library of Congress.
umbrasearch.org brings together hundreds of thousands digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country. Umbra Search celebrates the vital efforts of the individuals and institutions that have helped to preserve and make accessible online hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American history and culture, and we pay homage to the Umbra Society of the early 1960s, a renegade group of Black writers and poets who helped create the Black Arts Movement.
19th Century in Print
Full-text access to American newspapers and magazines published during the 1800's.
Finding Books & Video
Black Women in America ( Oxford )
Achievements and contributions of African American women throughout history.
Over 30,000 full-text ebooks. Narrow down your search by including the keywords "African American", "minority AND United States", or "ethnic AND United States".
Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice ( SRO )
Topics, concepts, ideas, and biographies relating to activism, civil engagement, and social justice.
Encyclopedia of African American Education ( SRO )
Overview of educational institutions at every level, with special attention to historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities.
Encyclopedia of African American Society ( SRO )
Definitive, reliable, and accessible entry point to learning the basics about African American society.
Encyclopedia of Race and Crime ( SRO )
Historical and contemporary information on race and ethnicity and their impact on crime and the administration of justice.
Kanopy Video Streaming Service
Faculty : request a film for course use from a catalog of 26,000+ feature, documentary and independent films. Please include on the form the COURSE and the DATE by when you would like the film. Films are licensed for a year from the date of order. Please allow at least 10 business days for the film to become accessible.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Information on history, politics, customs, religion etc.. of cultural groups in Asian, Europe, the Americas, and Africa.
Finding Additional Resources
"The Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. #BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue among Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement."
The Charleston Syllabus is a collection of resources focused on the events surrounding the shooting of members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, on June 17, 2015.
Black Lives Matter Research Guide
Resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Created by Wellesley College. Use for links to freely available online sources (rather than those directly tied to Wellesley College).
Documenting the Now
DocNow responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. The project is a collaborative effort among the University of Maryland, University of California at Riverside, and Washington University in St. Louis.
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