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Afro American Studies

A general guide to library research in Afro American Studies.

Featuring: Black Abolitionist Papers Online

Black Abolitionist Papers

Papers and articles of 300 US and European anti-slavery activists of color, 1830-1865.

Web Sites

Journals

See also a list of journals in Afro American Studies.

Course readings list

Course Readings

are listed in this RefShare folder. The list can be downloaded to any RefWorks account or into Zotero or Endnote!

Books - Selected Course Readings

Course Readings

are listed in this RefShare folder. The list can be downloaded to any RefWorks account or into Zotero or Endnote!

Here are just a few titles from the extensive reading list.

More Books

Reference Materials

Some sample reference books for this course (located on the Main floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library):

Searching for Books

Search for books in the Library Catalog.

Subject Headings in the Catalog (Click on each link for lists of subheadings and books.)

Other Sources of Books

  • ebrary
    Scholarly and popular books online in full text, from 1990 to present.
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    Ebsco EBook Collection
    Scholarly and popular books online, in full text, various dates.
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    Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    Claims to have every significant book or pamphlet printed in the UK, and English-language titles printed in America, between 1701 and 1800.
    Also known as: ECCO
  • Borrow books from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Find them in UMAWorldCat, on the library homepage

Microforms

Black Abolitionist papers, 1830-1865 UM/Microform Storage 10429, 17 reels. For a guide to the papers see Ref E499.B625 1981.

Microfilm edition of slavery and antislavery pamphlets from the libraries of Salmon P. Chase & John P. Hale UM Microform Storage 5460, 5 reels. Microfilm of pamphlet collection at Dartmouth College Library. For an index to the collection see Ref. Z 7164 S6H42

For your convenience, we recommend that you request microforms through the Electronic Request Form before coming to the microforms area to do your work. When filling out the electronic form please list a specific call number along with a specific reel number, if applicable.

Databases

Tip:

Use RefWorks Bibliography Manager to download and manage your citations and create bibliographies.

Academic Search Premier (includes full-text journal articles) Citations, abstracts and full text articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals.

African American Biographical Database - Biographies of thousands of African Americans assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources. Useful for an understanding of the African American experience over the last two centuries.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century - Starting with the Freedom’s Journal in 1827 and continuing in chronological order with the monthly addition of new text, this database plans to ultimately contain the complete text of the major African American newspapers published in the United States during the 19th century. Currently contains the following newspapers: Freedom's Journal, The Coloured American, The North Star, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, Frederick Douglass Paper, and The Christian Recorder. This material was written by African Americans for African Americans.

America: History and Life - Scholarly article citations in history with some full-text links.

Black Abolitionist Papers - Papers and articles of 300 US and European anti-slavery activists of color, 1830-1865.

Black Thought and Culture - Includes the full text of a few materials on the African Americans in the American Revolution, the Haitian Independence Movement, the ending of the International slave trade, the Fugitive Slave Act, Bleeding Kansas, the Harpers Ferry Raid, and the Civil War.

Ethnic Newswatch - Full-text articles from the contemporary newspapers, magazines and some scholarly journals of ethnic communities in the United States.

Expanded Academic Index (includes full-text journal articles) Tip: For scholarly articles, limit the search to refereed publications. Good for academic book reviews.

JSTOR - Full-text scholarly journals.

Web of Science - Includes the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI). The databases may be searched separately or together. Good for academic book reviews and for seeing who cited whom.