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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Unrestricted Access
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.
Articles

JSTOR Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

America: History and Life Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1964-present. A resource for studying the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database Unrestricted Access
Coverage: varies by title. Articles from English language and multi-lingual journals and periodicals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Social Sciences Citation Index Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-- . Most useful for its `Cited Reference Search` feature. To search for an author cited in the bibliography or notes of journal articles, choose the `Web of Science` tab and the `Cited Reference Search`sub-tab.

PsycInfo Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1887-present. Contains citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines.

Sociological Abstracts Online Restricted Access
Coverage: 1963-present. Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Restricted Access
Coverage: 1951-present. Indexes and asbstracts social science and interdisciplinary research. For book reviews, search title of book and REVIEW in Publication Type.

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1960-present. A database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Articles and other materials on archaeology, architecture, art, Asian studies, classics, dance, film, TV & radio, folklore, history, language & linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, theater, theology & religious studies. PART OF WEB OF SCIENCE, click on `Change Limits` to select Arts & Humanities only.

ATLA Religion Database Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1949-present. Produced by the American Theological Library Association, covering biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues.

Hapi Online Restricted Access
Coverage: 1970-present. A source for journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.  Many articles in Spanish.

Historical Abstracts Restricted Access
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women`s history, history of education, and more.

HLAS Online--Handbook of Latin American Studies Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1935-present. A bibliography of journals and books on Latin America covering topics in both the humanities and social sciences.

Humanities & Social Science Index Retrospective Restricted Access
Coverage: 1907-1984. Allows search of a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Web of Science Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Access to Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and/or Arts & Humantities Citation Index. This resource has broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholary articles.  A feature which is somewhat unique to this resource is citation searching.  Using an important historic reference - one can see the more recent articles which cited the key reference.

Note: WOS searches Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index simultaneously by default.
Encyclopedias
Africa and the Americas : culture, politics and history: a multidisciplinary encyclopedia Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. This encyclopedia explores the many long-standing influences of Africa and people of African descent on the culture of the Americas, while tracing the many ways in which the Americas remain closely interconnected with Africa.

Oxford African American Studies Center Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

Literature Resource Center Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Covers biographies, literary criticism and journals in fields of literature, language, linguistics and folklore for all modern languages.

Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience Case Ref DT14 .A37435 2005 Restricted Access
A highly regarded reference work with strong focus on the African continent and its descendant cultures in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. To a lesser extent it also covers the African presence in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism Restricted Access Some full text available
Examines the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modem era. Delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences. Includes biographies of significant theorists, as well as political and social leaders and notorious racists.

African American Religious Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
2009 ed. This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive presentatino on the diversity and richness of religious practices among African Americans, from traditions predating the era of the transatlantic slave trade to contemporary religious movements.

Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives Restricted Access Some full text available
2009 ed. This work documents the importance of the civil rights movement and its lasting impression on American society and culture.

Encyclopedia of African American Education Restricted Access Some full text available
2009 ed.   The entries provide a comprehensive overview of educational institutions at every level, from preschool through graduate and professional training, with special attention to historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities. The encyclopedia follows the struggle of African Americans to achieve equality in education—beginning among an enslaved population and evolving into the present—as the efforts of many remarkable individuals furthered this cause through court decisions and legislation.

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: the Black experience in the Americas Restricted Access Some full text available
2006 ed. Covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Uses biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces to fully define in one source the cultural roots and current condition of the African-American community.

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. An authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African Diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution Restricted Access Some full text available
2000 ed. Provides coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government\'s legal framework (Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, Cabinet Members, Lawyers, and more). Also available in print: Case Ref KF4548.E53 2000

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America Restricted Access Some full text available
2003 ed. Contains essays on specific culture groups in the United States, emphasizing religions, holidays, customs, and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans, and Amish. Each essay lists organizations and research centers; contact information for periodicals, radio, and television stations; and a further readings section.

Slavery in the United States: A social, political, and historical encyclopedia Restricted Access Some full text available
2007 ed. A comprehensive, contextual presentation of all aspects(social, political, and economic) of slavery in the United States, from the first colonization through Reconstruction.

Harlem Renaissance Restricted Access Some full text available
2001. This authoritative resource presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. This single volume contains almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.
Note: Part of NOVEL
Newspapers -- Current
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies, generally 1980s-- . A multi-disciplinary database, with especially strong news, business and legal material.

Access World News - International Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.

America`s Newspapers Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1980-present. Includes the Syracuse Post Standard, Observer Dispatch (Utica), Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and other regional newspapers

Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1960-present. A database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.
Newspapers -- Historical
African American Newspapers - 1827 - 1998 (Newsbank) Restricted Access Some full text available
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

America's Historical Newspapers Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1690-1922. Includes more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. (formerly called Early American Newspapers, Series I through VII)

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Restricted Access Some full text available
1691-1877,  This collection includes digitized images of American magazines and journals never before available before in electronic format.  This collection documents the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the early years of the republic, to provide digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877.  Only thru 1865 is currently available as the series are being released in chronological order and will be completed in 2013/14.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series I, Evans 1639-1800 Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1639-1800. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, this has been hailed as a definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America.

Americas Historical Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker 1801-1819 Restricted Access Some full text available
Provides a comprehensive set of American imprints published in the early part of the 19th century, including many state papers and early government materials which chronicle the political and geographic growth of the developing American nation.

New York Times -Proquest Historical Newspapers Restricted Access Some full text available
1851 - 3 years ago. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for New York Times dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.

African American Newspapers: the 19th Century Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1827-1862. A collection of African-American newspapers containing a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

Archive of Americana Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes Early American Imprints (Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker) and Early American Newspapers series 1-7 and African American Newspapers 1827-1998.
Newspapers -- International
Access World News - International Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.
Primary Sources
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Restricted Access Some full text available
1691-1877,  This collection includes digitized images of American magazines and journals never before available before in electronic format.  This collection documents the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the early years of the republic, to provide digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877.  Only thru 1865 is currently available as the series are being released in chronological order and will be completed in 2013/14.

American Black Journal Unrestricted Access
This public interest television program produced by Detroit Public Television (originally titled Colored People's Time) went on the air in 1968 as a televised public forum. With notable guests, such as Louis Farrakhan, Cornel West, Ossie Davis and many others, the show (under different titles and formats) has documented Detroit and American history from African-American perspectives during its thirty-six-year run.

American Memory Project : African American History Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
The Library of Congress has digitzied a wealth of primary source material in African American studies.

American Slave Narratives : an online anthology Unrestricted Access
The University of Virginia provides a sampling of slave narratives and provides other details about the authors of these narratives.

Slavery and Anti-slavery: Debates over Slavery and Abolition, Slave Trade in the Atlantic, The Institution of Slavery Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
Slavery and Anti-Slavery is devoted to the transatlantic history of slavery. It includes books, manuscripts, court records, and serials. The first part documents the debates surrounding slavery and its abolition in the U.S. but also in the UK and other European countries, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. The second part is on Slave Trade and the Atlantic World , part 3 on the Institution of Slavery

African American Newspapers: the 19th Century Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1827-1862. A collection of African-American newspapers containing a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s, rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

African American Newspapers - 1827 - 1998 (Newsbank) Restricted Access Some full text available
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

African American frontiers : slave narratives and oral histories Restricted Access Some full text available
2000 ed. A collection of first hand narratives and oral histories portraying the African American experience from slavery through emancipation and into the 20th century.

Black Literature Index Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1827-1940. Fiction, poetry and literary reviews; materials indexed are available on microfiche, Micro PS 153.lN5 B53 1987.

HarpWeek Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1857-1912. Electronic access to Harper`s Weekly, America`s leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. Includes the ability to search for a wide variety of articles, ads, illustrations, fiction.

New York Times -Proquest Historical Newspapers Restricted Access Some full text available
1851 - 3 years ago. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for New York Times dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.

Oxford African American Studies Center Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

Times (London) Digital Archive Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1785-2006. Search the full-text of the Times (London) Digital Archive. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.
Dictionaries
Webster`s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: current. The largest and most comprehensive American dictionary.
Bibliographies
African American history in the press, 1851-1899 : from the coming of the Civil War to the rise of Jim Crow as reported and illustrated in selected newspapers of the time CASE Ref. E185.2 .A25 1996 vols. 1 & 2 Unrestricted Access
1st ed. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1996.

Bibliography of Black Music Case Reference ML128.B45 D44 Unrestricted Access
A bibliography of articles, books, essays covering black musicians and musical culture, including history, minstrelsy, spirituals, ragtime, musical theater, concert music blues, gospel, jazz, instruments, performance, theory, pedagogy, ethnomusicology, acculturation, and music as it relates to other disciplines; covering North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Published in 1981.
Data/Statistics
Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Data on social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade - quantitative facts of American History. Also available in print: CASE Ref.  HA202 .H57 2006
Citation Style Guides
Citation & Style Guides Unrestricted Access
Online information about commonly used citation and style guides, e.g., MLA, APA, etc., Refworks, and a list of print guides available in the Colgate Libraries.
Web Sites
African American Odyssey: A quest for full citizenship Unrestricted Access
Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project, this web site explores Black America`s quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century.
Images
AP Images Restricted Access Resource contains images
Coverage: 1840-present. The photo archive for the Associated Press has over 500, 000 images dating from 1844 to the present and covering a wide range of events and locations.
Video
American Black Journal Unrestricted Access
This public interest television program produced by Detroit Public Television (originally titled Colored People's Time) went on the air in 1968 as a televised public forum. With notable guests, such as Louis Farrakhan, Cornel West, Ossie Davis and many others, the show (under different titles and formats) has documented Detroit and American history from African-American perspectives during its thirty-six-year run.
Biographical Information
American National Biography Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 900-present. This is the authoritative biographical source for Americans who died prior to 1996.

Oxford African American Studies Center Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes: Africana, an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes, new Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 which documents the full range of the African American experience, the African American National Biography, and Black Women in America as well as primary source materials.

Who`s Who among African Americans Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. (18th ed) Provides biographical and career details on more than 20,000 notable African American individuals, including leaders from sports, the arts, business, religion and more.
Reviews
Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1960-present. A database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.

Black Literature Index Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1827-1940. Fiction, poetry and literary reviews; materials indexed are available on microfiche, Micro PS 153.lN5 B53 1987.

Book Review Index Restricted Access
Coverage: 1965-present. Indexes reviews in magazines and scholarly journals.

Book Review Digest Case Ref Z1219.C95 Restricted Access
Coverage: 1905-2004/05.  Indexes and excerpts reviews of books written in English and published in the U.S. and Canada. More selective than Book Review Index. Arranged alphabetically by author; subject and title indexes. Search year of publication and the year following publication.
Atlases
African-American atlas : Black history and culture-- an illustrated reference. [Rev. ed.] CASE Ref. E185 .A79 1998 Unrestricted Access
New York : Macmillan USA ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998

Almanacs & Yearbooks
African American Almanac Restricted Access Some full text available
2003 ed. Provides historical and current information on African American history, society, and culture in 28 topical chapters.


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