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Databases by Subject: Africana Studies (African American and African)

African American Biographical Database

Biographies of thousands of African Americans and extended narratives of African American activists, former slaves, performing artists, educators, writers, and more--the famous and the everyday person. From 1790-1950.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Full-text/full-image of about 270 U.S. newspapers from more than 35 states published by African Americans from 1827-1998.

Black Short Fiction

Full-text African and African-Diaspora short stories and folktales from 1950 to present with additional special units of French and Portuguese literature from the African continent.

Black Studies Center

Gateway to several databases, including the International Index to Black Periodicals, the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, and the Black Literature Index, and provides access to scholarly essays, news and periodical literature, and literary works, from the early 1800s onward.

Black Thought and Culture

Includes full-text of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans and access to interviews, journal articles, and other material of 20th century topics, including politics, religion, history and sports.

Corpus of Francophone Literature

French-speaking literature covering the entire French speaking Sub-Saharan Africa ( twenty countries and more than hundred ethnic groups) from 1700 to 1960 including oral literature and periodicals, parish bulletins, school report books, etc.

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience

Covers the experience of peoples of African descent throughout the Americas via in-depth essays accompanied by detailed timelines along with research articles, images, film clips.

Anthropology Plus

Provides indexing of journal articles, reports, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, and interdisciplinary studies from early 19th century to the present.

Caribbean Literature

Caribbean Literature offers an extensive selection of 19th and 20th century works in a variety of languages, including novels, short stories and poetry representing every Caribbean country.

Ethnic Newswatch

An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses from 1960 to the present.

Historical Chicago Defender

Online content of the Chicago Defender which became the most influential black newspaper in the US within its first 10 years begins in 1910 and goes through 1975.
Includes full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of this newspaper.