African Diaspora information resources: Books & articles


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Journal articles

America: History and Life
Indexes literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistoric times to the present

Historical Abstracts
Indexes literature on the history of the world since 1450 except for the United States and Canada.

Provides full-text access to a larger archival collection of core scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Note: Because of agreements with publishers, JSTOR does not provide access to the most current issues of journals. In most cases 2-5 full years plus the current calendar year are excluded.

Project MUSE Search
A searchable, online, full-text collection of over 110 humanities and social science journals. Subjects include: literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, and gender studies.

Sociological Abstracts
Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.

Anthropology Plus
Material relating to anthropology and archaeology.

CBCA Complete

Selected books

Selected subject headings

Primary documents databases

African Oral Narratives
African Oral Narratives is a free, open access digital library containing 6 collections of oral and life histories, folklore, and songs from Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa. These audio and video resources capture the voices and experiences of ordinary men and women. In more than a half dozen African languages, these materials can be used for conducting historical research and to learn about many African cultures and languages.

Black Drama - Full texts of over 1,200 plays from mid-1800s - present by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African Diaspora countries.Includes: biographies, playbills, images, production notes, performance information. Playwrights include: Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston etc.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore - Contains over 11 000 stories and folk tales from Africa and the African Diaspora (mid 1990s - present) in their original languages and English. Includes: oral traditions; contemporary tales of modern life; complete runs of thematic literary magazines (e.g. Kyk-Over-Al, The Beacon); early North American black-owned and edited journals and newspapers.

Black Thought & Culture
Contains 2,500 pages of oral history interviews recorded by the former Black Panther, David Hilliard. Teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers, and others are represented.

Oral History Online - English language oral histories from around the world. It includes Ellis Island oral history narratives, rare Black Panther Party interviews, and more.

Original manuscript and rare printed material on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition.

For more, check the guide for Primary sources.​