African-American Studies: Articles

If your research is interdisciplinary, start out with

  • EBSCOhost Research Databases 
    Allows you to search simultaneously across more than one hundred databases in a variety of fields. Includes key databases in Art, Architecture, Business, History, Education, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, and Science. Also includes Historical collections such as AAS Historical Periodicals, Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection, and ATLA Historical Monographs Collection. Includes full text access to many journal articles, e-books, and e-book chapters.

  • ProQuest Black Studies
    A fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspapers, archival collections, and oral-history videos. Resources accessible through ProQuest Black Studies include: Schomburg Studies on the Black ExperienceBlack Studies PeriodicalsIndex to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature IndexHistorical Black NewspapersThe HistoryMakers® oral-history video resource.

If your research is historical, start out with

  • America: History and Life with Full Text
    Type of Resource: Index, with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: items published 1955 onwards; updated monthly
    Covers writings about the history and culture of United States and Canada from prehistory through the recent past. Provides brief summaries of journal articles and book articles, as well as listings for book reviews, media reviews, and dissertations. Also provides links to full text for many journal articles.

    If your historical research extends beyond the United States and Canada, you may want to search America History and Life simultaneously with Historical Abstracts, which is international in scope. To do this, select the "Choose Databases" link to the right of America History and Life in your Search Screen.

    Then select Historical Abstracts from the "Choose Databases" menu that appears; and then select "OK."
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
    Coverage: items published 1954 onwards
    Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada), as represented in more than 2,000 journals published throughout the world. Provides listings for journal articles, book articles, books, and dissertations, along with full text for many articles.

Selected further resources

  • ABI Inform Global
    "Includes in-depth coverage from thousands of publications, most of them in full-text. With ABI/INFORM Global, users can find out about business conditions, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and competitive landscape."
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in ProQuest.
  • Access World News (Newsbank)  (date range varies by title, from 1989 to today)
    Provides access to over 13,000 current news sources from around the world. More than 7,900 of these sources are from the US. Coverage varies by title, extending back as far as 1989 for many titles. Includes 230 new full color PDF image editions, for titles such as The New York Post, Newark Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, London Times, Jerusalem Post, and many more.  For the select titles available in image editions, each day’s edition feeds into the database in full color, with all the pictures, ads, graphs, etc. Select "A-Z Source List" to browse titles and date ranges; and to choose from available online formats.
  • Alt-Press Watch
    "Showcases unique, independent voices from many respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals. The database features over 670,000 articles from around 200 publications, offering a wide range of unfettered, critical coverage of the news."  Most of the items here are presented in full text.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in ProQuest.
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
    "Combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. . . Coverage in this database begins in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century. In ATLASerials, full text is provided for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews from more than 220 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States."
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Black Life in America : the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1976 to present (Newsbank)
    This database is a subset of Access world news. It's contents have been derived by running an algorithm designed to identify articles related to Black life in America from that more general database.
  • Black Studies Center
    "A fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more. It combines essential resources for research and teaching in Black Studies, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Index to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975."
  • Book Review Digest Plus
    "Brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics from thousands of sources."
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Education Research Complete
    "Offers the world's largest and most complete collection of full text education journals. . . . Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,300 journals, as well as full text for nearly 1,400 journals. This database also includes full text for nearly 550 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers."
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic NewsWatch™, provides seamless access to two modules: 1.) the current file, which "covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives." The current file is  "updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource"; and 2.) the historical file, which covers "the years 1959-1989, [and] offers a rare collection of over 30 full-text titles, focusing on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989." 
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in ProQuest.
  • Factiva (Dow Jones)
    "Factiva offers you a premier collection of the world’s top media outlets, web media, trade and consumer publications and more. We give you immediate access to thousands of sources in 28 languages from nearly 200 countries, 35 years’ worth of articles, analyst reports and tweets."
  •  Gender Studies Database
    "Gender Studies Database combines Women’s Studies International and Men’s Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles and documents on the Internet are available. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. Several hundred links provide access to carefully selected and important websites. This database includes more than 921,000 records with coverage spanning from 1972 and earlier to the present."
     ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Humanities Full Text
    "Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals . . . dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more. Topics covered include classical studies, literary & social criticism, philosophy, religion & theology, literature, art, dance, film, folklore, music, performing arts, area studies, communications, gender studies, history, journalism, linguistics, archaeology, and much more."
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • IBZ Online (De Gruyter Saur)
    The bibliography IBZ has been the leading international and interdisciplinary reference work documenting academic periodical literature in the humanities, social sciences and related fields for over a hundred years. The spectrum of subjects covered is unrivalled: in no other database are academic journals from so many fields covered. Publications from 40 countries in more than 40 languages are taken into consideration. The articles are analyzed for subject content based on the standards "Schlagwortnormdatei (SWD)" and "Personennormdatei (PND)" published by the German National Library in German and English. Users therefore have instant access to a multiplicity of topics irrespective of the original language of an indexed article."

  • Index to legal periodicals & books  
    "Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. The Index of Legal Periodicals includes indexing of over 1,025 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association publications, university publications, and government publications. With nearly 300 law reviews, it provides international coverage including periodicals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand."
     ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  •  JSTOR
    "JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations." Journals in JSTOR are covered back to their first issues. Recency of coverage varies by title. Some titles are covered up through latest issue; others only up through five years ago, etc.
  • MEDLINE   (Ovid Technologies)
    "Ovid MEDLINE ® covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide. . . . Ovid MEDLINE ® is produced by the National Library of Medicine." Includes daily updates. If you select the first two modules from menu:  "Ovid MEDLINE(R) 1946 to January Week 4 2017 and Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations," you will be able to search records back as far as publication year 1860.
  • Music Index with Full Text
    A comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature from 1970 to the present. International in scope, with a focus on Popular Music and Music Education, this database is geared toward both subject specialists and novices alike. Music Index with Full Text contains full text for popular magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals, as well as all the content from Music Index, including cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, along with book reviews, obituaries, and news.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Nexis Uni
    A wide-ranging full-text database including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.
  • PAIS International & PAIS Archive
    The "PAIS International" database contains references to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more.  It includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. The "PAIS Archive" database (which is searched simultaneously with "PAIS International")  comprises a retrospective conversion of the "PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin," volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. The "PAIS Archive" database contains references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics. Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled public and social policy issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in ProQuest.
  • Project Muse
    "Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.  Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content."
  • ProQuest
    Allows you to search simultaneously across more than 100 databases in a wide range of subject areas, such as: news and world affairs; humanities; education; social sciences; literature; women's studies; business and economics; health and medical; science and technology; psychology;  and law. Most of the content covered here is directly accessible in full text. Along with academic journals, ProQuest provides access to a wide range of newspapers, magazines, and trade publications.
  • Race Relations Abstracts
    "Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from many of the top titles within the discipline, including Race, Ethnicity & Education and Ethnic & Racial Studies."--About the database.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Readers Guide Full Text
    Coverage:  items published 1983 to the present Brief summaries of articles from popular and general-interest periodicals.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Provides listings of, or access to, articles from a wide range of social sciences journals. Subjects covered include: “Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Global Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, International Relations, Law, Minority Studies, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.”
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in EBSCOhost research databases.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Type of Resource: Index, with full-text access for selected articles
    Coverage: items published 1975 to the present
    Provides access to citations and abstracts of journal articles appearing political science journals.
    ►May also be searched simultaneously with many other databases in ProQuest.

General Search Tools

  • Google scholar   
    "Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." When you Use the link above to connect to Google Scholar, you will also have direct access to articles in online journals to which Columbia subscribes.
  • CLIO : Articles Search
    Searches a large database of mostly full-text journals, encyclopedia and newspaper articles; this database also includes e-books and government documents. Newspaper articles are excluded from the initial search results. To include them, click the 'x' next to "Not Content Type: Newspaper Articles" above the search results.