Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016     Views: 129


Search terms that can help you narrow down your results in HOLLIS+, Academic Search Premier, and other multidisciplinary resources. Several of these terms could be placed in more than once of these categories; this is just a way to start thinking about what kinds of terms you might use.

  • people/entities: "James Baldwin," "fugitive slaves," "African Methodist Episcopal Church"
  • geography: Chicago,"southern states," "antebellum South"
  • movements: Afrocentrism, anti-slavery, "Harlem Renaissance"
  • concepts:  slavery, multiculturalism, "color blindness"
  • time period terms: Reconstruction, "civil rights era," "21st century"
  • events/eras: "Second Great Migration," "Million Woman March," "Nat Turner's Rebellion"


Oxford African American Studies Center includes several excellent reference works such as  

  • Encyclopedia of African American History
  • Black Women in America
  • African American National Biography


 Library Liaison to African Studies and African-American Studies, Susan Gilroy, Reference Librarian, Lamont Library,, 617-496-5403

Research Contact for African Studies, Bassey Irele, Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Collection Development, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-3559


International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text- scholarly and popular articles from journals, newspapers and newsletters from the US, Africa and the Caribbean. Full text coverage from 1998; indexed from 1900 to "present day."

Africa-Wide- African, European and North American databases with close to 2 million records indexing printed texts, maps and music recordings on all topics in African studies. Coverage from 19th c. forward.

African American Biographical Database (1790-1950) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources.

See also

Our research guide for finding newspapers and newspaper articles.

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