Database List

The following 28 databases are best for: Africana Studies

See our Africana Studies Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Africana Studies Databases

Race Relations Abstracts

America: History and Life
  Covers the history of the U.S. and Canada.

Historical Abstracts
  Covers the history of the world (except the U.S. and Canada).

Caribbean Search


All Africana Studies Databases

AfricaBib    
The site consists of two bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature (Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database) and African Women's literature (African Women's Database).
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: AfricaBib.org

 
African American Archives    
Original historical documents pertaining to the history of African Americans, mostly in the United States, but also from the Colonial era and the West Indies. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941. *Note: If the database is taking a long time to load, clear your browser's cache, and try again.
  • Coverage Range: 1670s to 1900s
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
African American Historical Newspapers    
A cross-searchable collection of historical content from leading African-American newspapers. Titles included are: Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Chicago Defender (1910-1975), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), and Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988). From ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Purchase made possible in part through a bequest of Eleanor Cogan (Honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts, 2003), library volunteer and longtime friend of the college.
  • Coverage Range: 1910-2003, but varies by title
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
African American Historical Serials Collection    
Includes newspapers and magazines, and reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941.
  • Coverage Range: 1816-1922
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
African American Studies Center (AASC)    
The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with articles from Africana; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present; Black Women in America, Second Edition; and the African American National Biography. Also contains resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
African Journals OnLine (AJOL)    
Indexing to over 200 African journals.
  • Coverage Range: From the late 1990s to current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: AJOL

 
Africa-Wide Information    
A multidisciplinary collection with extensive coverage of Africa and African studies, and information on a wide variety of topics from Africa-based publications and organizations. Includes citations for wide variety of scholarly sources, including dissertations, research reports, and monographs.
  • Coverage Range: 1500s to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Aluka    
A digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, containing archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ITHAKA (JSTOR)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
America: History & Life    
History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1964 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the Library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link. NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR ANCIENT OR MEDIEVAL HISTORY, OR FOR TOPICS NOT DEALING WITH NORTH AMERICA
  • Coverage Range: 1964-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Anthropology Plus    
This is the online version of "Anthropological Literature" from Harvard University and "Anthropological Index" from the UK's Royal Anthropological Institute. It covers international journals from the early 19th century to the present. In addition to journal articles, it includes citations for reports, commentaries, edited works and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Coverage Range: Late 19th century to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • 5 Simultaneous Users

 
Black Abolitionist Papers    
This database details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Presents the massive, international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany. Gift of the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund.
  • Coverage Range: 1830-1865
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century    
Part of History Vault primary sources. Includes collections Federal Government Records, and Organizational and Personal Papers, Part 1. Has documents such as FBI and White House files, and the papers of activists such as Bayard Rustin and Mary McLeod Bethune. History Vault also includes collections of NAACP Papers.
  • Coverage Range: 20th century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Black Studies in Video    
Features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Coverage Range: Scope – 20th century to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press, LLC.

 
Caribbean Search    
A multi-disciplinary database of English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region.
  • Coverage Range: Mid 1990s-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA)    
Southern African material that mostly covers the struggle for freedom during the period from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994. Note: This database can be very slow and intermittently unavailable.
  • Coverage Range: 1950 to 1994
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA)

 
Ethnic News Watch    
Covers news, culture and history from publications of the ethnic, minority, and native press.
  • Coverage Range: 1990 to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest    
Documents some of the motivations, activities, and results of the European conquest of Africa in the nineteenth century. Primary documents including monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts covering key issues of economics, world politics and strategy during the European powers' "Scramble for Africa." Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
  • Coverage Range: 19th century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale Cengage Learning

 
Historical Abstracts    
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, history of science, and more. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1955 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link. NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR ANCIENT OR MEDIEVAL HISTORY, OR FOR NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY
  • Coverage Range: 1955-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
History Vault    
A set of 11 collections of primary source documents covering aspects of US history. Collections include: Black Freedom, Immigration, NAACP, Plantations, Politics and Society 1960-75, Slavery and the Law, Vietnam War, and Women's Rights.
  • Coverage Range: varies; 1770s to 1975
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Humanities International Complete (HIC)    
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities. FOR CITATION SEARCHING: Click the "More" button at the top of the search screen, then click "Cited References."
  • Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
NAACP Papers    
Four collections included in the History Vault database of primary sources that document the organization and major campaigns of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Covers topics such as education, voting, court cases, lynching, segregation and discrimination complaints.
  • Coverage Range: 1910s-1970s
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
National Geographic Magazine Archive    
The official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Recognized for some of the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world, this award-winning, iconic magazine is famous for providing unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s, this database includes every page and every photograph, all fully searchable.
  • Coverage Range: 1888-1994 (Archive), 1995-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive (NCCO)    
Primary source material from rare collections around the globe. Includes nine individual collections: (1) British Politics and Society: sources related to the political climate in Great Britain; (2) European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection: full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers; (3) Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, which includes government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more; (4) British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, featuring primary sources such as playbills, scripts to operas and complete scores; (5) Photography: The World through the Lens, has photos and publications about photography from the period; (6 & 7) Science, Technology & Medicine: 1780-1925, parts 1-2, has journals, books and other documents; (8) Women: Transnational Networks has journals, books, manuscripts, and other materials, mostly from the US and UK, but with some other countries as well; (9) Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest has monographs, periodicals, and other materials documenting European policies and their effects in Africa.
  • Coverage Range: 19th Century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Race Relations Abstracts    
Includes ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to racial relations.
  • Coverage Range: 1975-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Slavery & Abolition Resource Center    
Contains full-text searchable books and pamphlets reflecting both sides of the American slavery debate. Includes first person narratives, legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious sermons, and early secondary works.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Dickinson College / Millerville University

 
Slavery and the Law    
Part of History Vault primary document collections. Includes petitions to county courts and legislatures in Southern states, state slavery statutes, and period overviews of slavery in the courts.
  • Coverage Range: 1770s to 1865
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Southern Life & African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records    
Part of History Vault primary document collections, plantation records document the business and culture of plantations in various parts of the South. They include lists of slaves, records of bills and receipts, wills and other financial and personal documents.
  • Coverage Range: 1770s to 1910s.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
World News Connection (East View; trial through May 10)    
Access to a historical archive of news from all over the world, translated into English. An important resource for those who do not know the foreign language yet needs a different perspective other than US.
  • Coverage Range: 1994-2013
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: East View