Africana Studies

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Africana Studies Databases

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) — A multidisciplinary database covering a broad range of topics including African and African American history, literature, culture, and social experience.

Wiley Online Library — Wiley Online Library is a multi-disciplinary database that includes full-text journal articles and some full-text reference sources for a variety of topics and fields.

Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History — Consists of guides to archival and manuscript collections held by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The library's primary source materials document the experiences of African-Americans in Atlanta, the Southeastern region, and throughout the nation. Travel to Atlanta will be necessary to view the full text of most items described in the included guides.

Civil War and the American South — Provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). ASERL members hold deep and extensive collections documenting the history and culture of the American South, developed over hundreds of years to support scholarly research and teaching. Many of the special or unique manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, broadsides, and other materials have been digitized to provide broader access to these documents for scholars and students around the world.

History Reference Center (EBSCO) — Features full text for more than 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as full text for more than 120 history periodicals. Further, the database contains 59,640 historical documents; more than 50,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 110,200 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Literature Online (ProQuest) — Also called LION, this online resource is for the study and teaching of literature in English. It combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources. The essential criticism and reference resources, including an ever-growing library of full-text journals and author biographies, helps keep you up to date on the latest research into every aspect of literary and linguistic study. The works of many African and African-American authors are included.

Literature Resource Center (Gale) — Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. This database would be of use to those researching the works of African or African American authors, poets, and playwrights.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO) — This full-text literary reference database provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. Information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available elsewhere are provided in this database.

America: History and Life (EBSCO) — Contains journal citations on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. It includes indexing for 1700 English language historical journals, including selected local history journals. The database also includes citations to dissertations and book reviews in American and Canadian history. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) — Index of literature, languages, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore from over 4,400 journals and serials, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO) — Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more - essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research.

Ancestry Library Edition — For ancestry/genealogy research. This database combines content from around 4,000 databases. Note: Available on-campus only.

Africana Studies Books

 Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Library. Items held at other Mercer University Library locations can be ordered by clicking the "Request" button and filling in the required information. Items not available in the University Library may be requested via Interlibrary Loan at no charge.

Books on Africana Studies available in the Tarver Library on the 3rd floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • E 184.5 - 185.89 Afro-Americans
  • E 185.2 - 185.89 Status and development since emancipation
  • E 185.96 - 185.98 Biography & Genealogy

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Africana Studies Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Useful Africana Studies Web Sites

DuSable Museum of African American History 
This Chicago museum was "dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Americans of African descent."

In Motion: The African American Migration Experience 
This site contains tens of thousands of essays, books, articles, manuscripts, illustrations, lesson plans, and maps related to African-American migration during the past four hundred years.

African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture 
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture, this exhibit covers the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere. The Mosaic surveys the full range, size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound.

Chronicling America
A repository of "orphan" historical newspapers published in the United States between 1789-1922, including 55 African American newspapers. All newspapers are full-text searchable and can be searched by keyword, year, state of origin, or ethnicity of intended audience. Note: "Orphan" newspapers are those no longer in print or owned by a still-existing newspaper office AND which have not been extensively digitized elsewhere.

British PathéBritish Pathé serves as the digital archive of the now defunct UK-based Pathé News. Over 90,000 historic news clips are now available for free and cover a vast variety of news from around the world, including a significant amount of videos focusing on the Civil Rights movement in the United States. The database is searchable by keyword, theme, and original production type.

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection A rich and diverse set of materials on the anti slavery movement of the 1800’s. Over 10,000 pamphlets and leaflets from the local to the national level.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database/Voyages
 The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages  that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

Race & Slavery Petitions Project
The Race & Slavery Petitions Project offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia.

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology 
This web site, maintained by the Department of History at the University of Virginia, provides samples of the narratives of the interviews of over 2,300 former slaves conducted under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. This web site provides an opportunity to read a sample of these narratives, and to see some of the photographs taken at the time of the interviews. The entire collection of narratives can be found in The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography E 444 .A45 1972 (24 vols)