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African American Studies *: Databases & Journals

Core African American Studies Article Databases

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Multidisciplinary Databases

Multidisciplinary databases are extremely useful for finding articles published in interdisciplinary journals or in journals outiside of the discipline of American history that may still be relevant to your research topic.

In addition to containing journal articles, many of these database also provide citations for (or full-text access to) books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference proceedings, which allows you to cast a wider net in your effort to find sources.

Large Multidisciplinary Databases:

Other Multidisciplinary (Point of view) Databases:

African American Studies Journals

African American Review Official publication of MLA's Black American Literature and Culture division

Black American Literature Forum Early publication of MLA's Black American Literature and Culture division

Black Renaissance  Put out by the Africana Studies Program and the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University

Black Scholar Founded in 1969, this is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the exploration of cultural, political, social, and economic issues affecting black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world

Black Women, Gender & Families

Callaloo Original works by and critical studies of black writers worldwide

CLA Journal Published since 1957 by the College Language Association - an association formed by historically black colleges and universities in 1937. It is a peer reviewed journal that features book reviews and articles in the areas of language, literature, linguistics and pedagogy. 

Ethnic & Racial Studies An interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, international relations, history and social psychology

Journal of African American History  Founded by Carter Woodson in 1916 as the Journal of Negro History. Since then, this journal has become one of the leading scholarly sources on African American life and history

Journal of African American Studies

Journal of Black Studies - Scholarship on the Black experience

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Importance of higher education in the lives of Black Americans

Journal of Negro Education Study of Blacks and education

Langston Hughes Review  The official publication of the Langston Hughes Society

The Review of Black Political Economy  Published in affiliation with the National Economic Association, this journal examines the economic status of African American and Third World peoples and analyzes policies designed to either reduce economic inequality or to advance economic opportunities.

Transition Multidisciplinary journal providing essays and book reviews and essays on a wide range of topics in African American Studies

Western Journal of Black Studies 

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If you are looking for a specific journal, select Journals on the Libraries homepage:

If you have the exact title of the journal, search for the title and on the Results page, select "Sort by: Title":

If we have online access to this publication you'll see one or more results, with the dates available and the name of the database or publisher linking you to the journal. If we have the journal in print or on microfilm you will see location information under the "Availability" section of the item record.