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Larry Milliken

Larry Milliken
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Africana Studies

  1. Facts and Background Information
  2. Finding Books
  3. Finding Articles
  4. Biography
  5. Africana Depts./Related Resources
  6. Selected Web Resources

Facts and Background Information

  • African American Almanac -- ELECTRONIC 9th edition from 2003 Contains current and historical information on African American history and culture, arranged in 28 topical chapters such as Politics, Religion, Black Nationalism, etc.
  • best resource Companion to African-American Studies -- PRINT REF E184.7 .C65 2006 In-depth scholarly essays on the history and issues of African American studies.
  • best resource Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History -- PRINT and ELECTRONIC REF E185 .E54 1996 Covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day; presents biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces in over 2,300 articles. First edition available in print; electronic version includes articles from both 1st and 2nd editions.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage -- PRINT REF E185 .A455 2000 Brief articles on history, politics, culture, and the people and places significant oto Arrican Americans and African heritage.
  • Encyclopedia of African American Society -- ELECTRONIC Overviews of important people, concepts, and events related to African American society.
  • best resource Encyclopedia of Black Studies -- ELECTRONIC Brief overviews of topics and concepts of interest to Black Studies -- from Africology to the Yoruba Tradition. Each article contains a list of books and articles suggested for "Further Reading."
  • The Routledge Atlas of African American History -- PRINT REF E185 .E125 2000 Provides brief overviews of significant themes and events in African American history, such as "The African Past," "Nat Turner's Rebellion," "Buffalo Soldiers and the Indian Wars," "Voting Rights," and "The Harlam Renaissance." Each article accompanied by vicual illustrations including maps and pictures.

Finding Books

Finding Articles

  • best resource America: History and Life -- ELECTRONIC Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Indexes a wide range of historical titles including African American Review, Contributions in Black Studies, and Journal of Black Studies. Can be searched simultaneously with Historical Abstracts (see below).
  • Expanded Academic -- ELECTRONIC Multidisciplinary database covering over 1400 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Date coverage is from 1980 to the present. Titles indexed include Black Collegian, Black Enterprise and Black Political Economy.
  • best resource Historical Abstracts -- ELECTRONIC Historical coverage of the world (excluding the United States and Canada). Titles indexed include African Affairs, African Economic History, and Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research. Can be searched simultaneously with America: History and Life (see above).
  • best resource JSTOR -- ELECTRONIC This full text journal archive includes journals from a broad range of disciplines including education, history, political science, and sociology. Eight journals in African American Studies and nineteen journals in African Studies are indexed.
  • Left Index -- ELECTRONIC Indexes over 774 sources from the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia, including 250 websites. Limited to two concurrent users.
  • best resource Project Muse -- ELECTRONIC Full text journal collection covering 400 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 96 scholarly publishers. Includes ten journals in African Studies such as Africa Today and History in Africa.


Africana Studies Departments/Related Resources

Selected Web Resources

This list includes only a small fraction of useful web resources for this field. More web sites, which have undergone the same selection process, as available in my Pinboard tags on the right-hand side of this research guide.

  • African American History and Culture -- WWW Smithsonian Institution page containing links to online exhibits and other information in the Smithsonian collections related to African American history and culture.
  • African Studies Internet Resources -- WWW High quality site providing links to all the best sites related to the scholarly study of Africa. Maintained by the African Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries.
  • best resource The Black Population in the United States -- WWW Statistical data from the U.S. Census Bureau specifically related to the Black population of the United States.
  • National Council for Black Studies -- WWW The leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world.
  • best resource Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture -- WWW A specialized library within the New York Public Library system, the Shomburg Center is devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
  • best resource African American Museum in Philadelphia -- WWW The first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.

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