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Black History... Beyond the Month of February
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Picture of Madam C.J. Walker, c. 1914

Madam C.J. Walker, c. 1914
Photograph courtesy of A'Lelia Bundles/Walker Family Collection
“Places Where Women Made History”, National Park Service, 16 Jan 2008.

Little known Black History facts may be found in resources including print books, journals, and reference databases. This is a quick guide to selected sources of information on African Americans available in the URI Libraries. You can search for specific information by author, title, keyword or a subject search in the HELIN Library Catalog using Subject Headings such as:

  • African American Art
  • African Americans History
  • African American Authors
  • African Americans Poetry
  • African American Inventors
  • African Americans Sports

Selected Bibliography:

African American History
URI Reference E185 .A25355 2006 3 volumes

African American Lives
URI Reference E185.96 .A446 2004

Black Firsts : 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events
URI Reference E185 .B574 2003

Black Women in America
URI Reference E185.86 .B542 2005 3 volumes

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
URI Reference E185 .E545 2006 3 volumes

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion
URI Reference E447 .E53 2007 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad
URI Reference E450 .H855 2006

The New York Public Library African American Desk Reference
URI Reference E185 .N49 1999

Notable Black American Men
URI Reference E185.86 .N68 1998

Notable Black American Scientists
URI Reference Q141 .N726 1999


Electronic Indexes and Resources:

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
Provides full text for nearly 4,650 periodicals, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. Covers academic areas of study such as social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. Updated daily. Coverage varies by publication, but generally covers the early-to-mid 1990s to present.

America: History and Life (ABC-CLIO)
Indexing and abstracts of journal articles and other materials on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. 1964-.

Art Abstracts (WilsonWeb)
Indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Besides art and art history, topics include antiques, architecture, fashion, interior design, textiles, and more. Also indexed are reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins.

ArticleFirst (FirstSearch)
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals. 1990-.

Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCOhost)
Comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing. It has been designed for use by a diverse audience that includes film scholars, college students, and general viewers. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. 1988-.

Grove Music Online
A comprehensive, integrated online music resource containing articles, biographies, and musical examples on all types of music.

JSTOR is an online archive of back runs of core scholarly journals in many disciplines. JSTOR provides high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. Because of JSTOR’s archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

LexisNexis Academic
News, law, and business information service. Includes news from national and international newspapers; wire services and articles from hundreds of periodicals; and a number of other reference sources. All sources are full-text.

Literature Resource Center (InfoTrac)
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

Music Index Online (Harmonie Park Press)
Indexes more than 670 international music periodicals. Covers broad range of subjects, including past and present personalities, the history of music, forms and types of music, musical instruments, plus computer produced music. Book reviews and reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances are also indexed. 1979-.

Indexing and abstracts of journal articles and books in psychology, including applied psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. 1806-.

Social Services Abstracts (CSA)
Abstracts and indexes current research in social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Covers journals, including book reviews, plus dissertations. 1979-.

Theater in Video (Alexander Street Press)
Provides streaming video of over 250 plays and 100 film documentaries. Includes performances featuring notable actors and actresses from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.


Online Resources

African American History Month
The Library of Congress celebrates Black History month each year highlighting a theme and the many contributions of African Americans throughout U. S. history.

African-American Odyssey
This Library of Congress exhibition showcases the Library’s African American collections, from slavery to sports.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Founders of Black History Month, the mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

Black Facts Online
A searchable database that allows you to look up Black history facts for every day of the year.

Black Inventors Online Museum
This website takes a look at the great and often unrecognized pioneers in the field of invention and innovation.

The Black Population in the United States
A U. S. Census document, this report presents data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the Black population in the United States.

Black Voices
A fun mix of entertainment, news, politics, history, culture and much more.
The title describes it all! An effective site to find any and everything Black online.

Jazz Central Station
This website contains useful links to many jazz artists as well as provides links to other jazz resources.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A project of the Smithsonian Institute this website contains links to topics relevant to African Americans and also lists resources and exhibitions.

Our Shared History – African American Heritage
The National Parks Service provides links to African American national park sites, information on the Underground Railroad, resources for teaching and additional sites of interest.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library Schomburg Center “is a national research library devoted to preserving and providing access to resources collecting, documenting the history and experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.”

W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
Named after the first African American to received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1895, this website provides links to current research projects, fellows program and other research databases. A project of Harvard University.


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Prepared by:
I. D. McGhee, MLS
Reference Librarian
January 2008

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