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
Reference E185 .A25355 2006 3 volumes
Reference E185.96 .A446 2004
Firsts : 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events
Reference E185 .B574 2003
Women in America
Reference E185.86 .B542 2005 3 volumes
of African American History, 1619-1895
Reference E185 .E545 2006 3 volumes
of Slave Resistance and Rebellion
Reference E447 .E53 2007 2 volumes
of the Underground Railroad
Reference E450 .H855 2006
New York Public Library African American Desk Reference
Reference E185 .N49 1999
Black American Men
Reference E185.86 .N68 1998
Black American Scientists
URI Reference Q141 .N726 1999
Indexes and Resources:
Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
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.
History and Life (ABC-CLIO)
and abstracts of journal articles and other materials on the history
of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
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.
of articles from the contents pages of journals. 1990-.
& Television Literature Index (EBSCOhost)
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-.
comprehensive, integrated online music resource containing articles,
biographies, and musical examples on all types of music.
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.
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.
Resource Center (InfoTrac)
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.
Index Online (Harmonie Park Press)
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-.
and abstracts of journal articles and books in psychology, including
applied psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. 1806-.
Services Abstracts (CSA)
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
in Video (Alexander Street Press)
streaming video of over 250 plays and 100 film documentaries.
Includes performances featuring notable actors and actresses from the
50s, 60s, and 70s.
American History Month
Library of Congress celebrates Black History month each year
highlighting a theme and the many contributions of African Americans
throughout U. S. history.
Library of Congress exhibition showcases the Library’s African
American collections, from slavery to sports.
for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
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.
searchable database that allows you to look up Black history facts
for every day of the year.
Inventors Online Museum
website takes a look at the great and often unrecognized pioneers in
the field of invention and innovation.
Black Population in the United States
U. S. Census document, this report presents data on the demographic,
social, and economic characteristics of the Black population in the
fun mix of entertainment, news, politics, history, culture and much
title describes it all! An effective site to find any and everything
website contains useful links to many jazz artists as well as
provides links to other jazz resources.
Museum of African American History and Culture
project of the Smithsonian Institute this website contains links to
topics relevant to African Americans and also lists resources and
Shared History – African American Heritage
National Parks Service provides links to African American national
park sites, information on the Underground Railroad, resources for
teaching and additional sites of interest.
Center for Research in Black Culture
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.”
E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
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.
For further assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk or call (401) 874-2653. Instant Message reference assistance is also available at http://www.uri.edu/library/imlibrarian.html.
I. D. McGhee, MLS