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Africana Studies Research Guide

Use this guide to start your research in African American studies, African diasporic studies, African history and contemporary issues, Caribbean Studies, and more.

Researching Africana Studies

Welcome to the Africana Studies research guide. This guide brings together resources for starting your research in the following subject areas:

  • African American studies
  • African diasporic studies
  • African history and contemporary issues
  • Caribbean Studies
Please contact your Africana Studies subject librarians for assistance! We are happy to help and we also research Africana Studies topics ourselves. We can help you:
This page is a work in progress and we are developing more pages on African History, Religious Studies and Theology, Activism, and Women & Gender Studies, though these topics are already touched upon through the sources throughout this guide. If you would like to make a suggestion or for us to prioritize work in a particular topic area, please reach out.

New Primary Source Databases in Africana Studies!

Screenshot of a database. Text reads, "African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and Protest, 1883-1922. Crucial documents covering the lives of African Americans during the rise of segregation and Jim Crow."

Based on suggestions from Africana Studies faculty, the library subscribed to the following databases in December 2020. Please contact one of the Africana Studies librarians if you would like a demo or assistance using any of these databases.

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Getting Started

Search keywords in the following sources to define your research question and gather key background information. As you browse the topic overviews in the following sources, be on the lookout for important keywords (names, places, events, etc.) relevant to the heart of your developing research question. You may also notice references and bibliographies to specific books and articles for continuing your reading.