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African American Studies

Think about what disciplines could be researching your topic. Explore more database options by selecting appropriate subject areas for your topic.

Multidisciplinary - Top Databases

Here are some good options for article databases covering multiple subject areas.
  • Academic Search Complete

    Covers all subject areas.  Has a mix of magazines and journals, including many that are peer-reviewed.

  • Google Scholar

    Search specifically for scholarly literature.  To access the full-text to which the University Libraries subscribes, from Google Scholar
    - Select Settings
    - Click Library Links then enter University of South Carolina
    - Select University of South Carolina - Columbia-USC - FullText@USC Columbia
    - Click Save

    The Chrome browser does not display USC Columbia e-text options for times cited by Web of Science. Take a look at our Google and Google Scholar guide for some advanced searching tips.

  • American Periodicals Series Online, 1741-1940

    Contains periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals. This resource was acquired by University Libraries with generous contributions from the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC-Columbia.


    Full-text of back issues of more than 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Issues are entered on-line after having been published for 2-5 years.

  • Web of Science

    Indexes thousands of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Also has cited reference searching and ways to refine and analyze your search results. Includes three indexes: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 to present), Science Citation Index Expanded (1899 to present). 

    Note:  Previously our subscription began social sciences coverage in 1956. Coverage now extends back to 1900 in the social sciences. 

    Besides the subject citation databases, the Web of Science Core Collection also includes: Book Citation Index (2005 to present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

Databases Focused on African Americans

  • African American Biographical Database

    Brings together biographies, rare books, and historical information on thousands of African-Americans. From 1790-1950.

  • Black Drama

    Over 1,000 plays with information on related productions, theaters, and production companies.  The over 200 playwrights are from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

  • Black Studies in Video

    Racial justice and diversity films. Features access to the SNCC Legacy Video Collection, a series of formal addresses, panel discussions and programs that took place at a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

  • Black Thought and Culture

    Includes full-text of non-fiction published works of leading African Americans and access to interviews, journal articles, and other material of 20th century topics, including politics, religion, history and sports.

  • Black Women Writers

    With over 100,000 pages of fiction, poetry, and essays, Black Women Writers brings together the many voices of African, African American, and African Diaspora women.

  • Oxford African American Studies Center

    Thousands of scholarly encyclopedia articles, from titles like Encyclopedia of African American History, Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, and African American National Biography.

  • Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

    Essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. Includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

  • Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice

    Brings together thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, and images from 1490-2007 documenting key aspects of the history of slavery worldwide.