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African American Studies

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Ethnic NewsWatch

newspapers, magazines & journals of the ethnic, minority and native press

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Academic Search Complete

scholarly and peer-reviewed journals - a good choice for most topics

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America: History & Life with Full Text

history & culture of U. S. and Canada from prehistory to the present

American History Online

history of U.S. from selected reference sources & documents (no current journal articles)

Find Books and eBooks - African Tribes

Watch Films - African American Studies

African Studies - Kanopy

Documentaries and feature films about African studies topics, including African cinema, politics, wildlife, and more.

Race & Class Studies - Kanopy

Documentaries and feature films about identity, portrayals of race in the media, and more.

African American Studies - Academic Video Online (AVON)

Streaming video from well-known producers like PBS, BBC, History, and more.

African American Studies - Films on Demand

Watch acclaimed documentaries and award-winning educational films.

Black Public Media

Black Public Media (BPM) develops, produces, funds, and distributes media content about the African American and global Black experience.

Find Books and eBooks - Harlem Renaissance

Internet Resources - African American Studies

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is based in San Francisco Bay Area and plays a vital role in the local arts community. MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - New York Public Library

Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience 24/7. Users worldwide can find, in this virtual Schomburg Center, exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Slave Voyages

The Trans-Atlantic and Intra-American slave trade databases are the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world. This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them.

Umbra Search: African American History

A digital platform that brings together content documenting African American history and culture in order to enable the creation of new works—research projects, scholarship, curricula, art of all kinds—that illuminate parts of our history that have not been enough broadly accessible. Through partnerships, open data, and technology, Umbra works against centuries of loss and erasure to expand the historical record for students, scholars, and the general public.

Names Matter - African American | People of Color | Negro

Students who are researching topics in the area of African American Studies might find it challenging, because the names and terms that are used to describe people in the United States whose African ancestors were kidnapped and imported to this country as slaves have changed over time and continue to evolve. For many years, librarians have acknowledged the biased legacy of the systems and tools that we use to facilitate access to the knowledge that our libraries contain, tools such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) which name and identify groups of people for the sake of providing access for searching, or the LCC (Library of Congress Classification) which encodes our books so that related works are shelved next to each other. Some scholars might find the terms and tools used in the Library Catalog to describe topics related to African American Studies problematic or inaccurate, or sometimes even offensive. While your CCC Librarians remain committed to social responsibility along with the rest of our profession, we also possess a legacy where the very tools and systems used to promote knowledge and access to information are inevitably shaped by the biases of the scholars who came before us.

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