Subject Guides: African American Studies

Core Databases

Black Studies Center
Historical and current material for researching the past, present and future of African-Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa itself.  Scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, a periodical index, and more, combined from several resources: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), The Chicago Defender, and the Black Literature Index.

Other Recommended Databases

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

America History & Life
The definitive database for U.S. and Canadian history, indexing journals, books, and dissertations. information about this database

Primary Sources

Slavery & Anti-Slavery
Slavery and Anti-Slavery contains: "Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition" and "Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World." Includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade and the global movement for the abolition of slavery from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Incorporates documents from the United States and Europe, as well as other parts of the world. In addition to newspaper collections and books published in the antebellum era, Slavery and Anti-Slavery contains documents from several archives originally available only on microfilm. Includes 10,761 books, 131 serials, 32 manuscript collections and 377 supreme court records and brief.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. information about this database

Popular Magazine and News Articles

LexisNexis Academic
Includes Ethnic Publications, a file containing selected text from Jet, Ebony, Essense, Black Enterprise, and several African American newspapers. From within LexisNexis, choose Sources > Find a Source > Ethnic Publications.

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.