Africana Studies 115G: Black Consciousness

Professor Anthony Van Der Meer
Reference Librarian:

This course will examine the development of Black consciousness in the 20th century. The social, economic, cultural, and political implications of Black consciousness will be explored. The impact of Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights/Black Power movement, The Nation of Islam and The Black Arts Movement on the development of Black consciousness will also be examined.

° Library Basics
° Research Basics Tutorial
°Guidelines for Evaluating Information
° Scholarly Journals
° Citing Sources

Background Information

Oxford African American Studies Center
  • Contains articles on the African American experience including biographies, history, art, music, and literature.

Gale Virtual Reference Collection

Journal Articles

Frequently referred to as the invisible or deep web -- as opposed to the free web -- Healey library's subscription databases provide highly selective coverage of journals, magazines, newspapers, statistical data, and more. A list of all the library's databases is available on the Databases & Indexes page. If you are searching from off campus, you will be prompted for your last name and library barcode number.

Academic OneFile
  • Articles from a broad array of research journals and reference sources.
  • Provides full text coverage to the New York Times from 1995 to the present.
  • Search tip: Use an asterisk (*) after a word to pull up all of its variations. For example, Afric* will find the words Africa, African, Africans and Africana.

Academic Search Premier
  • A large multidisciplinary database, which indexes and abstracts scholarly journals and popular magazines
  • Many articles in full text
  • For help, view the tutorial Basic Searching for Academic Libraries.
  • Search tip: Use an asterisk (*) after a word to pull up all of its variations. For example, Afric* will find the
  • words Africa, African, Africans and Africana
  • Full text Scholarly journals dating back to the 19th century
  • Covers African-American studies, Economics, Language, Sociology, and more
  • For help using JSTOR, view the JSTOR Tutorial
  • Will NOT INLCUDE the most recent 3 to five years of any journal--It is a full text archive of older issues
  • Search tip: Use the number symbol (#) after a word to pull up all of its variations. For example, Afric# will find the words Africa, African, Africans and Africana.

Project MUSE
  • Current scholarly journals from 1993 to present; all full text
  • Similar coverage as JSTOR
  • For help using Project MUSE, view the Project Muse Tutorial


Ethnic Newswatch
  • A full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press
  • Provides access to alternative and overlooked perspectives
  • Does not include the Bay State Banner

Massachusetts Newsstand
  • Access to a number of Massachusetts newspapers, from the 1990's to the present including the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

**New York Times**
  • Full text of New York Times from 1985 to present
New York Times1851-2004


UMass Boston WorldCat
· Customized to provide Healey Library locations and call numbers AND connect directly to Interlibrary Loan request form for items not at Healey
· Combined catalogs of libraries around the world.
· Largest bibliographic database.

Google Books

Indexes the full text of millions of books from library collections of research institutions
If you find a book title that looks useful, get it by running the title through **UMass Boston WorldCat**


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