AFRSTY 420: Race, Class, and Political Modernization

An exhaustive treatment of the evolution of the American sociopolitical system and the role and function of African people and Third World nationalities within that system. Special attention is given to the interplay between racial oppression and class exploitation as factors in the political process.

Researching Your Africana Studies Assignment

This is a guide to library resources for Race, Class, and Political Modernization. It should help you as you work on your assignments or want to further explore the subject. For more resources, look at the Africana Studies subject guide page.

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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.
  • For help using Academic OneFile, view the Academic OneFile Tutorial

America: History & Life

  • History of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present
  • Includes dissertations, book citations and reviews
  • For help using America: History & Life, view the EBSCO Tutorials


  • Full text Scholarly journals dating back to the 19th century
  • Covers African America Studies, African Studies, History, and more
  • For help using JSTOR, view the JSTOR Tutorial

Getting Articles

While some databases include the full text of articles, others only provide citations. Citations may include a link or an icon to the full text which will take you to the EBSCO LinkSource page. For help getting an article, follow these steps:


Healey Library Catalog

  • Lists every book (and film, journal, etc.) owned by the library.
  • Search by title, author, subject, or keyword.
  • For help, see the tutorial Finding Books.


  • ebrary contains the full text of more than 10,000 nonfiction books from over 150 academic publishers.
  • The ebrary plug-in reader is required for printing, copying, highlighting text and saving notes.
  • See the ebrary instructions to get started.

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 full text of millions of books from library collections of research institutions
  • Google Books Tutorial

Getting Books

Once you have found out about a book, how do you get a copy?

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