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Research Methods in Pan African Studies (PAS 37010)

This page (http://www.library.kent.edu/pas37010) is designed to give a general introduction to some of the resources available to you. As you begin to focus on your own research topic, please feel free to set up an appointment with me for research assistance specific to your needs.

Scholarly Articles

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Locating Scholarly Journal Articles by Topic

Keep in mind that there are many other databases available, some of which may better cover the specific topic in which you are interested.

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International Index to Black Periodicals
Content of this resource is from more than 150 international scholarly and popular periodicals in Black Studies and contains full-text coverage of 40 core Black Studies periodicals. This database is interdisciplinary and includes art, cultural criticism, economics, education, health, history, language and literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.

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Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes
Subsection of the Aluka online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. Focuses on high-quality visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites.

Aluka
An online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, Aluka includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides. One of the site's primary objectives is to provide African scholars and students with access to scholarly materials originally from Africa.

America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Provides a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Anthropology Plus
Anthropology Plus combines the Anthropological Literature (from Harvard University) with the Anthropological Index (from the Royal Anthropological Institute). Gives extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

eHRAF World Cultures
A systematically organized collection of thousands of full-text books and articles on cultures from all regions of the world; provides information on particular cultures, ethnic groups, or immigrant groups, their beliefs and superstitions, or subjects such as political structure, architecture, kinship units, or settlement patterns. The information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups.

Historical Abstracts (1967 - Current)
Contains references about the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

JSTOR
Offers full-text of back-runs of core journals in African American Studies, including African American Review and Callaloo. Coverage starts with the first issue of most titles and usually goes until 3-5 years of the present.

Polling the Nations
Contains the full text of 400,000 questions and responses from 14,000 surveys/public opinion polls conducted from 1986-present in the U.S. and 80 other countries.

PsycINFO - Current File (1967 - Current)
Use this resource to locate journal articles dealing with social psychology and to focus research on psychological topics to an African American population.

Social Sciences Citation Index (1980 - Current)
Once you find a good article, you can use this resource to discover other articles that have cited the one you located. Not the best tool for topic searching.

SocINDEX
Use this resource to locate journal articles dealing with society and to focus research on sociological topics to an African American or black population.

Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa
Subsection of the Aluka online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. Consists of more than 180,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.

Selected Scholarly Journals in Pan African Studies

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African Diaspora: transnational journal of culture, economy & society
an electronic journal available in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC). Connect through KentLINK, through the EJC or through the Journal Finder.

African Identities
an electronic journal available in the Academic Search Complete database. Connect through KentLINK, through Academic Search Complete or through the Journal Finder.

Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies
an electronic journal available in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC). Connect through KentLINK, through the EJC or through the Journal Finder.

Journal of African American Studies
an electronic journal available in the International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text database. Connect through that database, through KentLINK, or through the Journal Finder.

Philosophia Africana: analysis of philosophy and issues in Africa and the Black diaspora
an electronic journal available in the Academic Search Complete database. Connect through KentLINK, through Academic Search Complete or through the Journal Finder.

Determining if a journal is peer-reviewed

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Contains information on currently published as well as discontinued periodicals. Includes magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, conference proceedings, and electronic publications.

Determining if a journal is available in full-text online

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Use this tool to determine the availability of online or print journals available at Kent State, as well as online titles available through OhioLINK.

Tests and Measurements:

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Selected Print Resources

Becoming Black: creating identity in the African diaspora
check KentLINK for location and availability.

Black Europe and the African diaspora
check KentLINK for location and availability.

Gendering the African diaspora : women, culture, and historical change in the Caribbean and Nigerian hinterland
check KentLINK for location and availability.

New African Diasporas
check KentLINK for location and availability.

Reversing Sail: a history of the African diaspora
check KentLINK for location and availability.

Routes of Passage: rethinking the African diaspora
check KentLINK for location and availability.

The African diaspora in the United States and Canada at the dawn of the 21st century
check KentLINK for location and availability.

Locating Other Books

When looking for books by topic, start with a KEYWORD search. This allows you to search in multiple fields in the record and for multiple terms in one search. For example, if you were looking for books on the impact of African Americans on television, you could try this search: (blacks or afro americans or african americans) and television

The OhioLINK Library Catalog is the database of all books and other materials owned by the 85 public and private colleges and universities that are OhioLINK member libraries. For any item not available at KSU, it is possible to request the item online and have it sent to any KSU library or another OhioLINK institution for pick up.

WorldCat
Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.

Electronic Books

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Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK)
Contains thousands of scholarly and reference e-books in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Electronic Reference Books (ABC-CLIO)
Full-text collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical works, guides, and more in most subjects, from the educational reference publisher, ABC-CLIO.

These titles are now included in the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center.


Humanities E-book
Produced by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Humanities E-book is a digital collection of over 1500 full-text titles, including most humanities disciplines and area studies. This is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access available 24/7.

Full-text, searchable versions of many Oxford reference dictionaries and encyclopedias in history.

Oxford Scholarship Online
Contains the full text of important scholarly books from Oxford University Press. Coverage includes both classic and newly-published works in the humanities and social sciences. Subject collections are available in Economics & Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. New books are added regularly.

Sharpe Online Reference - all titles
Includes full-text, searchable versions of seven reference encyclopedias: Colonial America; Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age; Postwar America; Encyclopedia of American Folklife; Encyclopedia of American Social Movements; Social Issues in America. These titles can be searched simultaneously or reviewed individually.

Selected Free Web Resources

Included are some in-depth articles, a listing to other sites of value and links to selected full-text articles. This site is produced and maintained by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs (usinfo.state.gov).

Site which serves as an online exhibit of the Library of Congress' Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture.

Provided by Columbia University, this subject guide focuses on online primary sources in African American Studies.

American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

A project of the Kenyon College Rural Life Center, this is a digitized collection of photographs, documents, and other artifacts relating to the Black community life and experience in Knox County, Ohio.

Selected materials from the Schomburg Center. Includes digitized images from the collections, online exhibits and information about the collections of the Schomburg Center.