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AFAM 391 / AMST 420 / ENGL 391: Another Country: James Baldwin's Novels: Home

This guide is intended for students in Professor Jacqueline Goldsby's course and provides an overview of key resources in the Yale Library for studying James Baldwin's writings, life, and literary career.

Finding Resources Beyond Yale (union catalogs)

Archive Grid contains records for finding aids from over 1000 archival institutions. Start here when you are seeking to discover if there are any relevant archival collections for your research beyond Yale. The "Summary View" option is a good way to filter your search results after running a search. This is an open access resource/no login required.

Local Catalog and Discovery Tools

Historical Newspapers and Periodicals

America: History and Life

Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada and indexes over 2000 historical journals. This is a key resource if you are searching for historical scholarship related to your research project.


Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start your research. Reference works include bibliographies, scholarly encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other sources that provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading.

MLA International Bibliography

The MLA (Modern Language Association) Bibliography is the major index for literary studies; it's udated several times throughout the year. Subjects covered are:

  • Modern literatures
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Linguistics
  • Teaching of language
  • Film, television and theater
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • History of the book
  • Folklore

A helpful way to search the MLA Bibliography is by using the Advanced search interface to run a "Primary Subject Author" and "Primary Subject Work" search.

Library contacts

Carla Baricz, Librarian for Literature in English and Comparative Literature,