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AFAM 480: Senior Colloquium: African American Studies: Home

This guide is intended for students in AFAM 480, Senior Colloquium: African American Studies, taught by Professor Elizabeth Hinton in Fall 2023 and provides an overview of key resources in the Yale Library for writing your senior essays this year.

Yale Library Search Tools

The main search tools for finding books, articles, databases, archival collections, and more at Yale (and beyond) can all be found on the "Find, Request, and Use" page of the library's website. Here are a few quick refreshers, but be sure to visit the page for a full overview:

Background sources

Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start in building your bibliographies. These are scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, bibliographies, and similar sources that will often contain lengthy essays with background information on a topic and overviews of the relevant scholarship. Citations to the secondary literature will always be included, and often so too will citations to primary sources.

ProQuest Black Studies

This resource brings together many reference as well as primary and secondary sources. Includes collections of Black historical newspapers, archival primary source collections such as the Papers of the NAACP, academic journals, video content, and the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience.

Oxford African American Studies Center

Comprehensive collection of scholarship focused on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics across varied subject areas. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies can be browsed by subject area and searched by keyword. Subject areas include African American Studies, African Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Literary and Critical Theory, Political Science, Sociology, and more. 

Oxford Handbooks Online

Includes numerous handbooks, usually with lengthy chapter overviews of topics. A few examples of titles that are part of this collection are The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology, The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present, and The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias:

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion