Africana Studies

A Guide to African, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora Resources

Oxford African American Studies Center

Oxford African American Studies Center  A digital compendium of historical and cultural Africa, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora resources. 

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Africana Film and Cinema

The Black Film Center/Archive

Librarian's Choice

“The Black Film Center/Archive [BFCA] was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions.”

From BFCA Home Page

Welcome to the African American and African Studies Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning.  Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.                                                                                          Leta Hendricks


Research Databases


EBSCOHost Databases (Film)   A multi-interdisciplinary suite of databases covering the arts, humanities, law, life and health sciences, social sciences, science and technology. Databases contain content from popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, documents, books, reports, conference proceedings, and other digital media. Features Open Cluster Searching. Select Academic Search Complete, Africa-Wide Information,  Alternative Press Index, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Humanities International Complete, Film & Television Literature Index, Race Relations Abstracts, Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982, and The Nation Archive.

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)   FIAF's main objectives are to recover, restore, screen, and preserve films. The FIAF is also a scholarly repository articles and documents relating to film history. This database features the “International Index to Film Periodicals” and the  "Treasures from Film Archives."

The Film Literature Index (FLI)   FLI contains international film, television, and media articles from popular, scholarly, and industry related publications, 1976 -2001.

Popular Culture

Pop Culture Universe  Popular culture database contains a diverse interdisciplinary resource covering; arts and visual culture, business and advertising, ethnic and group culture, fashion and appearance, film, food and drink, literature, music, politics, recreation and leisure, religion and spirituality, sports, television and radio, and technology and media.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive  Show business database contains primary resources covering broadcasting, cinema, film, music, radio, stage, television and theatre.  Periodical titles include: Beat, Billboard, Box Office, Melody Maker, Reggae Beat and African Beat, The Stage, Uncut, and Variety.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database   Periodical database provides access to articles about dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and other areas of the entertainment industry.

Film Collections

Streaming Media

The Alexander Street Press digital media materials (text, audio, image, video) are indexed to reflect important search elements of the subject’s collection, allowing for both general searching and advanced, in-depth searching of specific subjects. These multi-layered database utilities include custom clip making, playlist tools, and course pack compatibility.

DocuSeek2 is a collection of documentary and social issues films and videos. Exclusive academic streaming for films from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution.

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation and International Film Festivals.

Swank Digital Campus licenses and distributes content to non-theatrical markets like colleges and universities, K-12 public schools and libraries. Swank provides digital access to  course-related films, movies, and television shows outside the classroom. 


OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons: Educational Films and Documentaries contains Ambrose Video and Films for the Humanities & Sciences educational films covering a variety of subjects which may be streamed or downloaded for classroom use.


Physical Media

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)  Borrow books, multimedia and other materials from 17 branch libraries and 16 partnered libraries.  Register online or at the Thompson Library Circulation Desk for a card in person or online to obtain full access to CML databases and services.                    

OSU Library Catalog  University catalog identifies materials, shows location, and availability of library resources held by OSU Columbus and regional campuses.

OhioLINK Catalog  OhioLINK catalog provides access 123 Ohio libraries, including the State Library of Ohio, materials and collections

WorldCat Global catalog identifies international materials from academic, government, public libraries, and consortiums around the globe interlibrary loan borrowing.

African American and African Studies Librarian and Comparative Studies Librarian

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Leta Hendricks
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