AFAMAST 2367.04 - Black Women Writers

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Literature Databases


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Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers

This two volume reference work contains biographies of major African American women dramatists, essayists, journalists, novelists, poets, scholars, and other writers. Each entry contains a biography, a critical review of essential works, and bibliographies.

Literary Reference Center Plus

Comprehensive literary database providing full-text access to reference works, and periodicals. Content includes New Contemporary Literature Titles from Salem Press relating to fantasy/science fiction, contemporary literature, world philosophy, quotations in context, religious literature, and biographies of Nobel literature prize winners.

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature

Literature database provides current and authoritative scholarship in literature and literary studies. The Encyclopedia is comprised of entries from "The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory," "The Encyclopedia of the Novel," "The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction," "The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature," "The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature," and "The Encyclopedia of the Gothic."

Oxford Bibliographies

This bibliographic driven database provides access to annotated research guides in African Studies, Childhood Studies, Latino Studies, Music, Public Health and other humanities/social science research areas.

Cambridge Histories Online

This historical reference compendium provides digital access to the Cambridge Histories series. Titles include: "Cambridge History of Africa," "Cambridge History of African American Literature," "Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature," "Cambridge History of Latin America," and "Cambridge History of South Africa."

EBSCOHost Databases (Literature)

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; Academic Search Premier; Humanities International Complete; Literary Reference Center; Literary Reference Center Plus; and MLA International Bibliography.

International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP)

IIBP includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Coverage is global in scope and multidisciplinary, spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social, and political issues of vital importance to Africana Studies.

Africa Bibliography

The Africa Bibliography is an authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute annually since 1984. This online consolidated version brings together every record collected since the bibliography's foundation, producing a rich and interactive resource for all scholars interested in the study of Africa.

Corpus de la Littérature Francophone de l'Afrique Noire

The Corpus is a full text collection covering French speaking Sub-Saharan Africa, from Benin to Togo. Database includes written texts and oral literature collected by missionaries, academics, administrators and military personnel that appeared in anthologies and ephemera such as parish bulletins and school report books. The literature includes novels, short stories, plays, proverbs and riddles, fables, myths and poems come from over twenty countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española

The Bibliography of Spanish Literature provides access to works appearing in books, journals, and conference proceedings on subject areas including literary theory, literary genres, and popular literature.