African American Literature Research Guide

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Books                    Electronic Databases                   Web Sites

This guide serves as a brief introduction to the major resources found in the college library. The library has a vast collection of books, journals, videos, and sound recordings, most of which can be found in the online catalog. You can explore these resources when looking for background information or doing research on a particular book or author.

A subject heading or keyword search on African American literature in the online catalog will present many books in the Chesnutt Library.  Titles include:

  • African American literature: an anthology of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.  (Main Stacks PS508.N3 A33 1993)

  • Masterpieces of African American literature.  (Ref PS153.N5 M264 1992)

  • The Norton anthology of African American literature. (Ref PS508.N3 N67 1997)

  • Oxford companion to African American literature.  (Ref/Main Stacks PS153.N5 O96 1997)

The library has several databases for information on African American literature including reviews of specific works and criticism and theory.  

FSU Web access campus or home Academic Search Elite  
(Indexing: 1984+, full-text: 1990+). Indexing and abstracts of scholarly journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education and more.

FSU Web access campus or home African American Poetry  
Nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indexed from 1750 to 1900.

FSU Web access campus or home American Poetry  
(1600 - 1900). Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.

FSU Web access campus or home American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography  
A collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States compiled through nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

FSU Web access campus or home Ebscohost

FSU Web access campus or home Master File Premier  
Provides full text for over 1,770 general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals.

FSU Web access campus or home NCLIVE  
A core group of reference and research materials online in the form of full-text electronic information and indexes.

JSTOR An electronic database with a reliable and comprehensive archive of scholarly journal literature covering many disciplines.

Check out the following web sites on African American literature:


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