African Studies

Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students

Alternative Titles
Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students (GVRL)
Description
Based on the scholarship in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Africa, aimed at college and graduate students, this work presents Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and from prehistoric times to the present day, in a format accessible to high school students. This set spans many disciplines, covering animals, foods, holidays and festivals, tribal groups, ecology, music and art, trade and economy, geography, religion, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries. Included as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Prehistory to the present day.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9687
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Black Drama

Description

NOTE: a newer version of this product, Black Drama: Second Edition, is available here: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/1078898.

Black Drama contains the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 100 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. James Vernon Hatch, the playwright, historian, and curator of the landmark Hatch-Billops Collection of black drama, is the project’s editorial advisor. More than a quarter of the collection will consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Femi Euba, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture; to protest injustices; to project emerging images of the new Black; and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity.

The database covers key writings of the Harlem Renaissance, works performed for the Federal Theatre Project, and plays by critically acclaimed dramatists of the 1940s. The collection includes musical comedies, domestic dramas, folk dramas, history plays, anti-slavery plays, one-act plays, and other works. Many were published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, others have never before been published or performed.

Students and scholars will have immediate access to plays addressing a wide range of struggles and triumphs, including migration to Northern cities, mothers’ keeping families together, exploitation by white land owners, interracial unity, racial violence, civil rights activism, and the black war hero.

Included are the plays of Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Ira Aldridge, Shirley Graham, W.E.B. DuBois, William Wells Brown, Owen Dodson, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Randolph Edmonds, Angelina Weld Grimke, Georgia Douglas Johnson, May Miller, Willis Richardson, Eulalie Spence, and others.

In addition, the collection covers the Black Arts movement of the sixties and seventies and works performed by the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS), The Negro Ensemble Company, and other companies.

The plays explore themes including civil rights, desegregation, and a wide range of ideologies – integrationist and separatist, revolutionary and nationalist. While the collection is strong in social and political drama, it also covers domestic drama and satires.

The collection includes works by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Ed Bullins, Phillip Hayes Dean, Ted Shine, Aishah Rahman, Paul Carter Harrison, James Baldwin, Rita Dove, Charles Fuller, Ron Milner, Sonia Sanchez, Melvin Van Peebles, Joseph Walker, Richard Wesley, and many others. Dozens of never-before-published works are included.

This collection also brings together a wide collection of plays from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. It includes works by writers such as David Edgecombe, Una Marson, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jimmi Makotsi, Femi Osofisan, Yulisa Amadu Maddy, Duro Lapido, ‘Zulu Sofola, H.I.E Dhlomo, Gus Edwards, Fatima Dike, Alan Paton, Ama Ata Aidoo, Francis D. Imbuga, Joe Coleman de Graft, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Richard Moore Rive, and many others. Dozens of plays in the collection have never been published before. Other works are long out-of-print or hard-to-find.

The plays deal with the social and political ills stemming from colonialism, slavery, and apartheid; the struggle for independence; African history; and neo-colonialism. Of particular interest is material written as “township theatre” in South Africa under apartheid and the development of black grassroots urban theatre. White Africans are included when they are key writers whose works address important black issues.

 

 

Type
Text Collection
Coverage
mid-1800s to present
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9639
Access
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ARTstor

Alternative Titles
ART Stor, ARTStore, ART Store
Description

The ARTstor Digital Library provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences, and includes an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more. All University of Michigan community members may search and view images; ARTstor requires registration to download images and use the software tools.

 

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9539
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Humanities and Social Sciences Index (with Abstracts and Full Text)

Alternative Titles
Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective
Humanities Abstracts, Humanities Full Text, Humanities Index
Social Sciences Abstracts, Social Sciences Full Text, Social Sciences Index
HSSI, HSSFT, HSSR, HSSIR, HFT, SSFT, SSA, HA, SSI, HI
Description

Combines Wilson's Humanities Abstracts and Social Science Abstracts into a single file with Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective.  Provides indexing of over 1,500 periodicals across all humanities and social sciences fields, including:  Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Evironmental studies, Ethics, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontoloy,, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science. Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Studies.  Full text is included for many articles since 1994.

Type
Article Index
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
1907 - (Indexing); 1984 - (Abstracts); 1994 - (Selected full text)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9523
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FRANCIS (International Humanities and Social Studies)

Alternative Titles
Bulletin signaletique
Description

Provides indexing and abstracts of books and articles from over 4,200 European-language journals in the humanities and social sciences--especially in religion, history of art, literature, philosophy, and economics.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1984 -
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9477
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Africana

Description

Africana is a database of Africana materials acquired by one or more of 18 participating U.S. institutions. Eighteen institutions (including Columbia, Howard, Library of Congress, Yale, etc.) participated in the AFRICANA file, which was maintained by Northwestern University's Africana Library. The database is no longer being updated.

Type
Article Index
Catalog
Database
Coverage
1978-1996
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9269
Access
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
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Oxford University Press Online Journals

Description
Provides full-text access to recent volumes of scholarly journals in all subject areas published by Oxford University Press.
Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
1996 - (Varies by journal title)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9217
Access
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Web of Science (All Databases)

Alternative Titles
ISI Web of Knowledge, WoK
Description

Provides cross-search of multiple databases: Web of Science Core Collection (including Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Book, and Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes), BIOSIS Previews, Chinese Science Citation Database, Current Contents Connect (tables of contents), Data Citation Index, MEDLINE, and Zoological Record.  Also provides links (at top edge) to Journal Citation Reports, and (under "Additional Resources" at lower left) to Index to Organism Names and Science Watch.

Type
Search Engine
Coverage
1900 - (Varies by database.)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/9187
Mobile Version
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LexisNexis Academic

Alternative Titles
Academic Universe, Lexis-Nexis, Lexis Nexis, Lexis/Nexis, LN, LNA
Description

Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, including hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers, legal and business publications, wire services, broadcast media transcripts, and trade/news magazines.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1980 - (but varies by title) Over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8817
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NewsBank

Alternative Titles
News Bank
Description
Access to 11 databases from NewsBank, Inc., including: Access World News [full text newspapers, 1990s-present]; AccessUN [index of United Nations documents, 1944-present]; Archive of Americana, combining America's Historical Newspapers with Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800) and Series II. Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819) [digitized American books 1639-1819]; Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and Electronic Index [translated from foreign language news sources, 1974-1996]; Hispanic American Newspapers; and World Newspaper Archive, combining America's Historical Newspapers with Latin American Newspapers.
Type
Search Engine
Coverage
Varies by database.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8795
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