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African American Literature Subject Guide: Library Databases


African American literature encompasses literary works in various genres by individuals of African American descent, dating back to the18th century.  This literature reflects the African American experience and often explores difficult issues that African Americans have had to deal with, including racism, social inequality, slavery and the fight for freedom.  This guide is intended to serve as an introduction to the resources contained in the library’s collection of African American literature.

African American Literature

The following resources are subject specific, covering a broad range of materials such as journal articles, newspaper, multimedia and more. Use the tabs above for resources of a specific type. 

If you're looking for a specific journal by title, check the library's Journal Locator tool to see if we have a subscription. 

Journals Articles

The Black Literature Collection at the Library in the Monninger Center contains first editions of books written by authors of African descent.  Begun by Dr. James Fraser in the late 1980's, the Black Literature Collection contains 489 titles with materials dating back to 1888.

Access to the Black Literature Collection as well as other non-circulating collections at the library are by appointment only. 

Other Useful Databases

While not subject specific, these databases may be useful for finding additional resources.

Off Campus Access

Remote (off campus) access to the FDU databases is available only to FDU students, faculty, and staff.

To access a database from off campus, select it from the library's A-Z Databases List. You will be prompted for your FDU NET ID and password. Upon verification you will be given access to the database. 


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