Journals and databases for researching Black history and scholarship

February is African Heritage Month and Black History Month, but we know research about Black history and scholarship isn’t confined to one month of the year. The SMU Library has resources to support your research on these topics year round.

The SMU Library subscribes to many journals in the subject area of African and Black history and scholarship. As a SMU student, staff or faculty member all of these resources are available to you! Not sure what a journal is? Scholarly journals publish articles that will help you with your research. Watch a SMU Library tutorial or read an overview of scholarly journal characteristics to learn more.

The Library also subscribes to databases with significant African and Black scholarship and historical content you may be interested in:


To find journals, visit the Library homepage and click “Journals A-Z”. Once on this page you can search for journals in multiple ways, including:

  • Search for journals using keywords from journal titles
    • In the search bar, enter keywords and phrases related to the area of study, for example: “Black”, “African”, or “African American”
    • Enter full titles to find known journals, for example: “African Journal of Legal Studies”
    • Suggested journal titles will automatically populate as you type keywords
    • Follow on-screen instructions to access journal articles
  • Browse for journals by subject area or keyword in BrowZine

Good luck with your research — you’ve got this! For help finding and using databases, journals and articles, contact the Research Help team: 

Phone: 902-420-5544

Text: 902-702-3057

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