Reference texts, like encyclopedias, directories, and dictionaries, can be starting points for research on a person or topic. Below are some titles for Black World Studies that can be found in Beeghly Library.
Black World Studies Digital Reference
Africana by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Editor); Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
Ninety years after W.E.B. Du Bois first articulated the need for "the equivalent of a black Encyclopedia Britannica," Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr., realized his vision by publishing Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience in 1999. This new, greatly expanded edition of the original work broadens the foundation provided by Africana.
The Encyclopedia of African-American Writing by Grey House Publishing Staff
A timely survey of an important sector of American letters, The Encyclopedia of African-American Writing covers the role and influence of African American cultural leaders, from all walks of life, from the 18th century to the present. Readers will explore what inspired various African-American writers to create poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays, opinion pieces and numerous other works, and how those writings contributed to culture in America today.
Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora by Carole Boyce-Davies (Editor); Carole Elizabeth Boyce Davies (Editor)
The authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African Diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries. * More than 500 A-Z entries * Contributions from hundreds of leading scholars * Maps showing key locations in the African Diaspora