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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

African American Literature: Secondary Sources

Major Journals

Journal of African-American Studies


Ethnic Newswatch

African-American Review

Terms to Know

These are some basic terms that will help to distinguish between the various types of resources made available by the Library.

Primary Source and Secondary Source: a primary source is a subject of direct study, and a secondary source is scholarly work on a primary source.

Examples: the novel Jane Eyre is a primary source, but journal articles and books discussing Jane Eyre are secondary sources.

Full-Text: these resources contain the complete texts of documents (such as journal articles).


Terms to Know Cont.

Bibliography: these resource contain citations for documents (as opposed to documents in full text). You will often be able to click the Discover Full-Text button in resources like this at UIUC, but you may have to find a print copy in the Library's Primo catalog or use Interlibrary Loan.


Reference Source: reference sources are more introductory in nature than secondary scholarship, but may cite useful secondary sources.


Secondary Sources for Black Studies

General Reference Resources