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African American Literature


Getting Started

First Steps

If one is beginning to research a topic pertaining to African American literature about which one knows relatively little, the database Literature Resource Center might be particularly useful. Literature Resource Center provides up-to-date criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications, Web sites, periodical articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works, and reading lists on over 135,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The database contains more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines. African American authors and relevant topics are well represented.


This Guide is intended to help identify online resources for both basic and advanced research in African American literature.

Remember: it is always advisable to consult the BC Libraries' Catalog and the Online Databases page to locate appropriate resources.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Subject Specialist for English, Brendan Rapple (617-552-4482;


Brendan Rapple
Room 414
O'Neill Library
Boston College

Ph: 617 5524482



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