Pan African Studies 346: Contemporary Black Female Writers: Electronic Resources

Locating Periodicals

Periodical Indexes/Databases

For the purposes of your assignment you will need to access the following databases:


Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center integrates biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every time period and literary discipline from numerous Gale directories. It covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers. New and updated material is added quarterly.

Note: You may also find these databases to be helpful in working to complete your research assignment.

MLA Bibliography indexes literature, linguistic sources 1963-

1963 to present.

Provides over one million citations for items from journals and series published worldwide.
Indexes books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.
Contains in each record a bibliographic citation for a journal article, book, or other item including information about the libraries that own the library resources. Now includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals, which provides full information on more than 4,000 journals and series in the MLA International Bibliography Master List of Periodicals.

Academic Search Elite (EBSCOHost)

Provides full text for nearly 1,850 periodicals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,237 periodicals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study, including communication studies. Allows limiting search results to peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Book Review Digest Plus

Book Review Digest Plus indexes around periodicals which include reviews of English language fiction and nonfiction books. The database can be searched by subject, title, author, etc. The records do not indicate whether the review is favorable or unfavorable, but some records do include abstracts which may give you an idea of the opinion of the reviewer. It should be noted that the majority of the reviews indexed do not come from scholarly, academic journals. A complete list of the indexed journals is available from the link above.

General Reference Center Gold (Gale)

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images.

InfoTrac OneFile (Gale)

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access over 9,000 scholarly journals, and general interest news magazines and newspapers - over half contain full text and images. Browse subjects using the Subject Guide or search keywords using the Advanced Search. Coverage is from 1980 to the present. Allows limiting search results to ("refereed") scholarly journals.


MetaSearch allows you to: Determine which Library databases are recommended for Communication Studies and other subjects; link to librarians' guides to doing research in particular subject areas; search one to eight Library databases using a common interface; simultaneously search across different databases for interdisciplinary topics and/or resources in various formats (e.g., journals, books, newspapers, etc.); search for electronic journals by title; and create a personalized list of your favorite databases and e-journals.