African Studies Databases

Click on any of the headings below to see a list of BU databases and resources in each category. For a full list consult the Databases list.

Africa-specific Information

Africa-Wide Information (formerly: Africa-Wide: NiPAD) BU-px
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Ethhnic NewsWatch 1990+ BU-px

Note: ETHNIC NEWSWATCH is a full-text database of the newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press. The database contains more than 1.1 million articles from more than 260 publications. Searchable in both English and Spanish, it includes more than 237,000 articles in Spanish. Coverage is from 1990 to the present. test

LexisNexis Academic BU-px
LEXISNEXIS ACADEMIC is a full-text database that includes newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, medical and health journals, trade journals, accounting literature, company financial reports, law reviews, statutory and case law, and public opinion polls. The database is international in scope, and includes newspapers in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, and German. Dates of coverage vary depending upon the publication.


Anthropology


Anthropological Index Online 1965+ BU-px
ANTHROPOLOGICAL INDEX ONLINE indexes approximately 900 scholarly journals in the field of anthropology held by The British Museum, Centre for Anthropology, Anthropology Library. Materials are collected in all languages and for all geographical areas. Coverage is from 1957 to the present.

Anthropological Literature BU-px
ANTHROPOLOGICAL LITERATURE is an index to articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology, and religious studies. Updated quarterly, Anthropological Literature indexes articles two or more pages long in nearly 900 journals and monographic works published in English and other European languages. Coverage is from the 19th century to the present.


Art and Architecture


Art Index Full Text 1984+ (Full Text 1997+) BU-px
ART INDEX Full Text is an index to periodicals, yearbooks and museum publications, both domestic and foreign. Book reviews are available in a separate section of the index. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, interior design, landscape architecture and others. Coverage (including Art Index Retrospective) from 1929 to date. Abstracts and Full Text are included from 1997 to date.

Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984 BU-px
ART INDEX RETROSPECTIVE an index to periodicals, yearbooks and museum publications, both domestic and foreign. Book reviews are available in a separate section of the index. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, interior design, landscape architecture and others. Coverage is from 1929 to date (including Art Index Full Text from 1984 to date, with abstracts and full text 1997 to date).

ARTbibliographies Modern 1974+ BU-px
ARTBIBLIOGRAPHIES MODERN indexes and provides abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews covering artists and movements beginning in the late 19th century to the present. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839. Lesser-known artists, performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, graffiti, artists’ books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry, and illustration are included in addition to painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. Coverage is from 1974 with 13,000 new entries added annually. Emphasis on foreign-language publications.

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ARTFL French language texts from the Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language.

Bibliography of the History of Art 1973+ WWW
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HISTORY OF ART covers American and European art from late antiquity to the present. The database indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealers’ catalogs and articles from more than 2500 periodicals. Coverage is from 1973 to date…

Grove Art Online BU-px
GROVE ART ONLINE is an online version of the 34 volume print Dictionary of Art (1996). Comprising more than 45,000 signed articles on the visual arts, it is kept current with quarterly updates and additions. This site also incorporates links to over 130,000 images, searchable by artist, title, dates, location or by keyword.


Economics


EconLit 1969+ BU-px
ECONLIT contains citations to, and selected abstracts of, the international literature in the field of economics. It is produced by the American Economic Association and corresponds to the print Journal of Economic Literature and the Index of Economic Articles. It covers journal articles, dissertations and books, as well as chapters and articles in books and conference proceedings. Topics include economic theory and history; monetary theory and financial institutions; labor economics; international, regional and urban economics and other related subjects. Coverage is from 1969 to date.

EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) BU-px
EIU (ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT) publications; our subscription includes Country Profiles and Country Reports for 48 African and Latin American countries and the following publications: Business Asia, Business China, Business Eastern Europe, Business Europe, Business Latin America, Country Commerce, Country Finance, and Country Monitor. Reports can be searched by title of publication, country and by key word.

International Financial Statistics BU-px
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STATISTICS is a source of financial statistics from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IFS includes data on exchange rates, international interest rates, prices, production and international transactions (including balance of payments) as well as individual country’s government finance and national account data.

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SOURCE OECD is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It comprises 20 book collections by theme, containing all of OECD’s monographs and reports; 24 periodicals; a reference title; and the OECD statistical databases.


Education


Education Full Text 1996+ (abstracts 1983+) BU-px
EDUCATION FULL TEXT is a database that indexes and abstracts articles from more than 400 English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere. English-language books relating to education published in 1995 or later are also indexed. All levels of education, from preschool to adult are covered as are educational administration, evaluation and current issues in education. Abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. Full text coverage begins in January 1996.

ERIC (Education) 1966+ BU-px
ERIC is a bibliographic database sponsored by the US Dept. of Education, corresponding to the print Resources in Education (RIE) and the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). Mugar Library owns a microfiche set of the ERIC documents in RIE. Those citations are distinguished in the database by an accession number beginning with ED. The database covers 1982 to date.


History


Biography and Genealogy Master Index BU-px
BIOGRAPHY AND GENEALOGY MASTER INDEX is a comprehensive index to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in more than 2700 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Historical Abstracts 1969+ BU-px
HISTORICAL ABSTRACTS Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). Indexing is from 1969 to date.

New York Times (Historical) 1851 to 4 years ago BU-px
HISTORICAL NEW YORK TIMES is a full-image archive of the entire historical run of The New York Times, from 1851 to 4 years ago. Every word appearing in the New York Times for this period is indexed, including those found in display and classified ads, comics and cartoons as well as editorials. Full page in-context pdf images as well as individual item pdf images are available.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database WWW
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Literature and Languages


Contemporary Literary Criticism BU-px
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select provides excerpts from critical works on most major twentieth century writers, grouped by individual titles within an authors body of work. Extensive bibliographies are also included for each individual work, and for the author as a whole. This resource should be used in conjunction with the print version of Contemporary Literary Criticism (Mugar Reference X PN 771 .C59) which covers a larger number of more obscure authors.

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LINGUISTICS ABSTRACTS ONLINE searches more than 15,000 abstracts from nearly 300 linguistics journals published since 1985. In addition to journal articles, this database also covers working papers and theses. Entries appear in the database within six months of publication.

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LION LITERATURE ONLINE from Chadwyck Healy, is a collection of full text literary databases and complementary reference databases. Click on Individual Collections to see a description of the databases listed below or to search a single collection. Other search options listed on the introductory screen can be used to search the whole database at once. –Boston University subscribes to the following titles:20th Century American Poetry; African-American Poetry (1750-1900); American Poetry (1600-1900); Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; Early English Prose Fiction (1500-1700); Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare (1591-1911); Eighteenth Century Fiction (1700-1780); English Drama (1280-1915); English Poetry (600-1900); The Faber Poetry Library (20th century); King James Bible; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged

LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) BU-px
LLBA (LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR ABSTRACTS) is the electronic version of the print title of the same name. It includes abstracts from approximately 2000 international serials, recent books, occasional papers, monographs, technical reports, dissertation listings and citations to book reviews. Coverage is from 1973 to date. .

MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) 1926+ BU-px
MLA BIBLIOGRAPHY is produced by the Modern Language Association of America. It indexes critical materials on modern language, literature, linguistics and folklore, rhetoric and composition, and the dramatic arts.The Bibliography provides citations from more than 4400 journals and series, and includes monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and dissertations.The materials indexed are in many languages. Indexing is from 1926 to date.


Music


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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 1969+ BU-px
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature or Ripertoire International de Littirature Musicale, is an international bibliography of articles, festschriften, congress and conference reports, and dissertations in the field of music and related disciplines. Citations from 1969-1996 are fully abstracted and indexed in English; full indexing is available for citations after 1997. Titles for citations appear in their original language and in English translation where applicable. New and retrospective citations and abstracts are added monthly.

Multidisciplinary


ACLS Humanities E-Book BU-px
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Alternative Press Index BU-px
ALTERNATIVE PRESS INDEX: indexes roughly 380 alternative, radical, and left publications. Subjects covered by this index include African-American studies, gay and lesbian studies, feminism, socialism, anarchism, labor studies, social theory, alternative organizations, community organizing, prisons, ecology, indigenous people’s rights, and internationalism. English, French, and Spanish language periodicals are indexed. Coverage is from 1991 to the present..

Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975+ BU-px
WEB OF SCIENCE is the Web interface to the citation databases from the Institute of Scientific Information. Coverage is from 1978-. The databases include: Science Citation Index Expanded. covers 5300 journals (2000 more titles than the print version) and is updated with 16,000 new records every week; Social Sciences Citation Index covers 1700 journals and is updated with 2800 new records every week; Arts & Humanities Citation Index. covers 1100 journals and is updated with 2200 new records every week. Data extracted from the Web of Science should give the following attribution to ISI: The above data are extracted from the Science Citation Index Expanded., Social Sciences Citation Index. and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Databases of the Institute for Scientific Information., Inc., ISI., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Copyright) 199_.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) – Full Text BU-px
“The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database (PQDT) is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. It is the database of record for graduate research, with over 2.3 million dissertations and theses included from around the world.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1861, and more than 60,000 new citations are added to the database every year.

Over 1.9 million dissertations and theses are available from the UMI vaults on microfilm or in hardcopy, and researchers can preview many recent titles electronically. Where available, PQDT provides 24 Page Previews of dissertations and theses. In addition, more than 925,000 are available for download in PDF format (Digital dissertations and theses are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be Native PDF, some PDF Image).”

Humanities Full Text 1995+ (abstracts 1984+) BU-px
HUMANITIES FULL TEXT is a database that indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals, plus the full text of selected periodicals. Topics include archaeology, art, film, music, performing arts, religion, history and literature. Periodical coverage includes both well-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized periodicals. Indexing begins in 1984. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.

JSTOR (Journal Storage) BU-px
JSTOR is a full-text collection of back issues (from volume 1 to approximately five years ago) of core scholarly journals. Includes journals in African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, classics, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology, and statistics.

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Readers Guide Full Text BU-px
READER’S GUIDE FULL TEXT is a database that indexes and abstracts more than 240 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada, plus the full text of more than 120 of those periodicals. In addition to news and current events, it covers business, politics, sports and many other subjects. Indexing begins with 1983 and full text coverage begins in January 1994 for most titles.

Rural Development Abstracts Online 1990+ BU-px
RURAL DEVELOPMENT ABSTRACTS ONLINE indexes English and foreign language journal articles, reports, conferences, and books about all aspects of rural development in developing countries from environmental management to technical progress, poverty and women’s studies. Coverage includes policy and development, land reform, employment, land and water resources, biotechnology, microfinance, education and extension, health and nutrition. Updated weekly. Backfile to 1990.

Science Citation Index Expanded 1965+ BU-px
WEB OF SCIENCE is the Web interface to the citation databases from the Institute of Scientific Information. Coverage is from 1978-. The databases include: Science Citation Index Expanded. covers 5300 journals (2000 more titles than the print version) and is updated with 16,000 new records every week; Social Sciences Citation Index covers 1700 journals and is updated with 2800 new records every week; Arts & Humanities Citation Index. covers 1100 journals and is updated with 2200 new records every week. Data extracted from the Web of Science should give the following attribution to ISI: The above data are extracted from the Science Citation Index Expanded., Social Sciences Citation Index. and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Databases of the Institute for Scientific Information., Inc., ISI., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Copyright) 199_.

ScienceDirect BU-px
SCIENCE DIRECT is a Web-based information source for scientific, technical, and medical research offering access to more than 1100 full text electronic journals from 1995/96+ across 16 fields of science, including the social sciences.


Political Science and International Relations


AccessUN 1945+ BU-px
ACCESSUN indexes United Nations publications from 1944 to date, and provides the full-text of most UN resolutions. Other documents cited in AccessUN may be found Mugar Library’s microfiche collection of United Nations Documents and Publications.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher BU-px
CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY RESEARCHER is a full text resource offering basic background on many contemporary issues of interest to Congress. An excellent starting point for research into major public issues, this source gives summary coverage to all sides of the issues along with extremely useful bibliographies.

Country Studies WWW
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Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals BUSL
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals is a multilingual index to articles and book reviews published worldwide, covering international (public and private) and comparative law, and the law of countries other than the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Coverage is from 1985 to the present.

LexisNexis Congressional BU-px
LEXISNEXIS CONGRESSIONAL is an online version of the CIS Index, which abstracts US Congressional publications from 1970 to the present. The publications include Bills, Hearings, Committee Prints, House and Senate Reports, House and Senate Documents, Senate Treaty Documents, Senate Executive Reports, and the Congressional Record. These publications are available in the CIS microfiche collections of Mugar Library and Pappas Law Library. LexisNexis Congressional contains the full text of publications issued since 1995, and of some publications issued as far back as 1980. The database also includes Public Laws, the US Code, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and a search form (Inside Washington) for news analysis of Congressional activity.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) 1972+ BU-px
PAIS (PUBLIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION SERVICE) is a bibliographic database of citations to public policy literature in books, journal articles and government documents. It includes materials published in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish . Coverage is from 1972 to date.

Political Science: A Sage Full Text Collection BU-px



Religion


ATLA Religion Database 1949+ BU-px
ATLA RELIGION DATABASE, produced by the American Theological Library Association, indexes citations in the scholarly fields of religion. It covers the research literature of religion in more than 30 languages and contains articles from 650 journals, essays from 14,000 multi-author works, and more than 300,000 book reviews. Coverage is from 1949 to date.

Index Islamicus (CD-ROM) Mugar Workstation
INDEX ISLAMICUS is an index to articles, books, multi-authored works, and conference proceedings on Islam, the Middle East, and on Muslims worldwide, published in European languages. Includes all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including accounting, archaeology, architecture, arts, bibliography and scholarship, economics, education, geography and travel, history, law, libraries, literature, natural and applied sciences, philosophy, politics and current affairs, religion, social sciences, theology, and zoology. Coverage is from 1906 to the present.


Science


Agricola 1966+ WWW
AGRICOLA, created by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides access to the agricultural literature of the world. It contains over 3.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials and technical reports from 1979 to the present.1400 journals are indexed by the database.

Biosis (Biological Abstracts) 1989+ BU-px
BIOSIS is the electronic version of Biological Abstracts (held at the Science-Engineering Library). It covers many science disciplines, including biochemistry, ecology, microbiology, neurosciences and many others. Materials indexed are in many languages. Coverage is from 1989 to date.

Environment Complete BU-px
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Medline (PubMed) 1966+ BU-px
MEDLINE is the NLM’s premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The database contains over 12 million citations dating back to the mid-1960′s. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.

Sport Discus 1975+ BU-px
SPORT DISCUS is produced by the Sport Information Resource Centre. The database contains citations to articles, theses and dissertations in the areas of sports medicine, exercise psychology, biomechanics, coaching, physical education, sport law and fitness. Coverage is primarily from 1975 to the present, although citations have been selected from as far back as 1830. Many citations include descriptive abstracts

Waters and Oceans Worldwide BU-px
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Social Sciences


FRANCIS (International social sciences & humanities) BU-px
FRANCIS includes multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities, social sciences and economics. The database is strong in religion, the history of art and literature with emphasis on current trends in European and world literature. Coverage is from 1984 to date.

Social Sciences Full Text 1995+ (abstracts 1983+) BU-px
SOCIAL SCIENCES FULL TEXT is a database that indexes and abstracts articles from more than 415 English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere, plus the full text of over 115 of those periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of social sciences journals. Indexing coverage begins with periodicals published in February 1983. Full text coverage begins in January 1995.


Statistical Sources


Current Index to Statistics BU-px
CURRENT INDEX TO STATISTICS (CIS) is a bibliographic index to publications in statistics and related fields. Coverage, in most cases is from 1974 (or first issue if later) to the current end year from 111 core journals (and pre-1974 coverage for a number of them), selected articles since 1974 from about 900 additional journals (cumulatively), and about 8,000 books in statistics published since 1974.

LexisNexis Statistical BU-px
LEXISNEXIS STATISTICAL is an online version of three indexes: American Statistics Index, covering 1973 to the present; Index to International Statistics, covering 1983 to the present; and Statistical Reference Index, covering 1980 to the present. The database indexes and abstracts social, demographic, and economic statistics published by the U.S. government, the U.N. and other international governmental organizations, as well as US state governments, and US private nonprofit and commercial associations and organizations. Most of these publications are available in the ASI, IIS, and SRI microfiche collections in Mugar Library. The PowerTables section of the database contains complete statistical tables, and may be searched separately.


Women's Studies


Contemporary Women’s Issues 1992+ BU-px
CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S ISSUES is a full-text database, international in scope, covering such subjects as violence and sexual exploitation, human rights, development, health, family life and the arts. Sources include journals, research reports, newsletters, alternative press literature and fact sheets. Coverage is from 1992 to date.

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STUDIES ON WOMEN AND GENDER ABSTRACTS includes citations and abstracts for journal articles and books on women’s studies and gender studies. Coverage is from 1995 onward.