This page outlines the resources for Professor Bonds's Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement Sophomore Seminar course. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as a handful of biographical resources for research into the backgrounds of your assigned authors.
Before delving into these specific databases, try searching the library's main search engine which simultaneously searches our physical catalog of books and multimedia items and over 200+ of our scholarly journal databases. Simply click on the "Search" tab at the top right of any library page or click the big green "Search" button in the middle of our Library homepage.
Search Tab - The library catalog
- Books on your topic: Search Books and More, placing the phrase in quotation marks: "harlem renaissance" "black arts movement"
- Too many results? Narrow your search, using the facets on the right.
- Find related books? Click on one of the book titles and note the subject links to related books. See the list of books on the right column for other related titles.
- Save the book records in My Favorites.
- Books written by your writer: Search by Author -- "toomer, jean"
- Use keywords to combine topics: race literature will pull up books on race and literature.
- Use quotation marks for phrases
- Search Advanced Search for more complex searches.
E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
- Use either service to obtain books from other libraries; Interlibrary loan for journal articles. (There is no charge for these services.)
- May take up to 5 to 7 days: Be sure to plan ahead
Important: How can I get an article? is the key.
Some databases have full text. For others, click on FindIt to determine if there are online links to the article; if it is in a journal the library subscribes to; or if you need to use Interlibrary Loan / Iliad - to obtain the article.
Books: In The Library & Online
to view a brief list of books that can be found in our library related to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement and may serve as a useful starting point in your research. Several of these books are available to view and search online.
Subject Specific Database
African American Studies Center Online (Oxford)
The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895
, Black Women in America
, the highly acclaimed Africana
, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography
project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature
and selected articles from other reference works.
General Databases for Humanities
MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
]Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
LCO is an extensive compilation of literary commentary reaching back 30 years and cover centuries of critiques on authors and their works that span all time periods, types of literature and regions. The cross searchable collection brings together the most acclaimed literary series Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism
providing criticism on the major authors, dramatists and poets. The database includes Shakespearean Literature Criticism
with a comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of his plays and poetry.
]Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey)
A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 382 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
]Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series has been a favorite with students and scholars for many years, often the first place to go to find authoritative biographical and critical essays on the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Offers Documentary, Main, and Yearbook series.
]Historical New York Times: 1851-2011 (ProQuest)The New York Times
is a unique full-image archive that brings you the entire historical run of The New York Times
, in-depth coverage of science and politics. It offers complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.
]Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™
. Subject coverage includes arts, business, computers, crafts, dance, drama, education, entertainment, fashion, film & television, food, gardening, health and medicine, home improvement, literature, news and current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, sports and fitness, technology, transportation, travel and more.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks
will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.
MLA Style Guide
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Remember, for more resources you can always check the English Subject Guide.