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Library Resource Guide for: AFRICANA STUDIES

Africana-related Newspapers & News Media

Locating African and Caribbean newspapers is an adventure. Nevertheless, the Brown University Library has a number of resources that can help to put these materials at your fingertips.

Perhaps the easiest way to find contemporary African newspapers is through Lexis/Nexis Academic Universe (to which a link is provided below). The Lexis/Nexis database includes full text of a number of materials published in Africa, which you can search. I have added a partial listing of pertinent titles below; for a complete listing select "World News" under Step One, and "Middle East/Africa" from the pull down menu under Step Two, then click on "Source List." This will show a list of the news sources included.

Lexis/Nexis is notably weak on Caribbean publications. A few pertinent titles are listed below, but access is not deep. The internet link below for Caribbean News provides a better portal for current news from the Caribbean, but provides current links only and is not cross-searchable. A better bet for Caribbean newspapers is the CRL foreign newspapers database, which includes a number of important titles.

A selection of historical African newspapers from the end of the 19th century through the early 20th century can now be found in the World Newspaper Archive. For historical African American newspapers, try the 19th Century U. S. Newspapers database, which includes North Star and Frederick Douglass' Newspaper, both published by Frederick Douglass, along with several other African American titles. For contemporary African American titles, try either Ethnic News Watch (linked below) or Academic Search Premier. A few microform titles are also included below.

Subscription Databases:

Ethnic NewsWatch and ENW: A History  full text icon  
1980-present; Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press beginning in 1990. ENW: A History covers the years 1960-1989. The experiences and contributions of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Peoples, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans and Arab Americans illuminate three critical decades in U.S. and world history.

EUREKA.CC  full text icon  
Current;, aka Virtual News Library (Newscan)is a database of news and current events that contains more than 115-million articles from over 2,500 daily newspapers, journals, magazines, news wires, tv transcripts and others covering more than 20 years. Sources from every state in the USA, from every province in Canada and from all over the world bring you the latest news in English, French, Spanish and other languages. For help in getting started, see Reference Guide for

LexisNexis Academic  full text icon  
Current; said to be the world's largest full text, online database, containing more than a billion full text articles, citation abstracts, and documents. Emphasis is on current news and legal and business information. For help in getting started, see Introduction to LexisNexis Video Tutorial.

Library PressDisplay  full text icon  
Current (last 60 days); Library PressDisplay is an online newspaper portal which offers over 2000 newspapers from over 100 countries in 60 languages.

Nineteenth (19th) Century U.S. Newspapers  full text icon  
Provides access to approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.

Times (London) Digital Archive  full text icon  
1795-1985; researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers 1800-1922  full text icon  
1800-1922; more than 40 nineteenth- and twentieth-century African newspapers. Featuring titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Microform Resources:

The East African Standard (Nairobi), 1971-2002
The East African Standard was published under the title "The Standard" between 1974 and 1995. The Brown University Library holdings lack issues between 1998 and 2001. Researchers should note that the Standard is now published online and maintains a virtual archive of issues back to December 1, 2002. Click on the link above to view today's issue, and follow the links just under the masthead to access "Yesterday's Issue" and the "Archive" of issues back to 2002.
» Annex Microfilm F E2

New York Amsterdam News: 1969 to 2005
NOTE: Current issues are available electronically, through the Academic Search Premier and Ethnic News Watch databases.
» Rock Microfilm

The Chicago Defender
Holdings include also 1966 through 1973, when it was titled Chicago Daily Defender, and 1973 to present, when it reverted to the original title.
» Rock Microfilm

Negro World: 1923-1933
"A newspaper devoted solely to the interests of the Negro race."
» Rock Microfilm PN4882.5 .N44x

Muslim Journal: 1982 to Present
A product of the American Muslim Mission in Chicago, the periodical was originally entitled A.M. News and retitled as A.M. Journal from 1982 to 1985.
» Rock Microfilm F B595

The Colored American: 1837 to 1841
1 reel. New York newspaper edited by Samuel Cornish and published by Robert Sears. Ceased publication in 1842
» Rock Microfilm E185.5 .C59x

Internet Resources:

  • AllAfrica Global Media
    Internet news site operated by the successor organization to Africa News Service, AllAfrica (as a multi-media content provider) posts 1,000 stories daily in English and French, as well as hosting searchable archive containing more than 900,000 articles, collected and aggregated from more than 100 news organizations in Africa and enhanced by strategic partnerships with the BBC and Radio France Internationale. Includes a helpful Guide for how to use the site to find particular kinds of information.

  • BBC News Africa
    A component of BBC World News, this site includes articles, streamed content, podcasts and other features originally broadcast on BBC radio and television programs.

  • Caribbean News
    Provides links for current Caribbean newspapers and radio.

  • Channel Africa
    Multi-lingual internet portal of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which presents streaming broadcasts of news about and from Africa. Includes country profiles for all nations on the continent, a topical discussion forum, live audio-streaming, and on-demand streaming of daily broadcasts in six languages (English, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Silozi, Chinyanja).
    NOTE: Uses Windows Media Player to stream audio.

  • CRL Foreign Newspapers
    A database of non-U.S. newspapers available on microfilm through the Center for Research Libraries. The database is searchable by title and country. An advanced search feature allows for adding language and dates to the search criteria. Many African titles filmed as part of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) are included. Brown may borrow from CRL under certain limits. All requests for CRL materials must be submitted through the Library. Please contact Holly Snyder for further information.