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Ekstrom Library

Collection Development

Pan-African Studies Collections Data Guide

Database Usage Statistics

The Libraries added the following resources during 2021:

All usage statistics for 2021 will be available at the end of 2022. For previous years usage of other databases in this area, click on the tabs above.

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2020

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 88
America History & Life 18,173
Black Drama, Second Edition
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 124,281 80,008
Ethnic Newswatch 12,589 784
Historical Abstracts 17,251
JSTOR 107,242 84,837
Kanopy 2,086
Project Muse 2,144 7,672
Race Relations Abstracts 22,494

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2019

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 158
America History & Life 22,815
Black Drama, Second Edition
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 168,223 77,844
Ethnic Newswatch 15,358 1,351
Historical Abstracts 21,872
JSTOR 219,548 120,492
Kanopy 432
Project Muse 2,303 10,039
Race Relations Abstracts 22,800

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2018

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 225
America History & Life 23,783
Black Drama, Second Edition 295
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 193,214 102,408
Ethnic Newswatch 19,279 328
Historical Abstracts 22,573
JSTOR 88,795 112,614
Kanopy 64
Project Muse 4,147 13,674
Race Relations Abstracts 22,475

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2017

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998) 990
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 268
America History & Life 19,553
Black Drama, Second Edition 1,147
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 181,782 99,095
Ethnic Newswatch 20,903 1,087
Historical Abstracts 18,191
JSTOR 69,101 110,400
Kanopy 20
Project Muse 4,494 13,390
Race Relations Abstracts 16,760

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2016

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998) 707
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 772
America History & Life 15,216
Black Drama, Second Edition 1,530
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 213,990 114,142
Ethnic Newswatch 24,109 1,200
Historical Abstracts 14,429
JSTOR 83,447 117,853
Project Muse 5,644 12,298
Race Relations Abstracts 14,518

Usage of Pan-African Studies Databases: 2015

Database Searches Downloads
African American Newspapers (1827-1998) 372
African-American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century 253
America History & Life 21,459
Black Drama, Second Edition 1,298
EBSCO Academic Search Complete 240,155 109,939
Ethnic Newswatch 55,677 1,293
Historical Abstracts 20,276
JSTOR 76,605 239,391
Project Muse 5,140 10,616
Race Relations Abstracts 20,121

Top 25 Journals

The lists of Top 10 journals by subject were extracted from Journal Citation Reports database. The Libraries own or have access to all titles linked below.

Top 25 Journals in Pan-African Studies

Journal Name Total Citations 2020 Journal Impact Factor Eigenfactor Score Article Influence Score
African American Review 230 0.0004 0.238
Africology: The Journal of Pan-African Studies
Black History Bulletin
Black Perspective in Music
Black Scholar 313 0.00072 0.815
Black Women, Gender + Families
Callaloo
Fire!!!
Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity
Journal of African American History
Journal of African American Studies 61 0.00015 0.318
Journal of Africana Religions 46 0.00035 0.411
Journal of Black Studies 1,222 1.108 0.001 0.492
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 13 0.029
Journal of Negro Education 173 0.016
Lenox Avenue
Northeast African Studies
Obsidian
Phylon
Souls: A Critical Journal of Black, Politics, Culture, and Society 242 0.361 0.00097 0.969
Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men
Transition 228 0.00042 0.37
Western Journal of Black Studies
Women, Gender and Families of Color

Book Holdings

Books on Pan-African Studies can be found in both the Granville A. Bunton African American Collection, as well as woven throughout the larger main book collection, in both print and electronic format.

The Granville A. Bunton African American Collection is dedicated to the celebration and presentation of the African American tradition. The collection holds over 6600 books on Africa and Africans that relate to the history and the study of people of African descent living in the Americas and the Caribbean. Literature, broad anthologies and works of Pan African and African American literature and criticism that cover groups of authors or the body of African and African-American literature are found in this collection. The collection is housed on the 3rd floor of Ekstrom Library.  A list of books located in that collection can be found below.

Since Pan-African Studies is a multidisciplinary field, one must consider the broader discipline your research topic is associated with in order to find books in the larger main collection.   Targeted keyword and subject searches using established subject headings can help narrow your results. Library of Congress Subject Headings relating to African Americans (PDF) can be found on pages 90-102.

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