Cowles Library provides the Drake community of scholars access to The Black Studies Center. The Center delivers primary and secondary source content from a selection of useful sources, and integrates them in a single cross-searchable gateway. Here are a few of the resources included:
Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience™
– Developed in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this resource contains in-depth, interdisciplinary essays by today’s leading scholars in Black Studies, providing a detailed summary of the most updated research on over 30 major Black studies topics. Each essay includes key resources (the majority in full-text, including rare primarysources), bibliographies, biographies, timelines, multimedia and other contextual materials.
The Chicago Defender , 1910-1975
– This immense resource contains the full-image pages and articles of this leading African-American newspaper.
International Index to Black Periodicals
– This scholarly index dates back to 1902 with a growing collection of full-text current journals including academic titles from North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. There are currently 99 full-text titles covering years 1998 to current.
– A growing library of images and video clips is available with over 2,000 images and over 200 video clips. See video of everyone from Malcolm X to Marian Anderson.
– Each essay is linked to a comprehensive timeline, which lists important events, people, and places.
Professor Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator, and Assistant Professor Andrew Welch, Discovery Services & Technology Librarian, gave two presentations at the 33rd Annual Charleston Conference (Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition) in Charleston, South Carolina on November 7, 2013. One presentation was entitled “Adding PDA for Print? Consider Your Options for Implementation.” The second presentation was entitled “Maximizing the Value of Library Collections and Improving the End User Experience.”