This is a broad guide covering humanities and social science aspects of Afro-Caribbean life
and culture. It is a selective list of reference sources on Caribbean Studies available
in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. As a guide, it will lead the user
to more extensive material in the subject area.
Table of Contents (TOC)
Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies. 1975- . Main Ref. 016.967 B47. Annual acquisitions
of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Arranged alphabetically and includes subject
headings, author and title entries.
A Bibliography of the Caribbean. 1996. Afro-Americana Ref. 016.9729 G693B.
Comprehensive coverage of the Caribbean region. Contains 3,600 entries arranged
The Complete Caribbeana, 1900-1975: A Bibliographic Guide to the Scholarly Literature. 4 vols.
1977. Afro-Americana Ref. 016.972905 C73C. Volumes are divided into nine major thematic
sections. These are further divided into 63 topical chapters. Also includes an Author and
Haiti: Guide to the Periodical Literature in English, 1800-1990. 1991. Afro-Americana Ref.
016.97294 H127. More than 5,000 citations of articles written in English. Arranged
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources. 1992. Afro-Americana
Research Guide to Central America and the Caribbean. Afro-Americana Ref. 972.80072
BIOGRAPHIES OR BIOGRAPHICAL
Biographical Dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean Political Leaders. Afro-Americana Ref.
972.90092 B52. Over 450 biographical sketches of important political figures in the 19th and 20th
Contemporary Black Biography. 1992- . Afro-Americana Ref. 920.009296 C767.
Profiles influential people of African heritage who have made a contribution to the
international black community. Contains cumulative Nationality, Occupation, Name, and Subject
Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Afro-Americana Ref. 810.9
Selected Black American, African, and Caribbean Authors: A Bio-Bibliography. Afro-Americana
Ref. 016.8109 P143S1985. 632 non-literary writers are covered.
GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED REFERENCE
Atlas of the Third World. 2nd ed. 1992. Map & Geography 912. 191724K965. A
selection of maps and statistical information in graphic form. Arranged by topic.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean. 1985. Modern Languages Ref.
980.00321 C1441992. An economic, historical, and environmental look at the culture.
Contains over 50 maps and a select glossary.
Demographic Yearbook. Annuaire Demographique. 1948- . Government Documents
UN.ST/ESA/STAT/SER.R. Collection of international demographic statistics prepared by
the United Nations.
A Directory of Caribbean Studies Programs at Colleges and Universities in the United States
and Canada. Main Stacks 972.90071197 M4320
Doctoral Dissertations and Selected Theses Accepted by Universities of Canada, United States
and Europe, from 1778-1968. Main Stacks 016.91729 B11D. Lists 1,247 dissertations and
master's theses on or about the Caribbean.
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Dissertation Bibliography. Main Ref. 016.98 D342L.
Cites 7,200 dissertations published up to 1977.
South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Undergrad Ref. 318 So8721999. Surveys the
political and economic life both of the region and of 48 countries. Includes a directory of
government organization, political organizations, diplomatic representation, judicial system, mass
communication, trade and industry, etc.
Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles: An Annotated English-Language Bibliography. 1992.
Afro-Americana Ref. 016.972986 B812S. Cites mainly humanities and social science works
written in English. Lists over 1,200 works.
West Indian Americans: A Research Guide. 2001. Afro-Americana Ref. 016.97304
W528w. A bibliographic survey covering more than 500 articles, books, and other studies on
the West Indian immigrant experience.
HISTORY: BIBLIOGRAPHIES, FACT BOOKS,
A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America. 1965 [c1928]. Afro-Americana Ref. 01632526
W89B1965. Chapters are classified; for students of history and the social sciences. All
published before 1928.
African Caribbeans: a Reference Guide. 2004. Afro-Americana Ref. 972.900496 Af835
. Introduces selected countries, islands, or group of islands, providing an overview from the
arrival of slaves to the current situation.
Caribbean History in Maps. Map & Geography 912.729 AS34C. Details the history
the Caribbean through maps and textual support.
Dictionary of Afro-Latin American Civilization. Afro-Americana Ref. 980.003 N922D. A
historical and descriptive subject dictionary of 4,500 terms and phrases. Included selected
biographies of political leaders, writers, and other personalities.
Enciclopedia Brasileira da Diaspora Africana. 2004. Afro-Americana Ref. 981.00496
L8812e. Focuses on African culture and African descendants of Brazil. Includes
information about historical personalities, facts, countries, religions, political parties,
institutions, languages, and so on.
Historical Dictionary of Cuba. 1988. Main Stacks 972.9103 SU18H
LITERATURE BY AND ABOUT PEOPLES OF THE
The Afro-Spanish American Author: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. 1980. Modern
Languages Ref. 016.86909 J137ASUP. Contains 562 entries on authors, literature, and
The Afro-Spanish American Author II: The 1980s. 1989. Modern Languages Ref. 016.86909
J137ASUP. An additional 466 entries.
Bibliography of Women Writers from the Caribbean. Main Stacks . 016.808899287 B458B.
Lists creative works by 1,067 women writers. Arranged into four sections by
Black Literature Criticism. 1992. Afro-Americana Ref. 809.8896 B5616. Covers 125 writers
representing the United States, Africa, and Jamaica. Each entry presents a historical survey of
critical response to the author's works.
Caribbean Women Novelists: An Annotated Critical Bibliography. Modern Languages Ref.
016.80989287 C191. Includes women writers who have published at least one book since 1950.
Arranged by author and country.
West Indian Literature: An Index to Criticism. Afro-Americana Ref. 016.8109 AL56W. Cites
critics, criticism, and reviewers.
Writers of the Caribbean and Central America: A Bibliography. 1992. 2 vols. Afro-Americana
Ref. 016.808894729 F368W
CULTURE, MUSIC, THEATRE, FILM, ART
Bibliographic Guide to Caribbean Mass Communication. 1992. Communications Ref. 016.30223
L549B. An international survey of literature on publishing, film, television, radio,
and news services in the region.
The Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre. 1994. Afro-Americana Ref. 792.096
C144. Covers theatrical activity in the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean and
Music and Dance in Puerto Rico from the Age of Columbus to Modern Times: An Annotated
Bibliography. 1991. Music Ref. ML125.P8 T46
- Rastafari and Reggae: A Dictionary and Sourcebook. 1990. Main Stacks 299.67 M919R
SOCIAL & POLITICAL ISSUES
Black Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. 1985.
Afro-Americana Ref. 016.305896073 B561. Relates to the issues of black immigration of
recent decades and its effects on the changing composition of the black population in the
Dictionary of Contemporary Politics of Central America and the Caribbean. Main Ref. 320.972
G957D. Entries are arranged alphabetically and by country in this subject dictionary.
Contains over 20 pages of maps.
The Latin American Political Dictionary. Main Stacks 980.00321 R7351. Covers government,
the military, political parties, etc.
Women in Jamaica: a Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Sources. 1997. Afro-Americana
Ref. 016.3054 B63w . Cites over 600 works under topical headings such as Arts and Literature,
Biography, Education, Economic Conditions and Employment, Family and Fertility, Health, Legal
Issues, Politics, and Social Conditions.
Women's Education in the Third World: An Annotated Bibliography. 1989. Main Stacks
016.37091724 K29. Includes a geographic index to citations.
The following abstracting and indexing services will provide citations to articles in both
magazines and journals:
Black Studies on CD-ROM. 1995- . Afro-Americana Ref. Pan-African Workstation. Contains
100,000 records for monographs and audio-visual material owned by the Schomburg Center for Research
in Black Culture; and the last five years of periodical indexing from Index to Black