Trial Databases April/May 2023

Trial Databases 

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has two new trial databases, Black South African Magazines and Bibliography of Indigenous People in North America. Check out the descriptions below! 

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Africa Commons: Black South African Magazines  

Trial available through April 30, 2023.

“Black South African Magazines brings together over 50,000 pages of popular magazines written for Black African audiences and published between 1937 and 1973. Much of the content, which includes investigative journalism, photography, fiction, reviews, biographies, advertisements, and more, was created by a new generation of Black journalists, writers and artists. Many of the titles were syndicated across the continent and contained content specifically developed for the African English-speaking world, so they provide a view of Black society across all of Africa. 

Black South African Magazines was developed in partnership with Sabinet, a leading publisher of African materials for libraries, the materials were sourced from African libraries and digitized in Africa.” (Coherent Digital, Black South African Magazines)

Magazines include Drum Magazine, which was once the most widely read magazine in Africa. Drum’s journalists are credited with changing the way Black South Africans were represented in society. In addition, some of the “women’s magazines on this platform escaped the scrutiny of the apartheid government at times when several others were shut down and their journalists jailed.” (Coherent Digital, Black South African Magazines)

Coverage Dates: 1937-1973

“Africa Commons: Black South African Magazines.” Coherent Digital, LLC,

Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America 

 Available as a trial through May 21, 2023. 

“Citations to scholarly and research material exploring the contributions and lived experiences of North America’s Indigenous peoples. Contains over 350,000 citations to newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books, reviews, and trade publications from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.” (Ebsco, Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America) 

Subjects include acculturation, archaeology, education, ethnohistory, economic,  development, folklore, the gaming industry, missions, mythology, religion, and tribal governments. Previously was was Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) 

Coverage Dates: 16th century to present

“Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America: EBSCO.” EBSCO Information Services, Inc. |, indigenous-peoples-north-america.

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