ProQuest Launches Black Studies Center

Dec 02, 2005

ProQuest Information and Learning's Chadwyck-Healey product line has launched the Black Studies Center to record and illuminate the Black experience, from ancient Africa through modern times. The Black Studies Center is a digital resource developed in conjunction with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Black Studies Center is organized around Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, a collection of studies from academic experts that summarize the state of research and scholarship on important themes such as African-American Religion, the slave trade and slavery; performing arts and popular culture, and the African-American family. Surrounding the studies is a selection of readings, as well as research questions for further exploration. Bibliographies and selected primary research materials are also included, along with a multimedia library and links to related Web sites. Because it is in a digital, searchable environment, users can explore relationships between themes, people, and events, through scanning rich and diverse content that supports an array of disciplines.

It includes more than 150 publications, 30 volumes of contextual material, and a multimedia library with more than 2,000 images and 200 video clips. Among the content is The Chicago Defender digital archive, which provides online the full run of one of America's most influential Black newspapers. The content is supported by a user-friendly technology, which allows libraries to leverage existing resources through OpenURL linking. Other features include multi-thematic timelines with hyperlinks to content and images, glossary with both mouse-over and extended-view definitions and OpenURL-compliant theme bibliographies.