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Black American Literature

A guide to library resources and research help on Black American Literature.


This guide has been created to help you find resources for research in Black American Literature. Resources include:

  • Primary texts 
  • How to Find Books and eBooks 
  • How to Find Articles in Databases
  • Useful External Websites
  • Author Biographies, including encyclopedia entries and full eBook biographies
  • A list of Literature by Black Authors and Literary Criticism eBooks
  • Films
  • MLA Style 
  • A link to the Cal State LA Black Lives Matter Guide, which includes anti-racist literature and racial justice resources.

Email Paizha Stoothoff, Librarian for English, with questions or to schedule a Zoom appointment at

Humanities Librarian

Paizha Stoothoff's picture
Paizha Stoothoff
Librarian for English, Modern Languages & Literature, and Philosophy.

Research Help:
Email me for appointment at
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300