Celebrating Diversity: Black History Month Resources!

Resources for Black History Month by James Tasato Mellone, Historical Cultural and Social Sciences Librarian

The QC Library celebrates Black History Month this February 2022 by acknowledging ongoing African-American achievements despite the continuance of racial injustice and racism against the Black American community, both locally and nationally.

Our Black History Month 2022 guide shows several intellectual and artistic creations which, if knowledge is power, may offer some hope for future racial justice. Perhaps such creations can also help us see that the African-American experience is the American experience writ small and large, and that Black Lives Matter.

As part of our Africana Studies research guide, the Black History Month 2022 guide provides a selection of streaming videos, ebooks, as well as streaming music, performances & stories in African American studies. Here are a few highlights from the guide.

The Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution film poster

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (PBS, I hr 53 min) “Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a new revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at the vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.”

MLK/FBI film poster

MLK/FBI (2020, 1hr 46min) “In this virtuosic film, award-winning editor, and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover…”

Half in Shadow The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay book cover

Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay by Shanna Greene Benjamin (Publication Date: 2021) “Nellie Y. McKay (1930-2006) was a pivotal figure in contemporary American letters…best known for co-editing the canon-making Norton Anthology of African American Literature with Henry Louis Gates Jr….After her passing, new details about McKay’s life emerged, surprising everyone who knew her…”

Armstrong Now 2022

Armstrong Now 2022: Artist-in-Residence Performances (Louis Armstrong House Museum, Queens College) “Features world renowned Black artists responding creatively to the newly digitized Armstrong Archives….”

Electronic Resource: Art & Architecture ePortal (A&AePortal)

by Scott Davis

Access Provider: Yale University Press
Description: The Art & Architecture ePortal provides access to 286 ebooks by leading arts publishers such as the National Gallery of Art, Yale University Press, The MIT Press, and more. The collection provides access to museum catalogues, surveys, catalogues raisonnés, and artist monographs covering the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. A&AePortal offers high quality, zoomable, images and an array of tools for citations, annotations and note taking, and a bookshelf feature for future readings.
Format: E-books
Access Portals: OneSearch, A-Z Database list

Electronic Resources: January 2022

New Subscription: The QC Library has a new subscription to the following resource:

Human Kinetics: Health Care in Sport and Exercise

Human Kinetics Health Care in Sport and Exercise

Access Provider: Bloomsbury
Description: Human Kinetics Health Care in Sport and Exercise is a comprehensive digital collection of 33 ebooks and over 450 videos (approximately 11 hours). Digitally exclusive on an unlimited access basis, this product offers students, researchers and instructors unrivaled access to Human Kinetics’ market-leading physical therapy, athletic training, and sport-related health care content.
Format: E-books, Plays, Texts, Streaming Videos
Access Portals: OneSearch, A-Z Database List

Users may browse our Electronic Resources Status Dashboard for all updates relating to our electronic resources’ collections.


New Trial: The library has a trial to Drama Online for January 2022.

Drama Online

Access Provider: Bloomsbury
Description: This award-winning digital library has been created as a response to the need for a high-quality online research tool for drama and literature students, professors, and teachers. It is the only resource to combine exclusively available playtext content and scholarly publications with filmed live performances, film adaptations, and audio plays.
Note: Complimentary Access through January 31, 2022.
Note 2: Titles are available in OneSearch
Format: E-books, Plays, Texts, Streaming Videos
Access Portals: OneSearch, A-Z Database List

Electronic Resources Round-up

The QC Library currently has trials to the following resources: 

Theatre Performance and Design Collection 

Theatre Performance

Access Provider: Alexander Street 
Description: Theatre Performance and Design Collection combines the most important video content types used in theatre education (filmed stage performances, master classes, documentaries, and training material) with previously unpublished production designs, reference texts, and top-of-the-line teaching tools, there really is no better way for faculty to bring the brilliance of stage right into their classrooms.  
Note: Access from September 1, 2021 through October 29, 2021 
Format: E-books, Streaming Videos 
Access Portals:  OneSearchA-Z Database List 

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans

Early Imprints Series I

Access Provider: ReadEx-Newsbank
Description: Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the 17th and 18th centuries from the bibliography by Charles Evans and Roger Bristol’s Supplement; published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society.
Note: Access from September 27, 2021 through October 31, 2021
Format: Articles, E-Books
Access Portals:  OneSearch, A-Z Database List

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker

Early Imprints Series II

Access Provider: ReadEx-Newsbank
Description: Books, pamphlets, and broadsides published during the early 19th century from the bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker; published in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society.
Note: Access from September 27, 2021 through October 31, 2021
Format: Articles, E-Books
Access Portals:  OneSearch, A-Z Database List

ProQuest One Literature

ProQuest One Literature

Access Provider: ProQuest
Description: ProQuest One Literature is for scholars who must engage with an exhaustive and diverse set of scholarly resources around a given literary topic for research and course planning. It contains 3 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, dissertations, and more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings.
Note: Access September 27, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Titles are available in OneSearch
Format: Articles, E-books, Journals, Streaming Videos
Access Portals:  OneSearch, A-Z Database List

Literaturnaia Gazeta Digital Archive (DA-LG)

Access Provider: East View Information Services
Description: Established on April 22, 1929 with the support of the “father of Soviet literature,” writer Maxim Gorky, Literaturnaia gazeta is a landmark publication in Russia’s cultural heritage. With its focus on literary and intellectual life, Literaturnaia gazeta allowed Soviet Russia’s preeminent authors, poets, and cultural figures a particular podium for commentary, affording perhaps fewer restrictions than might be possible in other publications.
Note: Access October 7, 2021 through November 3, 2021. Titles are available in OneSearch
Format: Newspapers, Primary Sources
Access Portals: OneSearch, A-Z Database List

SDGO Online | Sustainable Development Goals Online

Access Provider: Taylor & Francis
Description: Taylor & Francis’ Sustainable Development Goals Online collection is a carefully curated interdisciplinary collection of digital content mapped to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Online collection includes more than 12,000 of the most important and relevant book chapters and journal articles, published under the Routledge and CRC Press imprints, in an online library covering all 17 SDGs.
Note: Access from October 14, 2021 through November 30, 2021
Format: Articles, E-books, Journals
Access Portals: OneSearch, A-Z Database List

Electronic Resources can be accessed via the library catalogue, OneSearch, and the A-Z Database List. Accessing library resources remotely will prompt users to sign into proxy using their CUNY Credentials, the same that is used for Blackboard and CUNYFirst. For more information on remote access, please review our Remote Access FAQ.  Users may browse the Electronic Resources Status Dashboard for updates.

Queens College users who would like to suggest a resource to add to our catalogue and/or to trial, may do so by completing the Suggest-a-Title form. General information on QC Library’s Electronic Resources can be found on our website, Research → Electronic Resources



Past Trials

Drama Online Oberon Collection 

Drama Online Oberon

Access Provider: Bloomsbury 
Description: Oberon Books has long been recognised as one of the most exciting publishers specialising in drama and the performing arts, with a reputation for publishing challenging and compelling works. From ground-breaking British plays to the best of international drama and plays in translation, this is a unique and inspiring collection of over 500 titles that features a diverse gathering of canonical and contemporary drama. 
Note: Access from September 1, 2021 through October 1, 2021. All titles (database and ebooks) are available in OneSearch 
Format: E-books, Plays, Texts 
Access Portals: OneSearchA-Z Database List 

Human Kinetics Library 

Human Kinetics Library

Access Provider: Bloomsbury 
Description: The Human Kinetics Library is built around a mission to increase the knowledge, enhance the performance and improve the health and fitness of all people around the globe through authoritative information about physical activity and sport. The platform features a growing collection of cross-searchable ebooks and videos from the world’s leading educational publisher for fitness, exercise, coaching and sport. 
Note: Access from September 1, 2021 through October 1, 2021. All titles (database and ebooks) are available in OneSearch 
Format: E-books, Streaming Videos 
Access Portals: OneSearchA-Z Database List