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Black Studies

Journals and E-journals

Most journals are subject specific and will include research by Black scholars. Cross-search many journals at once using subject keywords or an author's name in UCL Explore or one of the databases. For a more comprehensive search for journal articles both in and beyond UCL's collections, see our guide to literature searching.


Many journals are available electronically and can be read online. They can be found by searching UCL Explore, either using subject keywords or a specific title. The content of e-journals can be discovered in Explore by selecting the 'Journal articles' option from the drop-down menu before running your search, or you can cross search many e-journals at once by using a database.

Print journals

Some journals may only be available in print  - you will find details of which library you can access them at in the UCL Explore record for the journal.

Print journals (also referred to as periodicals) usually cannot be borrowed. Recent issues are available in the library while older volumes are kept at STORE and need to be ordered in advance via our Stores service. The content of print journals can often be discovered by using the appropriate database.

Here is a list of key titles that focus on topics of particular relevance to Black Studies:

African Journals Online

Finding the full-text

Find IT@UCL logo

If you're using one of our databases to find journal articles, you might not be able to read the article within the database itself. If you see the Findit@UCL icon, click on it to link to the full-text

Sometimes you will see a link to the publisher's site. Unless the article is open access, you might find that you can't reach the full-text.

Clicking on the Findit@UCL link instead will link you to the full-text via UCL's subscription access, if available.

If you're using Google Scholar you can set up the Library Links feature so that it will display a findit@UCL link to help show you which articles are available via UCL subscriptions. 

Can't find full-text?

  • UCL has an amazing collection of electronic resources, but no library can have full-text access to everything.
  • If you identify a piece of information that would be beneficial to your research and you can't access it through UCL, the library will try and source a copy for you via the Inter Library Loans service.
  • You can make a request by logging into UCL Explore and then clicking on the three dots 'show more' menu to access the Inter Library Loan Request form.