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POLIT/AFCNA 234 Black Metropolis: From MLK to Obama: Finding Articles

Check Your Knowledge: What Are Periodicals?

Periodicals are publications that are published in a series such as magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers that are issued in regular intervals e.g.. daily, weekly, monthly. For example, Time (magazine), the Journal of Psychology (scholarly journal), and the Chicago Tribune (newspaper) are periodicals.  

Academic Journals

Here are a few examples (there are many) of peer reviewed journals that have scholarly articles on Black Chicago that align with the themes of this course. Locate other journals by using the journal locator

Journal of Urban History: provides scholars and professionals with the latest research, analyses, and discussion on the history of cities and urban societies throughout the world. Includes research on urban history that includes topics such as public housing, migration, urban growth, and more.

Urban Affairs Review: focuses on questions of politics, governance, and public policy specifically as they relate to cities and/or their regions. 

Antipode:covers radical geographic theory and research contributing to politics and practice that challenges and dominants orthodox views of the world through debate and scholarship.

Journal Articles

Scholarly journals are also called academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals. These are journals that academics submit original research to in the form of an article for other scholars, experts, or academics peers in their field to review. These reviewers must agree that the article represents properly conducted original research or writing before it can be published. 

What to look for:

  • abstract (descriptive summary)
  • footnotes or bibliographies
  • institutions author(s) are from: ex. universities, research institutions, think tanks 
  • main point is to report on original research or experimentation

Examples of scholarly journals: 

American Economic Review

Applied Geography

Journal of Theoretical Biology

Click this link for a helpful chart that explains the differences between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade publications from San Diego State University. Scroll to the middle of the page for the chart. 

Check Your Knowledge: What Is A Database and an Index?

Database - a collection of information in electronic format. Most of the databases in the library are periodical indexes that help you identify articles published in journals. We also have databases that provide statistical information.

Index - a list of topics mentioned in a book (usually at the end). A periodical index is used to identify articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Useful Databases

WorldCat: A shared catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Use the "MH Links & Interlibrary Loan" button to make an interlibrary loan request for any title found in WorldCat that's not held in the Five Colleges.

Ethnic NewsWatch: Current resource of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.

America: History and Life: Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back to 1964. Focus is on the history and life of the United States and Canada.

For a full list of databases, please click here: Database A-Z.

Locating the Full Text of A Journal Article

Clicking the MHLinks button will help you locate the full article

  • available online: click direct link
  • available in print: follow the link to search catalog, click "call numbers and availability" for years available. Humanities journals are located in the library on floor 2 1/2 and the science journals can be found on the Miles-Smith floor (second floor)
  • not available at MHC: click "request via Illiad" to have it delivered electronically via interlibrary loan 

Newspapers and Websites

Chicago Defender contains the full text of the back issues from 1910 to 1975. You can access the Chicago Defender's website by clicking this link. 



Click Chicago Tribune for the full text of back issues of the from 1849 to 1970. This link has recent issues from 1985 to the present. You can also access the Chicago Tribune website by clicking this link



An alternative weekly newspaper and online website that covers news, politics, arts and culture, and music in Chicago. 


A print magazine and online news site covering housing, politics, arts and culture, food, and music on the South Side. 


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Chicago Sun-Times: a daily newspaper focused on Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Some articles (published between 1985-2007) can be accessed through Pro-Quest


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The Chicago Reporter confronts racial and economic inequality through the power of investigative journalism. Click here to access this resource. 

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