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Caribbean Studies: Books & Journals

A guide to library resources for the Caribbean Studies Centre, including an overview of databases, advice on referencing, a support page for researchers and contact details for your department's Subject Librarian.

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The Subject Librarian for English is Mark Preston ( Enquiries can be made at Library desks, open from 9-9 during the week in term time.


are arranged on the shelves by subject using Dewey Decimal Classification. The Literature section is on the 2nd floor in the 800s, but you will need to look at other sections as well, such as Oversize. Please see below for some relevant subjects and their shelf numbers.

Reference sections

on each floor of the Library contain encyclopedias, bibliographies, dictionaries and directories. Similar items are available online, e.g. on Credo Reference.

Journals are arranged by shelf number on the appropriate floor, i.e. social sciences, education and language on the 1st floor, and art, music and literature on the 2nd floor. Most journals are on open access, but some back issues are kept in the reserve stack : you can request these at the Library help desk on the ground floor, and staff will collect them for you.

Electronic journals are available on Library Search and can also be accessed from databases on the Library web pages. Our subscriptions include EBSCO, JSTOR, SAGE, Science Direct, and Taylor & Francis. Most e-journals can be accessed off-campus with your Goldsmiths username and password. Please ask at the enquiry desk for further details.

Reference Material


  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database contains the records of 27,233 trans-Atlantic slave ship voyages made between 1595 and 1866. These records are the most complete at this time, and account for 70% of the Atlantic slave trade. This database was compiled at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University by experts in the field of history and economics of the slave trade and draws on archival work of scholars working in Portuguese, Danish, French, Spanish, Dutch and English [Main sequence 326.0973 TRA].


  • Correspondence of the military intelligence division relating to "Negro subversion" 1917-1941. On the six rolls of this microfilm are record cards and correspondence of the Military Intelligence Division (MID) that relate to activities of blacks in both civilian and military life, 1917-41. The documents reproduced are primarily from World War I and the immediate postwar years and consist of War Department memorandums, investigative reports, and correspondence with other agencies, particularly the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Investigation. This file is part of Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, Record Group. Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association is one subject covered [Reserve Stack microfilm 305.896073]
  • The Library holds on microfilm Slave narratives: a folk history of slavery in the United States from interviews with former slaves with narratives from throughout the south; Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma etc(13 reels) [Reserve Stack microfilm 326.0973 SLA]

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