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Alternative Press Index


Publishing for over 40 years!

The Alternative Press Index is a biannual* subject index to over 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Librarians consider the API to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to alternative sources of information available today. Each article is listed and cross-referenced by subject. Every citation contains the title, author and information about the publication in which it is located.

* The API print-version switched from quarterly to biannual publication in Volume 38. API online is published quarterly, now by EBSCO Publishing.

The Alternative Press Index (API) was born with the New Left of the 1960's. It was launched in 1969 to provide access to the practices and theories of radical social change. The Index is international and interdisciplinary, spanning the social sciences and humanities, with its central focus on the practice and theory of socialism, national liberation, labor, indigenous peoples, gays/lesbians, feminism, ecology, democracy, and anarchism. It strives to be as comprehensive as possible.

Since it was established, the Alternative Press Index has provided access to the works of many journalists, theorists and writers, including the following:

Margaret Atwood - Peter Beilharz - Seyla Benhabib - Joel Bleifuss - Robin Blackburn - Murray Bookchin - Jeremy Brecher - Judith Butler - Cornelius Castoriadis - Phyllis Chesler - Noam Chomsky - Ward Churchill - Alexander Cockburn - Drucilla Cornell - John D'Emilio - Angela Davis - Barbara Ehrenreich - Nancy Fraser - Stuart Hill - Nancy Hartsock - David Harvey - Agnes Heller - Edward Herman - bell hooks - Diana Johnstone - June Jordan - Manning Marable - David Moberg - Kim Moody - Salim Muwakkil - James O'Connor - Leo Panitch - Carole Pateman - Katha Pollitt - Elaine Rapping - Daniel Singer - Urvashi Vaid

The Alternative Press Index is published biannually in April and October. Each issue is approximately 750 pages in length. Each issue contains complete subscription information for the publications indexed, as well as a selection of abstracts from 75 research journals.

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