This guide is intended to help you begin researching a wide variety of topics in African American history.
This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this subject or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.
What are reference books good for? A lot!
Search a selection of print and electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other Reference books.
An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges. All of these call numbers will be located on the 4th floor of the library.
E184.5 - E185.98 - United States, Elements in the Population, Afro-Americans
HT851 - HT1445 - Classes, Slavery
HT1501 - HT1595 - Races, including race as a social group and race relations
To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
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Subject headings allow you to find books according to precisely defined topics.
Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject" to browse a list of subjects.
You can start browsing for a broad subject like African Americans, then look for more specific subjects, such as African Americans Historians.
Once you know some subject headings, you can also use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.