HIST 3322/ 4333/ 5386: African American Civil Rights Movement

Get started researching topics in the history of the African American Civil Rights Movement.


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Kristina Claunch
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This guide is intended to help you begin researching the history of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

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.

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Reference Books

What are reference books good for? A lot!

  • Verify facts (with more authority than Wikipedia)!
  • Browse contextual essays for inspiration in finding a research paper topic.
  • Read topical entries to increase your background knowledge of a topic.
  • Read essays, topical entries, and bibliographies to refine your topic into a focused research question
  • Quickly access timelines of events, maps, key primary documents, extensive bibliographies (that is, lists of key books and articles on focused topics), and more to supplement your research and help you decide what sources to read next.
  • When you're reading primary sources, use a historical dictionary to find definitions of or context for slang words or unfamiliar cultural references.

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  Search with Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower 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."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Civil Rights, then look for more specific subjects, such as Civil Rights Movements United States.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

Browse the Collection

You can browse for books on the history of the black civil rights movement in the U.S. in this call number range:

E184.5 - E185.98 (4th floor)

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Other Books (A Sampling)

The following list represents only a small sampling of books in the Library about the Civil Rights movement. Search for more books about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement...


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