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Use the tabs below to locate books, databases, and websites covering African-American history from 1877 to the present

Welcome to Your History Research Study Guide

Welcome to the History Research Guide. This guide is intended to help you learn about a variety of resources useful for conducting historical research and to provide you with tools to assist you in the following: 

Finding books & ebooks in the Library
Finding reference materials
Finding articles through the databases
Finding primary sources
Citing sources using the Chicago Manual of Style

Before starting your research, make a list of the main concepts you want to learn about and identify the “keywords” that represent and describe these concepts. Consider alternative spellings, synonyms, acronyms and related terms for your keywords. Check the "Help" pages of each database to find out more about refining your search results.

Search Tips

Use the following  terms and subject headings in the Online Catalog. The "Find Reference Books" tab in this guide is also helpful . The following are a good starting point to start your reseach:

  • African American Scientists
  • African American Inventors
  • African Americans Military
  • African American Musicians
  • African American History
  • Afro-American History
  • Afro-Americans Biography

Reference Books
Check the reference materials list for ideas and for biographies. Once you have the name of the person, search under the name of the person in the Online Catalog and the databases.

Click on the “Find Articles” tab in this guide. The page lists recommended databases to use in order to find biographical information about African Americans and other topics. Be sure to ask the librarian for help if you cannot locate enough information on your topic.

Subject Guide

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