Biographical information on African Americans is abundantly available in the Morris Library. This select bibliography can be used to identify full-text information online, books, newspaper and periodical articles, and encyclopedia entries on this topic. A few good starting points are:
Autobiographical or biographical information can be found in periodicals or newspapers. Below are a few online indexes to periodicals and newspapers that can help you locate such information.
Often autobiographical or biographical information can be found in periodicals or newspapers. Below are a few indexes which can help you locate such information. Additional indexes are available in the Reference Department.
The following bibliographies, biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias and indexes may assist you in beginning your research. Some of these works also have occupational indexes which are useful for identifying individuals within a particular career.
To obtain book-length autobiographies and biographies, search DELCAT Discovery using the individual's name as a subject. For example, to locate books about Tupac Shakur, type su:tupac shakur
DELCAT Discovery uses the term African Americans when referring to black citizens of the United States and blacks when discussing black people internationally.
To find biographical information on African Americans in a particular career, use terms that refer to that career/subject area. For example, african american musicians and biograph*. Try many options such as: african american* and (musicians or rappers) and biography.
NOTE: The " * " in the above search retrieve words with different endings. For example, biograph* would retrieve the terms biographical, biographies and biography.
If you are interested in a certain career and/or subject area, search using subject headings that refer to that career. For assistance in selecting headings to locate books, refer to the Library of Congress Subject Headings or Ask a Librarian. Below is a sample list of subject headings you might use:
African American athletes
African American authors
African American inventors
African American musicians
African American physicians
African American scientists
African American women--Biography
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Social conditions
Authors, American--20th century
Novelists, American--20th Century
Racially mixed people
Slavery in the United States