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AFRA381: Black Men in the Streets and in Prison

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Finding African American Material in DELCAT Discovery

  • DELCAT Discovery uses the term African Americans when referring to Black citizens of the United States and Blacks when discussing black people internationally.
  • Always start by conducting a keyword search for your specific topic, and then broaden your search to find additional material. For example, if you were researching Nat Turner's rebellion, you could search for Nat Turner or Southampton Insurrection. For additional materials, you could search for slave insurrections.
  • To obtain book-length autobiographies and biographies search using the individual's name as a subject. For example, to locate books about Iceberg Slim, you would use the DELCAT Discovery Advanced Search option, change the dropdown menu to Subject,  then enter Iceberg SlimAnother way to do this using the basic search mode is to simply add the prefix su: to your search.  For example, su:Iceberg Slim.
  • To limit your search to primary source materials, conduct a keyword search using words that pertain to the format of the material. Format terms include: autobiographies, correspondence, diaries, letters, manuscripts, narratives, papers, sources and speeches. A sample keyword search: African American prisoners and autobiographies.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

You may search using specific subject headings related to your topic.  For assistance in selecting headings to locate books, refer to the Library of Congress Subject Headings or Ask a  Librarian. Below are sample subject headings:

African American men--Social conditions
African American prisoners
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Employment--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--19th century
African Americans--Politics and suffrage
African Americans--Social conditions
Convict labor--Southern states
Crime and race--United States
Criminal justice, administration--United States--History--19th century
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Imprisonment--California--Los Angeles--History
Masculinity in popular culture
Prison-industrial complex--United States
Racism in education
Segregation in education
Stagolee (legendary character)
Villains in popular culture