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African American Studies: Finding Books

Subject Headings

Search DELCAT Discovery using specific subject headings for your topic. For help in selecting headings, refer to the Library of Congress Subject Headings or Ask a  Librarian. Sample subject headings include:

African American soldiers
African American women--Biography
African Americans--Biography
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Politics and suffrage
African Americans--Social conditions
Antislavery movements
Black Panther Party
Black power
Racially mixed people
Segregation in education
Slave insurrections
Slave trade
Slavery in the United States
Slavery in the United States--Condition of slaves
Slaves--Emancipation--United States
Slaves--United States--Biography
Underground railroad
United States. Colored troops
Women slaves


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Finding African American Material in DELCAT

    • 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 historical 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 Frederick Douglass, you would  type su: douglass frederick.
    • To limit your search to primary source materials, search using words that pertain to the format of the material. Format terms include: correspondence, diaries, letters, manuscripts, narratives, papers, sources and speeches. A sample keyword search: women slaves and narratives.

Interlibrary Loan

Books and other materials not held by the UD Library may be obtained by Interlibrary Loan. This service is available to UD faculty, students, and staff.

Requests may be submitted by going to Interlibrary Loan

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Carol Rudisell
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Subjects:Africana Studies, General Reference

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