Pan African Studies 155: Guide to Library Research: Books

Finding Books

Search the Library Catalog - for books, videos, and archival materials that will help you identify informative and persuasive topics. Use the KEYWORD search if you aren't sure of the official Subject Headings for your topic.

Books may be searched in the Library Catalog by author, title, Library of Congress Subject Heading, or keywords.

Keyword searching allows the use of Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) and truncation/wildcards symbols (*, ?, etc.).

For books not held by the Oviatt Library, request an Interlibrary Loan, but allow about 2 weeks.

Some Subject Headings to consider are:

African Americans
African Americans--Claims
African American Authors
African American Churches
African American Gays
African American Soldiers
African Americans
African Americans--Education (Higher)
African Americans and Mass Media
African Americans--History
African Americans--Civil Rights
African Americans in Medicine
African American Women Authors
Civil Rights Demonstrations
Civil Rights Movement
Jackson, Jesse
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Rap Music
Sickle Cell Anemia
Slavery--United States
Women In Islam
X, Malcolm

Potential Keywords of interest may include:

african american* newspapers
african american* personal narratives
african american* diaries
african american* correspondence
african american* interviews

More Tips for Locating Books on Pan African Studies

- For information about a person:

* Do a Subject search with the last name first (for example: x, malcolm)

* Do a Author search on the author's name last name first (for example: West, Cornell)

- For books on a country, event or period:

* Do a combined Keyword search (south africa AND apartheid, for example)

- Do a Keyword search (march on washington, for example)

- Do a known Title (The Autobiography of Malcolm X, for example) and click on the Subject headings.

- Do a Subject search (Civil rights -- Alabama -- Montgomery. , for example).