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African American Studies Research Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist with research on topics related to African American Studies. 


bus boycott

African Americans walk to work instead of riding the bus during the third month of an eventual 381-day bus boycott, Montgomery, Alabama, February 1956.  Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

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LC Subject Headings LC Subject Headings
African Americans African Americans--Economic Conditions
African-Americans--Religion African Americans in Literature
African-Americans--Education--Virginia American Literature-- African American Authors
African Americans--Civil rights African American Business Enterprises
Slavery Blacks--Race Identity
Jim Crow Black Power
Abolition  African American Theater
Harlem Renaissance African American Philosophy 

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Primary Research- the original materials, data sets, and statistics on which other research is based. (Health Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering) Definition: University of Minnesota Libraries

Primary Source-  the original documents and first-hand evidence written during the time that the historical event was occurring. (History, Humanities, Social Sciences)

Secondary Source- materials (book or article) that provide a summary, discussion, or analysis of the primary sources.

Examples of Primary Sources


  court decisions, diaries/memoirs, eye-witness accounts, government     documents, letters, newspapers, pamphlets, statistics, treaties, vital records   (birth certificates, naturalization records, marriage licenses, etc.)


  interviews, music, sermons, speeches


  drawings, films, maps, paintings, photographs, political cartoons, posters

artifacts (or relics)

  clothing, furniture, inventions, pottery, sculpture, tools

Videos from the Web

Instructional Content

Locating Political Cartoons in HarpWeek

Video created by TCC Librarians in Spring of 2020 and is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 


Video created by TCC Librarians, March 2020. Licensed under  CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Oxford African American Studies Center

This video provides a brief overview of the database Oxford African American Studies Center.

Nineteenth Century Newspapers (3:15)

Video created by TCC Librarians, July 2020 and is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 

Content created by TCC Libraries is licensed as CC BY 4.0