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African American History: Overview

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This guide highlights resources focusing specifically on African American History. However, when researching African American History, general American History resources will also be of use.

Search Terms

Think about what search terms you are going to use.

  • You can search generally for African American, or Black  as keywords
  • Example search: African American identity OR Black identity
    • You can narrow your search by adding more specific or regional terms
      • e.g. African American Churches or Black Churches
      • e.g Somali-American or Somali AND immigration AND America
  • Remember: Terms change over time, so you may need to adjust search terms when using primary resource databases.