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Black History Research Guide: Home

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This guide is designed to assist students interested in Black History subjects, theories, and literature with locating Library resources for their research assignments. The guide is organized into steps that cover the basic research process for locating and citing relevant sources used in writing a paper or other projects. For general research assistance other than black history sources, view the links listed under Research Tools.

Subject keyword search terms related to Black History Sources include:

African American Women • African Religion • African American Men • African American Education • Civil Rights Movements • Black Power • Black Nationalism • African Folklore • Haiti •  African American Arts • African American Actors • African American Entertainers • African Americans in the Performing Arts • Vodou • Ethnology Africa • Blacks Latin America • African Diaspora • Blacks Race Identity • Rap Musicians United States • Hip Hip • Rap • Rhythm and Blues Music • Cooking, African • American Literature African American Authors • Harlem Renaissance • Segregation • Race Discrimination • Black Panther Party • African Americans. World War, 1939-1945 • Martin Luther King Jr • Ida B. Wells • Langston Hughes • Rosa Parks • Malcolm X • Nelson Mandela • Harriet Tubman• African American Studies • Black Lives Matter Movement • African American Youth 


Finding Books

 Finding Books

Books, eBooks, and other Library materials can be searched using the Online Catalog.  You can search the catalog by Subject such as African American History.  There are two main categories of books: general and reference. General books (located in the "Stacks" on the lower floor) can be checked out and are often used for more in-depth research. Reference books (located on the upper floor) do not circulate but can be useful for acquiring an overview on a topic.

A few selected Library reference titles for Black History Research and Literature are listed below:  (Titles for Hist 153 Callahan)

Books for History 153: Callahan

  Below are books found within our catalog for Dr. Callahan's History 153 Class:

Finding Articles

 Finding Articles

The Library subscribes to online databases that provide access to full-text magazines, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, and eBooks. Since databases are subscriptions that contain copyrighted written materials, off-campus access is password protected. To search from home you will first need to log in using your MyVVC credentials. The following databases are suggested for Black History related research:

Specific Journals/Magazines

Finding Web Sites

 Web Resources

Some recommended web sites for Black History resources are listed below:

Agencies and Organizations:

Instructor Reserves

 Instructor Reserves

The Library maintains a collection of instructor reserve materials. These consist of textbooks, videos, and supplemental course materials that instructors have put in the Library for student use.  For example, to find what materials are available for English, search Course Reserves in the Online Catalog. It is best to search by "Course Number" (ex. HIST 153) in that an instructor other than yours may have placed an item on reserve. Materials can be requested at the Periodicals counter and generally must be used in the Library on a two-hour loan period. Photocopy machines are available for 10¢ a copy.

Citing Sources

 Citing Sources and Plagiarism

The most common way to cite sources is to use a bibliography or "Works Cited" list at the end of your paper. The works cited list includes a citation for each of the sources you used to write your paper. The citations are formatted in a consistent style according to one of several standard citation formats. The two most common citation formats for college research papers are: (1) The APA Publication Manual (American Psychological Association) - predominately used in Social Sciences and (2) The MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association) - predominately used in Humanities and Liberal Arts. Copies of the MLA Handbook (LB 2369 G53 2016) and the APA Manual (BF76.7 .P83 2010) are available in the Library stacks and the reference collection. An abbreviated version of each style is also on the Library's website under "Research Tools" - MLA or APA. The abbreviated version contains examples for citing full-text articles from online databases and other selected sources. If you are unsure about when and why it is necessary to cite sources, see "Understanding Plagiarism" for a concise overview. Assistance with writing your paper is available at the VVC Writing Center. Always check with your instructor for the required citation format.