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History: African American: Books & Resources

Libraries Research Guide: African American History

Searching the library catalog: African American History

Online catalog - access to books, magazines, reserve material, videos, and web resources.

Quick search of the online catalog:


Search tips:

  • Search by subject or keyword.
  • Examples of keyword search terms: african american, freedmen, plantation, slavery, slaves and virginia.
  • Examples of Subject search terms: blacks, african american, negroes, negro, harlem.. 
  • Subject headings have changed throughout time; depends on when book was written and catalogued. You may want to check several of these.
  • Note: the subject heading of sources - usually indicates primary source material.

Browsing? You might start with call numbers 973-976.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

The Madison Area Technical College Libraries are happy to try and obtain material from other libraries for you.

We can also transfer materials between our campus libraries.

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