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History: African American: Books & Resources

Libraries Research Guide: African American History

Searching the library catalog: African American History

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The Online Catalog provides access to books, magazines, Reserve material, audio-visual material (for example, videos), and web resources Search by subject or keyword.

Most books on African American history will be found in the 900's circulating collection.

Suggested subject search terms: blacks, african american, negroes, negro, african americans chicago, harlem, african americans sources. 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.

Examples of keyword search terms: african american, freedmen, plantation, slavery, slaves and virginia.

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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.


Additional atlases can be found in the Online Catalog including cultural and history atlases of specific areas of the world.

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