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HIST 3359: African American History: books

A note about subject headings

When searching a database or the library catalog, use the following recommended keywords or subject words for African-American studies material:

"African-American" OR  "Afro-American" OR "Black" OR "Negro"

Different indexing words were used during different time periods, so the best search term depends on the publication date of the material.

To locate items from a variety of dates, string all of the various search term together like this:

(African-American OR Afro-American OR Black OR Negro)

Books on African American history are usually assigned the Library of Congress Call number E185.

You can also search by call number in the library catalog if you wish to browse in any particular area without checking the physical shelf in the library.  

More subject terms-


Great Migration

Civil Rights

Harlem Renaissance

Jim Crow





Background Information

Books from other libraries

If you are interested in books which are not owned by the Alkek Library, they can be requested via our Interlibrary Loan service and we will borrow them from another library.  This is a free service available to current Texas State Students, Faculty, Staff.  NOTE:  This process takes 7-10 days for books. 

To request a book, open our  ILLIAD link for interlibrary loan and fill out the online request form.

If you have not used the service before, just click near the bottom of the page at the "First time users" link to set up your free account. 

 WorldCat  is a database to look at to find out which libraries own books that might not be available in the Alkek Library.  Use the "request this item via ILL" link in each record to generate an ILL request to Texas State.

Library of Congress is a great source of information as well.  In addition to the extensive catalog of books, a lot of digital primary source materials and other information is available here as well.