African American Studies

Finding Books| African American Index/Databases | Reference Books

Finding Books

The main library catalog provides information on all the materials that the library owns; videos, and music recordings, in addition to books. 

I-Share is the shared catalog of the over 70 university and college libraries that belong to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).  You can use the I-Share catalog to see if books, videos or DVD’s are available for you to request to be sent here.  (You use a different procedure to get copies of articles.)  Items available in the I-Share catalog can be requested directly through a catalog link for delivery to Bradley at no charge.

Worldcat is the 3rd library catalog provided.   Worldcat is catalog that lists what materials are available through thousands of libraries located all throughout the world.   If a book, video  or DVD is not available through the Bradley library or I-Share, then Worldcat has a built in form for borrowing the item through the interlibrary loan office.

Reference Books

  • African-American Almanac E185.5 .N34 2007 This 10th edition contains broad subject areas covering civil rights, black nationalism, population, religion, literature, music, science and technology, and sports, among others. Also includes a chronology, dating back to 1492.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1619 - 1895 REF E185 .E545 2006 Three volume set contains 1300 alphabetically arranged articles ranging from three paragraphs to longer articles.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Politics REF E185 .S58155 2003 This title focuses on more than 450 events, people, organizations, and policies that have affected the political history of African Americans from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Society REF E185 .E546 2005 This two-volume set contains more than 700 alphabetically arranged articles to provide readers with background information on the history and place of African Americans in this country's cultural and economic matrix.
  • Encyclopedia of Black Studies REF E185 .E554 2005 In addition to serving as a chronicle of black culture and black people, this encyclopedia deals with the emergence and maturity of the intellectual field of "black studies" over the past four decades.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America REF E184 .A1 G14 2000 Essays on approximately 150 culture groups of the United States.
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights REF E185.61 .E54 2003 Provides over 800 entries on the most significant people, organizations, events, and court cases of the Civil Rights Movement. A brief bibliographic list is included after each entry.

Todd Spires
Collection Development Librarian

Library 101
(309) 677-2841
tspires@fsmail.bradley.edu