Discover African-American History With Our Databases

Our databases are a great tool for learning about African-American history!  You can look at the databases here in the library, from at home, or anywhere you have an internet connection!  All you need in order to access them are your library card number and your password.

Check out Biography in Context for biographical information, images, articles, videos, and more, on famous African-Americans.

Octavia Butler – Accessed using Biography in Context

Searching for “African-Americans” or “African-American history” will bring up topic pages in our Britannica & Credo Reference databases (accessible here) which are great jumping off points for research, images, and more.  You can also do more focused searches on specific movements or individuals as well.  The Britannica database is maintained by the very same company that puts out the Encyclopedia Britannica in print.  All of the information you’ll find in Credo Reference comes from published books – the books that were used on any given page are listed at the bottom.


Selma March – Accessed using Britannica Online

NoveList and Books & Authors can help you find books with African-American characters as well.  Try this sample search in Books & Authors or do a subject search for “African-Americans” in NoveList!  You can get more specific in either database, refining by limiters like age, genre, and more!


If you’re having trouble figuring out how to use any of these resources, our staff are always happy to answer questions about our databases!

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