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Black History & Black Lives Matter Collection: Resources

This guide highlights a selection of the black history education and research resources that are available to you. 

The university library has a strong collection of online archives covering a variety of primary sources and secondary sources, as well as many e-books. See below for details of these. We also hold a fascinating collection of archives and books in our own Archives and Special Collections.

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Black History 
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Database Highlights

Finding Resources using Library Search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more. Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.

You can use a range of different search terms to discover research material related to black history.  Terminology has changed over time and differing terms are used in different countries and at different times in history.

For example, in the UK, the terms BME (Black Minority Ethnic) and BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities) have been widely used, but are also widely criticised..

You can try the terms black or african american plus a country/region or subject topic, 

e.g. black music or african american employment

You can also search for specific topics such as race relations, slavery, racial anthropology, civil rights movement, etc.

Databases for Black History Research

Use the tabs to discover the different online databases available to you.

To access the full range of databases, use the Database A-Z List.

Online archives

Newspaper Collections

Proquest: African American / Black Historical Newspapers Collection

Black newspapers were on the frontlines of the civil rights movement. Organizing boycotts and nationwide protests, fighting discriminatory housing and employment practices, launching community clean-up campaigns, and advocating for improved health services for minorities, they gave voice and strength to communities often ignored by other media. The newspapers in this collection provide unique perspectives on local, national, and international events:

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