African-American History

Waggoner Library African-American History Research Guide. Click on link below to jump to related topic

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Locating Books in the Online Catalog


The Online Catalog is your guide to book, periodical and media resources in the library.  On the Library homepage enter the topic you want searched in the 'Catalog Search' box. After typing in your word/phrase-select the tag for your topic; subject, author, title, keyword, or journal title. Simply click on the tag you want to search and the the 'Search' button.

Keyword V Subject Searching Keywords are searched by the database simply by matching the spelling of the word/phrase-NO meaning is attached.  Searching by subject (or author and title) will attach a meaning to the spelling creating a better result list.  If you cannot find any titles after searching by subject, enter your terms in as a keyword search.  This will broaden the search.

Advanced Keyword Search provides options to limit your search by location, type of resource, date, language. You can also search course reserves and Journal Titles as well as basic search options of Author, Title, and Subject.

Search Area Libraries  If you need book materials to supplement the TNU collection, click on the Search Area Libraries link on the Library web page.  This virtual online catalog [Athena] provides access to several local area libraries including Trevecca, MTSU, Vanderbilt, Nashville Public Library, and TSU. Retrieved titles can be ordered online for no cost.  They will be couried to Trevecca for pickup.  There is no cost. Also linked here is WorldCat providing searching of 10,000 libraries worldwide.

eBooks Over 85,000 full text eBooks are integrated into the library holdings and can be searched through the online catalog or directly from the database Web sites. Many can be download to an Ereader format and there is a small collection of audio books available.

Result List The search result list appears in the order a record was entered into the catalog.  The holdings line provides call number as well as indicates whether a book has been checked out by using the phrase “No copies available.”  Also included in the library holdings are e-books which are indicated by the phrase [electronic resource] in the title line.

Printing Copies are charged to your campus account [.08 per page] if you are logged into the TNU network. Otherwise it is .10 per page.

Circulating books  These are checked out at the Main Desk with a maximum of fifteen books and have a 28 day circulation time. Your TNU I.D. card serves as your library card. Books cannot be checked out from the Web site but can be renewed from the library website. From the library home page click on the “My Account” link on the menu. Follow instructions to view your account. The renew link will appear on the screen.  Books cannot be renewed if they are overdue.  Call 615.248.1214 for assistance.


Selected Subject Headings from the online catalog

  • African Americans Civil Rights Southern States History 20th Century
  • African Americans Civil Rights History
  • African Americans Civil Rights History 20th Century
  • African American Arts
  • African Americans History
  • African Americans Music
  • African American Women
  • Civil Rights African American
  • Civil Rights Movements Unites States History 20th Century
  • Civil Rights Movements Southern States History 20th Century
  • Slaves
  • Slavery Southern States
  • Slave's Writings American

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Selected Reference Works

This is not an exhaustive list

  • African-American Holiness Pentecostal movement : an annotated bibliography. ©1996. 
    Ref. BX 8762.5 .D87  
  • Black authors and illustrators of children's books: a biographical dictionary. ©1988. Ref. PN 1009.A1 R63 
  • Black firsts : 4,000 ground-breaking and pioneering historical events ©2003. Ref. E 185 .B574   
  • Black music in America : a bibliography. ©1981. Ref. ML 128.B45 S6   
  • Columbia guide to contemporary African American fiction ©2005. Ref. PS 374.N4 D533
  • Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history ©1996. Ref. E 185 .E54   
  • Encyclopedia of African American politics ©2003.   Ref. E 185 .S58  
  • Greenwood encyclopedia of African American civil rights: from emancipation to the twenty-first century. ©2003  Ref. E 185.61 .E54 
  • Harlem Renaissance : an annotated bibliography and commentary. ©1982. Ref. NX 511.N4 P4     


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If you know the journal title: 

From the library homepage, enter the name of the journal in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability.  If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint. Allow 7 days for receipt of the reprint.

If you are searching by subject:

Electronic Resources Link: Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link from the library homepage, then choose either

Accessing the databases off campus requires you to verify your Trevecca status by providing your name and the 11 digit barcode number from your student ID.

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Databases providing information on African American History



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Video/DVD available include

African-Americans Inventors ; from Dreams to Reality VHS 1510       
America's Dream  VHS 2442
Bell Hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation DVD HM 623 .B4 
Black, White and Angry produced by NBC News. VHS 1170
Bridge to Freedom, 1965 VHS 579
Democracy in a Different Voice with Lani Guinier.    VHS 848    
Do Blacks Lose by Winning at Sports?  VHS 2864     
Frederick Douglass, an American Life VHS 1188
Gospel music VHS 463; VHS 464  
The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980) VHS 586 
Legacy of a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. VHS 1257
Martin Luther King, "I have a dream" VHS 1260 
Martin Luther King: the Legacy.   VHS 1168 
Mississippi: is this America?, 1962-1964 VHS 578     
A Nation of Law? 1968-1972 VHS 585
No easy walk, 1961-1963 VHS 577
Roots of Rhythm DVD M 1681 .C8 R66  
Power! (1966-1968) VHS 582   
The Promised Land, 1967-1968 VHS 583   
Thurgood Marshall: Portrait of an American Hero. VHS 697
The Time has Come 1964-1966 VHS 580
Two Societies, 1965-1968 VHS 581
Browse a list of DVD/VHS from the online catalog.