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Black / African American Health Resources

Starting Your Research

Keyword Search Strategies

When books and articles were written and cataloged in the past, terms were used that we now would consider somewhat outdated. Remember, to make certain you are searching comprehensively, it is sometimes necessary to use terms that were commonplace in the past. Below are some examples of keywords to search when using the library catalog or the research databases.

You may want to consider combining keywords to narrow your search. Below are some examples:

  • African Americans and educational attainment

  • Civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Blacks and mental health

Blacks

African Americans

Negroes

Harlem

Black Americans

Afro-Americans

Black Power 

Afro-American Studies

Black Studies

African American Studies

Africana Studies

African Dispora Studies

Africology

Afrocentricity

Civil Rights Movement

Black Panthers

You may want to consider combining keywords to narrow your search. 

  • African Americans AND educational attainment

  • Civil rights movement AND Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Blacks AND mental health

You can also broaden your search by adding OR between the keywords or phrases:

  • African Americans OR Afro-Americans

  • Black Panthers OR Black Power


Searching by Subject

Once you find a book or journal article, check out the subject terms associated on the library catalog record. These subject terms are another good way to find additional sources.

Books

Books will have an abstract that contains subject terms.   You can click on any of the subject terms to locate more resources.

The subject headings will be located in the abstract.

 

Journal Articles

Journal articles will have an abstract that contains subject terms.  Often it also contains keywords that you can use to create a new search.   You can click on any of the subject terms to locate more resources.

Journal articles will have an abstract that contains subject terms.  Often it also contains keywords that you can use to search.   You can click on any of the subject terms to locate more resources.