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ENG 247: African American Literature II

Journals & Magazines

Library Databases

Tip: Use search terms: African American literature or search by author name, work title, movement, and/or time period.

Keywords and Themes

Here's some keywords to use in your searches. Remember to use terms that will narrow your search! 

  • A. Philip Randolph
  • AfriCOBRA
  • Afrofuturism
  • Alain LeRoy Locke
  • Alice Walker
  • Amiri Baraka 
  • August Wilson
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Black Aesthetic
  • Black Arts Movement (BAM) 
  • Black Panther Party (BPP)
  • Black Pride
  • Black Arts Repertory Theatre and School (BARTS)
  • Black Wall Street
  • Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP)
  • Civil Rights Movement/Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Claude McKay
  • Community Reinvestment Act of 1977
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Creole
  • Ella Baker
  • Emmett Till
  • Fair Housing Act of 1968 
  • Federal Writer's Project (FWP)
  • Freedom Riders
  • Freedom Songs
  • Freedomways
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Harlem Hellfighters
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Harlem Writers Guild
  • Hoyt W. Fuller
  • Ishmael Reed
  • James Baldwin
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • Jim Crow
  • John Lewis
  • Julian Bond
  • June Jordan
  • Langston Hughes
  • Lawrence "Larry" Neal
  • Lorraine Vivian Hansberry 
  • Loving v. Virginia (1967)
  • Lynching/anti-lynching
  • Mamie Till
  • March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
  • Malcolm X
  • Marvin X
  • Maya Angelou
  • Medgar Evers 
  • National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
  • Nella Larsen
  • Negro Digest
  • Nina Simone
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Ntozake Shange
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Organization of Black American Culture
  • Pan-Africanism
  • Paul Lawrence Dunbar
  • Pullman Company
  • Quincy Troupe
  • Rainbow Coalition
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Richard Wright
  • Rosa Guy
  • Roy Wilkins 
  • Shelley v. Kraemer (1948)
  • Sit-in or Sit-down
  • Sonia Sanchez
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • "Southern Manifesto"
  • Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  • Shirley Graham Du Bois
  • The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
  • The Great Migration
  • The Negro Motorist Green Book (The Green Book)
  • Toni Morrison
  • Umbra Workshop
  • Victor Hugo Green
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 
  • W.E.B. Du Bois 
  • Works Progress Administration (WPA)
  • Zadie Smith
  • Zora Neale Hurston 

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources

What the difference between a primary, secondary, and tertiary source?

  • Primary sources are created as close to the original event or phenomenon as it is possible to be. For example, a photograph or video of an event is a primary source. Data from an experiment is a primary source.
  • Secondary sources are one step removed from that. Secondary sources are based on or about the primary sources. For example, articles and books in which authors interpret data from another research team's experiment or archival footage of an event are usually considered secondary sources.
  • Tertiary sources are one further step removed from that. Tertiary sources summarize or synthesize the research in secondary sources. For example, textbooks and reference books are tertiary sources (Text in this section from Suny Empire College's guide: Research Skills Tutorial).

Why is this important?

  • For your research assignments, you are asked to find primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. You'll need to be able to recognize the difference between all three. Remember primary sources are about the event. Secondary sources analyze the event and interpret another author's work. Tertiary sources summarize events from other authors after the event has occurred. 

External Databases & Indexes

E-Books & Encyclopedias