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African American Studies: Books

a guide to resources

Finding Books

To find books at UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University or Western Carolina University, start with our catalog.  

Choose "Request Item" to have books from ASU or WCU delivered to UNC Asheville via ABC Express.

To find books beyond our library network, try WorldCat.

Materials not held within our network can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

It's usually best to start with a keyword search, but subject headings applied to relevant books can help to refine your results. Open the item record of a book that interests you.  Scroll down to the clickable subject headings, and run another search to explore similar books.

You can also browse the headings associated with a particular topic as a way of getting started with your research.

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Browsing by Call Number

 Books on topics related to Africana Studies fall within several call number ranges on our Upper Level:

General subject headings

E 185       - African Americans
This broad heading has numerous subdivisions.  For example:

African Americans - civil rights
African Americans - economic conditions
African Americans - history
African Americans - politics and government

Related subject headings will begin with the term African American.  For example:
African American art
African American authors
African American children
African American politicians
African American women

Other related subject headings:
African Diaspora
Civil rights movements - United States
Protest movements - United States

Persons as subject:  select a subject search and enter last name first.  For example:

King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Du Bois, W.E.B.
Wells-Barnett, Ida B.

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