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Black History: WKU Libraries Resources for Research


To find books in the collection, use the WKU Libraries catalog. You can search by the Title, the Author/Creator, Subject, or do a general keyword search. The catalog allows you to do Boolean searches (AND, OR, NOT) and specify whether your search results should only "contain" your search terms, or "start with" or be "exact" with your search. You can limit results by Publication Date, Language, Material Type (Books, Articles, Journal Titles, Images, Audiovisual Materials, or anything), or "Search Scope" - whether you want to search everything, just the catalog, view only online resources, search only EBSCOhost, search only KenCat, or search only TopSCHOLAR.

While you can search for books and articles using the One-Search catalog, it is recommended you use the databases below when searching for articles to ensure your results are comprehensive and manageable.

For more databases, see the WKU Libraries Databases page or the History LibGuide for Articles/Databases.

Books on African American Women

Recommended Secondary Sources

Below are some recommended secondary sources from the creators of the Colored Conventions Movement Project at the University of Delaware library:

Books About African American Newspapers

The following are recommended guides to the history of the African American press.

Selected Regional Secondary Sources

Faculty Subject Specialist

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Dan Forrest
Cravens Library, Room 606
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Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101