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Where to Start - Black History Research

Need help? Find it with research guides! Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.

Black HiStory Research Guide

Search the library catalog and subject specific databases simultaneously in the box below.

Black History Discovery @ Tarleton

Article databases

For more focused research, use one of the recommended databases listed below.

African American Archives

African American Music Reference

America: History and Life

American West

Handbook of Texas

History Cooperative 


Lexis Nexis


Periodicals Archive Online

MORE: A to Z Database List
Databases Descriptions

Books, periodicals, videos, etc.

Tarleton State University Libraries Catalog

Tarleton Libraries offer a wide variety of research materials covering this specific subject. Search the catalog for books, government reports, journal titles, videos, cds, etc. Key word searching is available.

You can also locate research materials by browsing specific call number ranges on the shelves. Some relevant call number ranges include: E184.5-185.98, E441-453, and HT1501-1595.

Can’t find what you need in the catalog?  Ask a Librarian (in person, email, or call (254) 968-9249.  

eJournals  Check Full Text Finder


Dissertations and theses

Dissertations and Theses - Full Text (Proquest)

Professional Journals

Black History Bulletin

The Journal of African American History


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Christy Tabors

Christy Tabors
Reference Department - Office 110C
phone: 254-968-1898

Additional Help:

LC Call Number Area

[E185] - African Americans

Featured Ebook

Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia

Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia, by Lynn Rainville

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Interlibrary Loan

If you need items that the library does not own, request them through Interlibrary Loan.

(254) 968-9660.