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Gordon Parks 1942 photo of a Washington, DC charwoman, 1837 woodcut & 1963 photo of Julian Bond with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Citation & Writing Help
Historians generally use the Chicago Style format. For information to other citation formats see the Citing Sources guide.
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Additional information on researching history and on writing.
Starting Points: Books & eBooks
See the eBook FAQ for directions to limit your search to ebooks only.
- By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: seattle civil rights history
- By Title - Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "closer to freedom".
- By Author - Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "taylor quintard"
Starting Points: Journal Articles
The following research databases will help you identify articles in the field of history. Additional research databases are listed under Articles.
America: History & Life with Full Text This link opens in a new window
Best database to articles written on American & Canadian history
Black Studies Center This link opens in a new window
Multidisciplinary gateway to current scholarly and historical material on the Black experience in the United States, wider African diaspora, and the continent
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Fulltext collection of scholarly journals & books in all disciplines
Starting Points - Primary Sources
This is a small sampling of primary sources dealing with African American history. Additional sources are listed under Primary Sources.