African American & Diaspora Studies Resources: Finding Books

Book Catalogs

Image result for hathitrust logoHathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust Digital Library includes full-text of materials, many out of copyright (1923 or before), and records of later materials to the Vanderbilt community from the a partnership of major U.S. academic and research libraries.

Google Books. Searches the full text of books and selected magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database. Most titles are no longer in print or commercially available.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A consortium of North American libraries that acquire and preserve newspapers, journals, documents, archives, etc. CRL holdings can be borrowed for extended periods via Interlibrary Loan.


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Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Subject heading searches can introduce you to a large number of books on a specific topic available in the libraries.

To get a sense of the breadth of our collections, try a "SUBJECT begins with" search in Library Catalog using one of the sample Library of Congress Subject Headings listed below:

Africans, Migrations African Americans in literature
African Diaspora Black theology
African Americans, Race Identity Racism in popular culture
African Americans in motion pictures African Americans in medicine
Africans, United States African Americans in popular culture
Race Relations Black nationalism

Browsing for Books

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  The following call # areas might be of interest to you:

BL 2390-2490  African religions                    
DT 160-177 North Africa
DT 365-469 Eastern Africa
DT 421-432.5 East Africa. British East Africa
DT 470-671 West Africa
DT 521-555.9 French West Africa
DT 546.1-549.49 French speaking Equatorial Africa
DT 591-615.9 Portuguese Speaking West Africa
DT 619-620.9 Spanish West Africa
DT 1701-2405 South Africa
DT 2831-2864 British Central Africa
E  184.5-185.98 Afro-Americans
E  441-453 Slavery in the United States. Antislavery Movements
F  1601-1629 West Indies
F  1861-1896 Jamaica
F  1900-1941 Haiti
F  2131-2133 British West Indies
F  2155-2191 Caribbean Area
F  2361-2391 Guyana
HT 1501-1595 Race
HS 1601-2265 Race societies
PL 8000-8009 African Languages and Literatures
PM 7831-7875 Creole Languages
PN 841 Black Literature - General
Z 3501-3875 Africa -  National Bibilography

Finding Books in Other Libraries?

There are thousands of library catalogs out there and only one of you.

It's time for every researcher's secret weapon:


WorldCat contains more than 125 million records describing items owned by U.S. libraries and libraries around the world.  

These items include books, manuscripts, musical scores, films, newspapers, etc.