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African American Studies

Background Information

Background Information

Background and reference information can be very helpful when preparing to do research. It can help you narrow your topic into something you can research for a paper. It can also provide key names, dates, and terms for you to focus on.


When searching for books in the UTA Libraries catalog, I recommend using the Advanced Search function and take advantage of the multiple search lines to capture different concepts rather than using a phrase.

For example, rather than doing a search for "reparations for Black Americans," you can search for


[AND]   Black OR "african american" OR "african americans"

Then under Content type, you can click Book/ eBook to limit your search to only books in our collection on your topic.

View that search here, and try your own.

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