Getting Started

Painting by Aaron Douglass, Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction, 1934

Getting Started

Reference Sources
A reference source is a great place to start your research. Reference sources give us a general overview of the subject and provide more context before exploring additional sources.

Britannica Academic Encyclopedia content plus multimedia, timelines, world data analyst, country comparison, and the Britannica blog.

Wikipedia Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Search the Catalog

Primo OneSearch 
Search the library catalog to find physical books, eBooks, periodicals and more.

Select Keywords and Subject Headings
You can use these recommended keyword/subject terms to help guide your research:

- African Americans

- African American literature

- Harlem Renaissance

- slave narratives

Search the Databases

You can browse the A-Z Database List to see a full list of library databases available through the Ruth A. Myers Library.

Recommended Databases

Academic Journals
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Provides full text articles from over 4,600 publications, covering a wide range of academic subjects.

Primary Sources

Britannica Original Sources A compilation of more than 420,000 primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images across a variety of subject areas.

Films Media Group Archival Films & Newsreels Collection Provides over 13,000 video clips and over 5,000 full-length videos of archival and historical films from historic newsreels, recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs.

News Sources
New York Times Website Full access to and the NYT mobile app for all current FDLTCC students, staff and faculty. Follow the library’s New York Times guide to create your account.

ProQuest U.S. Newsstream U.S. news content as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s from national and regional news sources including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Web Sources

African American Writers of the 19th Century / New York Public Library: includes a digital collection of published works by 19th-century black women writers, biographies for each author, citations and much more.

North American Slave Narratives / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of Black people struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.

Contact the Library

Keith Cich
Ruth A. Myers Library



Literature of Slavery & Freedom: 1746-1865

Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance: 1865-1919

The Harlem Renaissance: 1919-1940

Contemporary Authors