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African American Studies Research Guide

Resources for researching African American culture and history at the Emory Libraries.

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Emory University

Georgia & Other Universities

Subject Headings

Books in libraries are assigned subject headings - standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if you enter different search terms.  

When you find a good book on your topic, click on the subject headings assigned to that book in discoverE to find other titles on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new search.

Examples of subject heading searches:

Book Awards

Browse recent book award winners in the field:

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards 

Recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. 

BCALA Literary Awards 

Presented by the National Conference of African American Librarians. Categories awarded include First Novelist, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration.

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards 

Recognizes elementary and secondary works in African American Studies.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards 

Recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

Darlene Clark Hine Award 

Given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in African American women's and gender history. 

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 

Recognizes rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level.

Frederick Douglass Book Prize 

Book prize sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University

Go On Girl! Book Club Annual Author Awards 

Nationally recognized reading club committed to fostering an awareness of and appreciation for the diverse literary works by authors of the Black Diaspora.

Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards 

Honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe.

NAACP Image Awards: Literary 

Celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Hooks Institute National Book Award 

Book Award is given to the book that best furthers our understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.

Phillis Wheatley Book Award 

Presented by the Harlem Book fair for works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult fiction.

W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award 

Awards books, whose subjects in some way grapple with fundamental questions of political power, race, and other intersections of oppression.

Adapted from Northwestern University Libraries African American Studies Research Guide

Requests and Recalls

If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College, at the Library Service Center, or checked out, don't fear!

Books that are at the Library Service Center or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.

In Library Search:

  1. Click the item you'd like to request
  2. Click the "Locate/Request" button
  3. Click the "Request Physical Item" link [Note: you will need to be logged in to your account for this to appear]

You'll be notified by email when the item is available.

NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has ten days to return it.

Call Numbers (Finding Books in the Stacks)

Most of the Emory libraries use the Library of Congress classification system of letters and numbers to group materials by subject. These call numbers are listed in discoverE and marked on each book. Use our call number guide to find out which floor of the library has the book you need.