HUM 504: Images Of Black Americans

Professor Paul Udofia

Racial stereotypes of black soldiers

This guide is designed to help you research images of Black Americans topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • "Black images" (you can substitute "African American" for "black" when searching)
  • “Black stereotypes”
  • "Black women"
  • "Civil rights"
  • "Media" and "Race"
  • “Media stereotypes”

New Books

Media and Minorities: PN1995.9.M56 L37 2006

Walking Proud: HQ801.S61 2001

Taking Sides: clashing views on controversial issues in media and society: HN90.M3 T35 2003

Reference Books

Africana: Civil Rights: an A-Z reference of the movement that changed America, Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, 2004. Ref. E185.61 .A37 2004x
American Civil Rights: Almanac, Detroit, Mich. : U-X-L, 1999. Ref. JC599.U5 E54 1999
American Civil Rights: Biographies, Detroit, Mich. : U-X-L., 1999. Ref. E184.A1 E594 1999
Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America, Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe Reference, 1998. Ref. 185.61 .E544 1998
Facing History: the Black Image in American Art, 1710-1940, by Gary C. McElroy, San Francisco : Bedford Arts, 1990. Ref. N8232 .M44 1990
Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: an interpretive history of Blacks in American films, by Donald Bogle, New York : Continuum, 1994. Ref. PN1995.9.N4 B6 1994


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about
  • Newsweek
  • Time
  • Us & World Report


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 700 articles mentioning "black images", 300 articles mentioning "black stereotypes", 25 articles mentioning "black women and images", 14,900 articles mentioning "civil rights" and 1,200 using "media" and "race" and over 280 article mentioning "media and stereotypes".
The African American Experience is the definitive electronic research tool for African American history and culture. Over 1,200 articles mentioning "black images", 900 articles mentioning "black stereotypes", 900 articles mentioning "black women and images", 8,000 articles on "civil rights", 1,200 article using "media" and "race" and 380 articles mentioning "media and stereotypes".
Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Has
Over 500 articles mentioning "black images", 300 articles mentioning "black stereotypes", 50 articles mentioning "black women and images", 4,800 articles on "civil rights", 1,500 article using "media" and "race" and 300 articles mentioning "media and stereotypes".

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/13/07 by William Hoag: