A search term can be used in combination with another search term to improve the relevance of your search results in databases, the Library's Discover and Catalog searches, and even in Google and other search engines.
To find materials about the arts and cultural aspects of Americans of African descent, start with the search term "African Americans" then add a second or even third search term.
Try searching "African Americans" as a subject instead of a keyword to limit results to materials that are about African Americans. A keyword search only means that your searched term appears somewhere in the text of the books and articles in your results.
As an example, here are just a few of the subject terms we noted when retrieving the books listed on this page:
|African Americans in the performing arts||African Americans -- Race identity|
|American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism||African Americans -- Intellectual life|
|American poetry -- African American authors||Essays -- African American authors|
|Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- African American authors||Essays -- Women authors|
|African American aesthetics||Harlem Renaissance|