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 Americans of African descent in history and politics, 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.
To broaden your results to materials that are likely to cover other demographics, a search term like ethnicity, "ethnic groups," "racial differences," or minorities may be effective.
As an example, here are just a few of the subject terms we noted when retrieving the books listed on this page:
|African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History||African Americans -- Civil rights -- History|
|African Americans -- Race identity -- History -- 20th century||Harlem Renaissance|
|African American intellectuals -- History -- 20th century||Black power -- United States|
|African Americans -- Politics and government||African Americans -- Migrations|
|Discrimination in housing -- Government policy||Protest movements -- United States|
|Racism in criminology -- United States||Segregation|
|Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States||African American prisoners -- United States|
|Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States||Civil rights workers -- United States|