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African American Life

Tips for Searching in This Topic

Search Tip #1

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 and their contributions to science and medicine, access to health care and more, start with the search term "African Americans" then add a second or even third search term.


  • "African Americans" AND "public health"
  • "African Americans" AND nutrition
  • "African American Women" AND NASA

Search Tip #2

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.

Search Tip #3

As an example, here are just a few of the subject terms we noted when retrieving the books listed on this page:

Minorities -- Health and hygiene -- United States Minorities -- Medical care -- United States
Health services accessibility -- United States Discrimination in medical care -- United States
Medicine -- Vocational guidance Women in science
Racism in higher education Discrimination in higher education
African American women -- Education African American women scientists
African Americans -- Medical care -- History African Americans -- Medical care -- Social aspects -- United States
Equality -- Health aspects -- United States Health and race -- United States
Minorities in science -- United States Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- United States
Science -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States

College students, Black -- United States

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