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ENGL 4355/5355 20th Century African American Literature: Books

Reference Books

Finding Books

          Muntz Library's holdings include print books, ebooks, UT Tyler                                 dissertations and theses. 

           The best resources for finding books in our collection are:

      • SwoopSearch (filtering for catalog-only items)

      • WorldCat (catalogue of libraries world-wide)

You can also try Google Books

         if the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some  cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy

Finding Primary Sources in the Catalog

“A PRIMARY SOURCE is firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. The nature and value of a source cannot be determined without reference to the topic and questions it is meant to answer. The same document, or other piece of evidence, may be a primary source in one investigation and secondary in another. The search for primary sources does not, therefore, automatically include or exclude any category of records or documents.” (Yale University Library)

Primary sources may include diaries, letters, speeches, interviews, autobiographies, personal narratives, eyewitness accounts, memoirs, or government documents. They may be published or unpublished, printed or handwritten, on microfilm or fiche or online.

Start your search in the UT Tyler catalog with a subject or keyword subject, then enter one of the following words as a separate subject, then click on search.  

                            • Correspondence     • Diaries

                               • Interviews                • Personal narratives

                               • Sources [will pull up collections of documents]

You may also want to try for certain keywords in the title, usually the subtitle, such as "documentary history," "letters," or "papers." You will almost certainly get some false hits, but you can weed through them.


Databases with Full-Text Books

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