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African American Literature


Finding Books

This Guide is intended to help identify resources for both basic and advanced research in African American literature.

Books in BC Libraries

Someone conducting literary research on aspects of African American literature will very likely need to consult a number of relevant scholarly critical works. It is advisable to check the holdings of BC Libraries first and then the resources of other libraries.


The Library Catalog
Search the BC Library Catalog. BC Libraries have almost three million volumes and the collections pertaining to African American literature and other complementary topics are very good.

Try some Keyword(s) in Subject searches. For example, enter the following search terms in the search box below:

"African American authors"

"African American literature"

"African American" AND literature AND history

"Harlem Renaissance"

"Morrison, Toni"

Search the Catalog by Keyword(s) in Subject


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Jamaica Kincaid