Background Information - Reference Sources
For background information about your topic, or to look up facts, dates, terminology, or biographical information, look for reference sources.
Online: Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources: Types A-Z > select a type (atlases, biographical information, dictionaries, encyclopedias, image databases, etc.)
Printed reference sources:
african american* encyclopedias
harlem renaissance encyclopedias
harlem renaissance dictionaries
or ask for research assistance.
Guide to Finding Primary Sources
UCB Library Guide to Finding Primary Sources
- what types of primary sources do you want to find? books? mainstream magazine and newspaper articles? memoirs and autorbiographies? African American newspapers and journals? photographs? sound recordings? film? other?
- what information can you find out about your topic? especially useful would be:
- names of individuals
- names of organizations
- titles of journals/newspapers/books
- place names (ex: Small's Paradise)
- dates or date ranges
Other useful links
The Media Resources Center has a list of nonprint media relating to the Harlem Renaissance
along with many other videos and DVDs relating to African American Studies
A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials at the Library of Congress