The Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1970

Background Sources in Print

There are many specialized encyclopedias, indexes, and other reference sources with information about the Civil Rights Movement in America. These sources cannot be checked out.  They are located in the Reference area on the 1st Floor of Rivera Library.  Encyclopedia articles give an overview of a topic.  Browsing through them can give you ideas for your research focus.    Most provide a bibliography of sources that can give you a jump start on your research. Here is a sampling: 


Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America
Ref.  E185.61.E544 1998
The Civil Rights Movement: an Eyewitness History Ref.  E185.61.W548 1993

The Civil Rights Movement
Ref  E185.61.L519 1998
Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights Ref  E185.61.E54 1992

American Civil Rights Almanac (2 vols.)
Ref JC599.U5E54 1999
Civil Rights in America 1500 to the Present Ref  JC599.U5S53
Encyclopedia of African American Religions Ref BR563.N4E53
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America (3 vols.) Ref E49.R33 2000
Reference Library of Black America Ref E185.P56 1990

Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics
Ref E184.A1E574 2000
Civil Rights in the United States (2 vols.) Ref E184.A1C47 2000 
American civil Rights:  Primary Sources Ref E184.A1A56 1999
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America:  Primary Documents Ref  E184.A1G15 1999

Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Ref E185.61.D64 1992
The Muslim Almanac Ref  BP40.M83 1996
Black Women in America Ref. E185.86 N68 1999

To find BOOKS at UCR, use the SCOTTY catalog:  

Search by keyword for materials on a particular topic. 
To retrieve variations of a word, use *   
Example:  freedom ride* will retrieve freedom rides, freedom riders 
Narrow your search by using subject headings  and / or by limiting by year, language, books only.   
Remember, a "subject" search must use official "subject headings".  Here are some examples:
Use the California Digital Library's MELVYL Catalog to locate books at other UC campus libraries.

To find SCHOLARLY JOURNAL and MAGAZINE articles, use a periodical index / database:

Start with:                                                                                                        
Academic Search Complete: 1984 - present contains references to both scholarly journals and popular magazines. It's a good, general-purpose database when getting started looking for articles on a topic.

Then try:  America, History and Life  and  Arts & Humanities Citation Index - indexes scholarly journals from 1975.     

Search for information in one or more of the specialized databases, depending upon your topic:  

Sociological focus: Sociological Abstracts
Political Science focus, check our Databases by Subject Page for:  PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)  
Relating to women, check our Databases by Subject Page:  Ethnic & Women/Gender Studies                                                                

Primary Source Materials:

Index to Periodical Articles by and About Negroes (1960-1972) Ref. AI3.O432
Index to Periodical Articles by and About Blacks (1973-1983)
 Ref. AI3.O432             

Index to Black Periodicals (1984-2000)
 Ref. AI3.O432
Pittsburgh Courier (1923-1974)  Microfilm  (Rivera basement)
New York Times Index Ref. AI21.N44
New York Times Personal Name Index(1851-1974) Ref.  AI21.N442
Kaiser Index to Black Resources (1948-1986) Ref.  Z1361.N39 K34 1992


To find relevant websites:            

Begin your Web surfing from a good "mega-site":

. . .  or  . . .

do a SPECIFIC search in an Internet search engine (Google, HotBot, Northern Light, etc.)

For more research assistance, including guides for citing sources, check out the Research Help page. 
One final note, Reference Librarians  are here to consult with you.   PLEASE  ask us for assistance if you get stuck or confused at any point in the research process!

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Last modified: 12/15/2014 6:50 PM by J. Mason