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American History: Black History

February is Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month. Dr. Carter G. Woodson created the observance, which began as Negro History Week, in 1926. Learn more. 


Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985, is a series available through Films on Demand in GALILEO. To view it off campus, you will need the GALILEO password. Ask for it in person at your CPTC library, or send an email using your CPTC account. More Black History Month videos.

Selected Journals

Find scholarly journals in GALILEO. If you're accessing GALILEO off campus, you will need the password. Ask for it in person at your CPTC library or via email using your CPTC account. Our librarians are available to help you learn how to use GALILEO to find the resources you need.




Research Tips

A primary source was written or created by someone who was a participant or witness to the event. Examples of primary sources include diaries/journals, letters, speeches, autobiographies, news footage of an event as it happened, or artifacts (such as pottery, or a quilt). Ask yourself, "Did the writer or creator witness or experience the event?"

A secondary source is not a first-hand or eyewitness account. This source is one step removed from the primary source. It's written after the fact. Think of a secondary source as an interpretation or analysis of a primary source. A journal article may rely on primary sources, but the article itself is a secondary source. An author who studies the speeches and diaries of a subject, and then writes a book, is creating a secondary source.

The New York Public Library African American desk reference

So what's a tertiary source? It's the source such as a catalog, bibliography or index that leads the researcher to primary and secondary sources.

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