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The Civil Rights Movement: Recommended Resources

A research guide for finding resources on the the Civil Rights Era in the BC3 Library and on the Internet, complied by the BC3 Librarians.

Suggested databases for articles on the the Civil Rights Movement

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar includes both books and articles. Be careful when selecting that the source is reputable. If an article is not made freely available online, remember that you can use the BC3 Library's Request an Article service to request it and we will do our best to obtain it and email it to you - free of charge.

TED Talk: The fight for Civil Rights and Freedom

Civil rights leader and longtime US congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and justice for everyone. In this illuminating conversation with lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Lewis discusses the essential importance of voting, shares encouraging words of wisdom for the generation of young people currently organizing in the struggle for racial justice and tells moving stories from his decades of making "good trouble" -- at the Freedom Rides, March on Washington and in the halls of Congress. 

Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have a Dream Speech'

On August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most famous speech.

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The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for books on the Civil Rights Movement. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

You can find books on the Civil Rights Movement in the following sections:

300s (Social Sciences)

  • 301 (sociology)
  • 323 (civil and political rights)
  • 342 (constitutional and administrative law)
  • 364 (criminology)

900s (History)

  • 973 (US History)

Books on Martin Luther King Jr. can be found in the 92 section (biographies) of the library.


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