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AASP 202: Black Culture in the United States

This online course tutorial will assist researchers in identifying resources on research topics related to African Americans.

Important Terms and Topics

Looking Up Key Terms

Below is a list of terms and concepts you'll be studying in depth in this course. Follow the steps below to start exploring one of these key terms using one of the encyclopedias available through UMD Libraries, like Credo/SAGE or Gale Virtual Reference. You can find more information about background research on the page Background Info, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks.

Key Terms for AASP 202
  1. Afrocentrism
  2. Afrofuturism
  3. Anti-Blackness
  4. Black Aesthetics
  5. Black Lives Matter
  6. Black Wall Street
  7. Black Feminism
  8. Black Arts Movement
  9. Colorism
  10. Environmental Racism
  1. Food Deserts
  2. Gentrification
  3. Hegemonic Masculinity
  4. Heternormative
  5. Oppression
  6. Misogynoir
  7. Prejudice
  8. Racism
  9. The Black Power Movement
  10. The Black Women’s Club Movement
  1. The Harlem Renaissance
  2. The Male Gaze
  3. The Red Summer of 1919
  4. Toxic Masculinity
  5. Redlining
  6. Respectability Politics
  7. White Flight
  8. White Supremacy
  9. Womanism
How to Look Up Key Terms

1. Visit a reference tool. Below are search boxes that let you explore Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library without leaving this page. You can also open these resources in another tab by clicking on the direct link under the search boxes:

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Gale logo

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2. Search for the desired term. If the term is made up of multiple words, remember to put the whole search in quotation marks. Remember that you can also narrow your search by using any of the search techniques from the Database page.

example of two encyclopedia searches: afrocentrism in Credo and "black lives matter" in Gale

3. Choose one of the sources from your search to get started. You can always go back to the search results to find more sources if the first one you pick doesn't answer all your questions.

results of searching on two different reference tools


Many of the topics you'll be studying involve the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Below you'll find a list of books to help you start your research or dive deeper into special topics.

A list of books that provide a good starting framework for learning about how film criticism works and how to analyze films yourself:

Below are some examples of film analysis, criticism, and reviews.

Here is a breakdown of the difference between film reviews and film criticism from Williams College: