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Black Women's Studies

This guide features information about black feminist/womanist studies.


Welcome to the Black Women's Studies Guide. Your subject specialist is Tahirah Akbar-Williams. For information on how to contact Tahirah please see the "Subject Guide" box on the left.

Visit These Websites!

A History of Black Feminism in the United States
A history of Black Feminism in the U.S. compiled by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Black American Feminism: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography
Compiled by Sherri Barnes, librarian at UC Santa Barbara, this site includes citations from the 19th century to the present on Black American Feminism in a wide array of disciplines. Citations are from professional, scholarly, popular, mainstream and alternative magazines, journals, newspapers, and books.

Beginning List for Black Feminist/Womanist Works
List of materials that include a womanist/black feminist standpoint. Compiled by Joya Misra

Black Feminist Theory; Black Women and Sexualized Images (2 Subjects)

A WMST-L query in January 2008 asked for literature on two subjects: Black

feminist theory and Black women and sexualized images.  This file contains the



Interlibrary Loan Services & Article Express

Scan and Deliver

The Scan & Deliver service delivers digital copies of journal articles and book chapters to you within three business days of your request (provided they are available in print on the UM Libraries' shelves.)

In the event that an article or chapter you request is not available on campus, Scan & Deliver will automatically refer the request to:

Interlibrary Loanfor materials (books and journal articles) not owned by the UM LIbraries offered to all UM College Park faculty, staff, and students.

New for Faculty:

ILL and UBorrow materials can now be delivered to campus departments through Department Delivery!

Only UMD faculty and staff with 20742 zip codes are eligible for this delivery service. To use this service: 

  • New ILL users should choose Department Delivery as their preferred pick up location upon registering for an ILL Services account. 
  • Later this month all ILL users will be asked to verify their registration details, which will provide them with the opportunity to choose this new option. In the meantime, current ILL users who wish to use the new service immediately should email
For more information, please visit the Libraries' Department Delivery page. Liaison librarians are encouraged to share this announcement with their faculty. 

Suggestions for Library Acquisition

Nonprint Media Services provides access to information in most film and video formats, including more than 800 hours of video-on-demand programming to the campus through the Films@UM digital research collection. You can search the catalog for videos and other nonprint resources.

To suggest a video, film or DVD not held by the UM Libraries, complete the Materials Request Form.

If after checking the catalog, you discover that the UM Libraries does not have a particular book you are looking for, please visit Suggestion of a Title for Purchase to recommend the title.