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Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture: Search and Discover

This guide will provide researchers and visitors to the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture information about our collections, on genealogy, and about local attractions relating to Blacks/African Americans.


Subject Headings

Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases (known as controlled vocabulary) that classify materials.  Essentially they identify and pull together under a common umbrella information about a given subject.  Most online catalogs and databases use some form of subject headings, though they may also be called descriptors or keywords.

To identify subject headings relevant to your research topic:

  1. Locate an item relevant to your research topic in the online library catalog and click on the title to view the record for the item.
  2. Scroll through the record to the Subject headings (LCSH), these are the Library of Congress Subject Headings for this item.
  3. Click on a subject heading link to view an alphabetical list of subject headings.
  4. Click on a subject heading in this list to view a list of items that have been assigned that subject heading

Search CofC Libraries Discovery Service

Search for books, articles, and more across the College of Charleston's Library System

Search ArchivesSpace

ArchivesSpace is a search interface that facilitates discovery of archival and artifact collections from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Special Collections departments at CofC Libraries. Use the box below to search. You can also browse and search the full database of finding aids and descriptions at

Searching via Catalog

Navigate to the Avery Research Center's catalog window to search for books, periodicals, microfilm, archival collections, and media that is held by the Center. 

Avery Primo Homepage

Best of luck in your searching and please feel welcome to contact us if you need any further assistance.