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AFAM 147: The Life and Thought of Malcolm X

a guide to resources for AFAM 147 | RL ST 147.

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Identify Keywords, Synonyms, and Related Words

Example: use "Malcolm X" or "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz" (with quotation marks) as your keyword search.

Other keywords, synonyms, and related terms that may be helpful for your research:

  • PanAfricanism
  • Malcolm Little [Malcolm X's given name]
  • El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [Malcolm X's Nation of Islam name]
  • Black Power [term related to PanAfricanism]

Combine keywords, synonyms, and related terms with Boolean terms AND or OR when searching for books, encyclopedias and other reference works in The CAT, or when searching for articles in databases.


  • Malcolm X AND PanAfricanism
  • Malcolm X OR Malcolm Little OR El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz AND Pan-Africanism
  • Malcolm X AND Black power