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Using the Civil Rights Digital Library database

This LibGuide is for activist fighting for civil rights in the U.S. who would like to use historical data to backup their efforts, or to fact check information. LibGuide created by Laura Carpenter

What is the Civil Rights Digital Library database?

The Civil Rights Digital Library defines itself as:

"The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation's history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy. The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. The CRDL provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia.

CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services."

How to access the Civil Rights Digital Library database

This is the publicly accessible link that will bring users to the home page of the Civil Rights Digital Library database:

On the far left of the homepage you will find:

-The Basic Search bar

-The Advanced Search options

-The links for easily accessible popular browsing subjects

Topics covered in the Civil Rights Digital Library database