The Africana Studies collection focuses on continental Africa and the experiences of people of African descent in the Black Atlantic societies of North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Resources to support this highly interdisciplinary endeavor can be found throughout the Libraries. Due to AfricanaStudies' interdisciplinary nature the collection supports a number of programs where the literature and scholarship of Africana Studies are relevant areas of interest such as Anthropology, Sociology, English, History, French, Latin American Studies, and Caribbean Studies. Researchers in Africana Studies will find themselves using resources from different collections throughout the Libraries.
The Purpose of this collection is to support undergraduate instructional needs and the research requirements of the faculty in the multidisciplinary program of Africana Studies. The primary emphasis is on the study of the African diaspora with a focus on the continent of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America.
Begin your research by:
1. Identifying keywords in your research question or thesis statement.
2. List those keywords and find synonyms for them.
3. Find umbrella terms: for War Diamonds, an umbrella (or broader) term is Conflict Diamonds.
4. When you have a complex research question, make sure to combine your keywords to maximize results. Also, search both in singular and plural forms of the keywords.
5. Make sure to identify keywords in other languages as well. If you are doing research about Haiti, think of Creole and/or French words that apply.
All titles represented here can be located in the Otto G. Richter Library Travel Collection