Research Guides

Africana Studies

Africana Studies Collection Description

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.

Subject Specialist

Roxane Pickens

The Research Process

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.

Almanacs & Handbooks
Bibliographies & Guides
Companions & Encyclopedias
Current News Resources
CNN World News Stories
The New York Times Africa Section
Travel Guides

All titles represented here can be located in the Otto G. Richter Library Travel Collection

South Africa (Eyewitness travel guides)
Call Number: DT304 .M6512
ISBN: 0756628741
East Africa (Lonely Planet Publications)
Mary Fitzpatrick, Tom Parkinson, Nick Ray
Call Number: DT365.17 .F58
ISBN: 1741042860
Egypt (Lonely Planet Publications)
Call Number: DT45 .E376
ISBN: 1740597419
Subject Specialist

Roxane Pickens

New Resources
Black Women's Suffrage Portal
The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project to provide digital access to materials documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960.

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