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Africana Studies

A research guide for finding materials related to the African diaspora.

Citing Your Sources!

Citing your sources properly -- including any images that you include in your paper -- is important and required.

Purdue University's OWL Writing Lab Citation resources are the best ones out there on the web. Generally, Africana Studies courses require that you use either MLA style or Chicago style. Detailed information on both citation styles are availble here.

Diane can help with citations, too!

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Welcome to the Africana Studies Research Guide!

This guide will help you to conduct serious scholarly research in Africana studies from beginning to end. Start by exploring in some encyclopedias and dictionaries and then use the tabs to navigate through finding scholarly articles and books, as well as web resources.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: For Background Information

Start your research by using one of our subject-specific reference books, instead of turning to Wikipedia. Though Wikipedia is an excellent resource for general information, it can't always be relied upon, authorship is hard to determine and bias creeps in on controversial topics (and Africana Studies has plenty of those!). It shouldn't ever be cited in scholarly research.

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias in the Library Reference Section