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Africana Studies

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

Finding Books in the Library

Even if you're a senior History major and you've done plenty of research before, it can still be difficult to find books in the library. Please don't hesitate to ask for help at the Library and IT Services Desk! Sometimes books are misplaced or missing, and sometimes it's just hard to find them according to their call numbers.

Ask! We're here to help!

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You can certainly browse the library catalog online, but sometimes coming into the library and going into the stacks can yield some surprises. It's a good idea to browse the catalog first to get some ideas for what books interest you, and then look around next to them on the shelves.

Searching the Library Catalog

Use OneSearch from the Library homepage to search for books on a particular Africana Studies topic, starting with a general "Keyword" search to see what you can find. Make sure to note which location the item is found in. Film Books in Myrin are located on the 1st Floor and in the Basement, generally in the 900s (for the historical perspective) and the 300s (for the sociological perspective).

If you are not having much luck with the keyword search, you can use a "Subject" search by choosing that tag from the drop down menu on the main search bar to hone in on a specific topic:
OneSearch subject search

This can be tricky, but here are some examples of what you can use (the links will take you directly into the catalog with the search results for these subject terms). Note that you will also, in some cases, find DVDs and Videos -- usually documentaries -- that we have in the collection that are related to these terms. Try your own, too!: