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AFRS 3998: Africana Studies Senior Seminar

This guide provides resources and suggested strategies to support research in the Africana Studies Senior Seminar.

About this Guide

In this guide, you'll find resources to help you with your senior seminar research in Africana Studies: 

  • Resources to research background and contextual information on your topic and the approaches you might be bringing to your research 
  • Places to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating articles, including scholarly and peer-reviewed articles
  • Approaches to finding primary sources
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in Africana Studies
  • Guidelines for getting required course texts for free via the Library

Please feel free to book an appointment with me on my calendar page, for further support with your research.


Image: Crowd of onlookers on West 130th Street and Convent Avenue in Harlem after Nelson Mandela passed them en route to City College, New York (1990). Credit: 4056732 © Chester Higgins, Jr. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.

Generating Keywords

Link to Etherpad for Keywords Activity

It can be helpful to create a list, or even a map or cloud, of key words and phrases that are important to your research. 

You can do this as a first step in the research process, and it can also be a living document that you revisit and reshape as you move through your research!

Think about how your keywords/keyphrases relate to the questions you are asking and grappling with. 

To peruse specialized terminologies and lexica, or to look up background information that can help you formulate your searches, it's also helpful to consult reference sources. See the tab at the left for some examples.