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Resources to assist students in African American Studies 4 with their research papers.

Welcome to the Study Guide for African-American Studies 004: The African-American in the History of the United States

This research guide presents resources to help students begin research for assignments in the course African-American Studies 004 - "The African American in the History of the US." By clicking on the labeled tabs above and exploring the selected resources below, students can find materials quickly, identify specific areas of interest, and get tips and guidance on how to continue searching for relevant books, e-books, and articles, how to format citations in MLA and Chicago styles, and how to avoid plagiarism.

African-American Studies 4: Course Description

Students analyze historiographical issues in African American history and how black Americans were active agents in creating their own history from Africa to the Civil War. Emphasis is placed on the African Background of African Americans, the institution of slavery, the development of African American political institutions, and African American participation in, and impact on, the Civil War.

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African-American Studies 4 Course Textbook

There are 2 copies of the textbook available for 2-hour checkout from the reserve desk on the first floor of the library. 


Databases direct you to a wide variety articles, journals, and periodicals (newspaper and magazines). You should note the name of the database you are using such as "Academic Search Complete" or "Gale Artemis Literary Sources," as EBSCO and Gale are hubs and not the database itself. So when you need a librarian to help you navigate a database they will not know which one you are referring to if you mention "EBSCO" vs. "Academic Search Complete." 

Print Books on African-American Studies in the Library Reference Collection

The books listed here are available for reading and research in the library. While they cannot be checked out, they can help you find ideas, narrow your topic, get background information, and conduct preliminary research. 

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