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AFR 215: Unpacking Blackness, Ethnicity, and Identity in the African Diaspora


This guide provides some useful starting places and strategies for doing research for this course. I am happy to consult with you on any aspect of your research, from developing a research question to finding, evaluating, and citing sources.  Email me or make a an appointment on my calendar.

Get Started with SuperSearch

SuperSearch can be a great place to start your search for journal articles, books, films, newspaper & magazine articles, and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface. You can use the filters on the results screen to refine your search and improve your results. For example, try limiting to Full Text Online, and then Book/eBook to see e-books. Or choose Peer-Reviewed Article to find scholarly journal articles, or Encyclopedia Articles & More to find background sources. Click More... to see all content types.


Because SuperSearch contains so much content from so many different kinds of sources, the results can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to focus. At the same time, SuperSearch is also not comprehensive and can miss key sources. To search with more focus, precision, and depth, be sure to try the databases recommended on this guide or the library catalog for books and films. Or check out our complete list of database, which you can filter by subject.

For more on how to search, see the Search Tips & Tutorials page of this guide.

Find Background & Context

Find Secondary Sources

Find Books in the Catalog


Note: You can change Entire Library to Online to see only materials available online.

Catalog Search Tips

Start with a keyword search. Once you find a book that's relevant to your topic, click on the title and look for the Subjects listed for that book to help you find "more like this" and explore related aspects of a broader topic.

Example: Keyword search: globali*ation AND Africa AND China

Subject terms for the books that come up in this keyword search lead you to many more books on aspects of the topic, for example:

Globalization -- Africa

Globalization -- Caribbean

Economic development -- Caribbean Area

Investments, Foreign -- Africa

(For tips on keyword searching, such as using the asterisk * for wildcard searching, see the Search Tips & Tutorials page of this guide.)