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AFR 239: African Civilization to 1700s: Home

Africana Studies Librarian

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Karen Storz
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781-283-3372
kstorz@wellesley.edu
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Research & Instruction Librarian
Office: Clapp Library 218B

Student Library Research Awards

These awards were created to reward students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the research needed for their papers and projects, as well as to encourage students to develop good research techniques.

Find out more at the Student Library Research Awards site

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 This guide will help you find resources for researching aspects of African history

 

 

Native Rhythm, Chickens at Revival, Wheel and Turn, and Apparition from the Revival Series, Hoyes Museum.

Starting Your Research

SuperSearch can be a great place to start to find out what's out there on a topic you're interested in. SuperSearch will find books, films, journal articles, news, and almost everything else the library has — from popular to scholarly sources. You can use the filters on the results screen to improve your results.

 

For searching with more focus and precision, check out the Find Articles and Find Books pages of this guide.

Critically Evaluating Your Sources

Criteria to keep in mind when choosing and using both print and online sources:

  • Accuracy - What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced? Does the author cite their sources and are the sources legitimate?
  • Authority - Who wrote the source? Is the author credible? What are the author's credentials (educational background, past writing, experience) in this area? Have you seen the author's name cited in other sources or bibliographies? Who published the source? Is the publisher scholarly (university press, scholarly associations)? Commercial? Government agency? Is the source self-published (“vanity”press)? For online information, check the domain of the document — what institution publishes this document?
  • Objectivity - Does the author have a bias, political or commercial or persuasive?
  • Currency - Is this information new or based on outdated sources? Can you tell how current it is? How up-to-date are the links (if any)?
  • Audience - Who is the information written for: a specific readership, level of expertise, or age/grade level? Is the audience focus appropriate for a research paper?

History Librarian

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Sarah Moazeni
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Clapp 218B
781-283-4021

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