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AFR 341: Africans of the Diaspora


colorful painting of woman with outstretched armsThis guide offers some useful starting places and strategies for doing research for this course. I'm 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 calendar appointment

-Karen Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian

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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, try the databases recommended on the Find Articles & Books page of this guide.

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

SuperSearch Tips

When you see a promising article in SuperSearch, look at the journal it's from - it might be a good one for your research!  Click on the journal title link to search for other, related articles within that journal.

See a good journal in your syllabus and want to see if we have access to more articles from it here? Put the title of the journal into SuperSearch and look on the right panel of the results page — if we have it, it will come up in the "Publication Finder"!

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