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African American Studies: Encyclopedias and More

This guide will lead you to print and electronic resources in African American Studies.

Using an Encyclopedia

As a Background Source

The purpose of an encyclopedia is to provide basic information about a topic. Within the article, you should encounter important terms, the names of notable people, and background information on the topic. This can help you establish a foundation for your research.

Never Cite an Encyclopedia Article

Generally speaking, you don't want to cite an encyclopedia in a college level paper or research project. Most citations provided at the end of an entry in an encyclopedia are ones that would be appropriate to cite (if you make use of them). 

Use the Bibliography at the End of an Article

Sources included are considered classic books and articles on the topic.


Encyclopedias and More

Print and Electronic Resources

Public Historian

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Aaisha Haykal
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
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Charleston, SC 29494