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African Studies: Web Resources

Searching the Web

Why should I use Web sites?

  • Web sites are a great source of information about organizations and institutions and government generated statistics and reports.
  • They are also useful for comparing popular perceptions to scientific research findings. The free Web contains a vast collection of resources - some worthwhile

How do I find good Web sites?

Start by reviewing the Web Searching Guide for expert advice on the best search engines--both general and specialized.

Of particular note are the "academic web resources" which includes a link to Google Scholar and other search engines that focus on, credible, scholarly information available on the Web.

note: no single search engine comes close to indexing all of the Web. Be sure to search two or three different search engines if you want to be thorough.

For every major, most minors, and other special topics, librarians have put together a subject guide with links to quality sites (near the bottom of the guide).

For quick and mainly free Web-based reference information such as encyclopedias, check out the on-line reference page.

Umbra Search: African American History

Umbra Search African American History makes African American history more broadly accessible through an aggregating search tool found on umbrasearch.org.  Umbrasearch.org brings together hundreds of thousands digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country.

Web Resources

Academic programs for African Studies are excellent sources of information on Internet resources, journals and societies:

African Studies Review Articles

Due to licensing restrictions, you may not be able to view the actual articles but you may see the abstracts.  Some books and articles may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

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