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A Guide to African/African Diaspora Studies: Start


Welcome to the library guide for conducting research in African/African Diaspora Studies! African/African Diaspora Studies is an interdisciplinary field, one that supports research in a range of topics related to Africa and people of African descent. This guide will help you conduct research in any of those areas.

We have a few other guides that might help you with your research:

Finally, don't hesitate to contact anyone - either in person or virtually - at the Information Desk or via Reference Services if you have any questions.

Reference Services

Librarians are here to help you with your research. We can suggest appropriate resources to search, help you troubleshoot any issues, or simply brainstorm about your topic and ways to explore it. We look forward to connecting with you!

There are multiple ways to connect with a librarian, ranging from in person to email to online meetings. Our Reference Services page has more information; here are the main options:

  • Drop in hours (ask at the Info Desk) - M-F 10:30-2:30
  • Make an appointment with me or any librarian.
  • Chat with a librarian (M-F 10:30-2:30) - or use the box below!
  • E-mail: (please include your name and the best way to contact you)
  • Fill out the Research Next Steps form; a librarian will respond with research suggestions and advice
  • Email Julie directly. I'm familiar with disciplinary sources (like article databases) in this area of study and happy to help you with your work.
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Course Guides in African Studies

Your course might also have a separate library guide - be sure to browse the list below!


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Julie Gilbert
If you have any questions about research, an assignment, or the library in general, please contact me. I look forward to working with you!
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