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*African American and African Diaspora Cultures: Background Information

Background information

Background sources such as encyclopedias provide brief overviews of topics in an easy to look up format. They provide a quick way to become familiar with the ideas, major concepts and basic vocabulary of your subject. Reference sources in the library (both print and electronic) are reliable tools for getting information that is filtered for quality and brevity.

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Formerly called Gale Virtual Reference, this is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


National Museum of African American History & Culture

NMAAHC grand opening on September 24, 2016


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