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*Africana Studies: 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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Oxford Reference Online

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Gale eBooks

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


The International African American Museum

Located in Charleston, SC "to honor the untold stories of the African American journey at one of our country’s most sacred sites."

Opening June 27, 2023.


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