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African Studies web page

Satellite image of African continentWelcome to the UMass Library's African Studies research guide.

This guide is designed to assist you in doing library research in African Studies.

This guide has a reference sources page with print & electronic encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries on Africa, a page with scholarly article databases on African Studies, a page with a guide to primary resources on Africa and African colonization by European power, with microfilm and print sources (including older newspapers), a page with Web resources complied by experts in the field, a page on e-newspapers, and a page on finding movies & documentaries.

The column at the left, "Doing academic research," contains PowerPoint presentations on better searching techniques, how to use interlibrary loan, WorldCat, finding book reviews, etc.

If I can help with individual research, please contact me to arrange a meeting.



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RefWorks is a bibliographical management software which will help you organize your citations, articles, books, etc. paid for by the UMass Amherst Library, that the UMass Amherst community can access from the Library website. RefWorks collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles from databases, web sites, and other sources. RefWorks automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies

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