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AFAM 101: Dr. Livingston: Finding & Citing Sources

This course guide is intended as a starting point for research assignments in AFAM 101.

Turbulent Voyage Supplemental Readings

As part of your definitional essay assignment, you are required to use two sources from the supplementary/additional reading list.

Here are two examples.

You need to be able to identify what is being cited so you can find the source.

The Hare entry is an article from the journal Black Scholar. Search Black Scholar in Primo Journal Search to locate it.

The Ballard entry is a book. Use the general Primo search box and enter the author or title to locate it.

MLA Style


For this course, you are required to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) style, a system of documentation that is widely used in the humanities. It uses parenthetical citations in the text and a list of works cited at the end of the paper.

MLA publishes a guide called MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for students writing and documenting academic work. The library has multiple copies which are listed in Primo and are shelved on the main floor.

The library has also developed a quick reference sheet which includes examples of the most common sources used in academic work.

Getting Started With Citation Tools

Use these citation management tools to help organize your research:



Use Primo to find books, films, and more in Collins Library and beyond. Request books held by Summit libraries for delivery to Collins Library within 3-5 business days.

Use the location chart to find out which floor the book's call number cand be found.

Primo Search