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AFAM 310: African Diaspora Literature, Culture, and International Experience: Getting Started

Background Sources

Exploring your topic is an important step in the research process. Reading background information about a topic helps you learn important facts and become more familiar with the context and issues around your topic.

Try the following resources as starting points. Search broadly. Also try, searching multidisciplinary databases to help focus your topic.

Search Primo

Primo is a library search tool for finding materials in the Collins Library and Summit libraries.  You can search for books, selected articles and more in a single search box.

Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in the broad topic of Ghana or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:

  • DT509.97-512.9: Ethnography, History, and Local History and Description of Ghana
  • LA1610-1630: History of Education in Ghana
  • HC1060: Economics in Ghana
  • PR9373: Literature in Ghana

However, the best way would be to do a keyword search in the catalog, then look at the subject headings, and search the one that is most relevant.

Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby on the main floor and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the main floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; use the location chart, or ask any staff member for help!


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Angela Weaver
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