This guide will introduce you to some of the best library and web resources for your Introduction to Africana Studies class. If you have suggestions for how to improve this guide please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 979-845-1951.
Research Tip: Doing a Literature Search
A major part of a research project is conducting a review of the literature. This provides the background and context for the research that will be conducted and is a "comprehensive examination of all of the research and all of the literature done on a particular topic" as defined by Candace Schaefer in the Writing Center. The writing center has a very informative and engaging tutorial on what a Literature Review is and how to do it with their Get Lit video.
There are additional guides available from the libraries to assist with the literature review and, once the topic is known, the literature search.
- Selecting and Narrowing Topics (6:35)
- Sources of Information (9:38)
- Search Strategies (8:07)
- Internet (7:28)
- Library Catalogs (4:24)
- Library Databases (7:17)
While the above guide provides some assistance I am happy to sit down and help with specific topics.
Online Catalog LibCat includes the materials (books, journals, videos, documents and other materials) that the Libraries hold. Be aware that there are groups of materials not included in the catalog: many government documents and microform sets that we own may not appear in LibCat.
WorldCat Catalog of books and journals, the contents of over 14,000 research libraries, mainly in North America. Anything found on WorldCat that is not available in Evans Library can be ordered through Interlibrary Services or Get it for me.
CRLCATALOG (Center for Research Libraries). The Center for Research Libraries is a consortia headquartered at the University of Chicago. The consortia supports research and teaching in many fields including the liberal arts and humanities by acquiring and preserving newspapers, journals, and other types of documentary sources. Most materials can be requested through the TAMU Libraries' Get it for me service.
If we do not own what you need, you can request specific materials (books, journal articles, book chapters, etc.) by using the Get it for me link from the Libraries' web page, through WorldCat or various databases. In addition, if the book you want is at another campus library, Get it for me can deliver it to your preferred library on request.