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African American Studies 220: Finding Books

Library research guide for students in African American Studies 220: Introduction to Research Methods in African American Studies


Look here to find books, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, DVDs, and many other resources.  In addition to the 10 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois and request books be sent to you.

When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:

Location - in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple copies)
Call Number - this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
Status - is it available for you to check out?

Hint: Catalogs are used for two purposes: (1) If you know exactly what you are looking for - an exact title or author - you can use the catalog to locate your material (this works for book titles and journal titles); (2) You can also use catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.


The two resources above are places to verify citations for books and request books and articles you cannot find elsewhere.

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