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Why use this guide?
This research guide is for students in the introduction to African Studies class. It is designed to help you identify, analyze, and choose appropriate scholarly information sources, including peer-reviewed journal articles. This guide concentrates on electronic resources, especially those commercial databases that index and abstract scholarly literature dealing with many different topics pertaining to Africa and individual African nations. In many cases, links to the full-text of the article, chapter, paper, or even the entire book are also provided. Whatever the resource, the assumption is that it has gone through review processes designed to assure that it meets academic publishing standards.
There is also a growing amount of current, reputable information on the WWW freely available and of interest to African Studies scholars. This guide also points to some of the best sites already created for African Studies. In addition, it includes hints for effectively searching on the WWW and evaluating the information you find there.
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