Note: Please review assignment guidelines posted on the canvas page for this course.
Your assignment is to use a minimum of three essays from our course readings, with at least one more from another formal academic source beyond our course readings to write a definitional essay answering the question, What is African American Studies?
A concept map is:
Use a concept map to:
The process is simple: start with the subject of your research question in the center, then in the space around the central concept, write words or phrases for any relevant subtopics or ideas. Then, for each of your focus subtopics, add related keywords or terms to your map.
The value of using encyclopedias in the beginning stages of the research process:
Encyclopedias come in two varieties: general and subject.
General encyclopedias are good for quickly looking up basic facts about a topic. Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book are all examples of general encyclopedias.
Subject encyclopedias are best to use when you are in the first stages of a college-level research project. Each entry is written by a scholar in the field.
The scholar aims to provide not just the basic facts on a topic, but also a sense of how these facts have been debated or interpreted over time. The sources in the bibliographies are selected specifically as next steps to consult in the research process and typically include a mix of primary and secondary sources.
Encyclopedias provide background information for your definitional essay about African American Studies. REF indicates the book is in print and shelved on the main floor.
The Oxford African American Studies Center includes the full text of the following reference works: Africana, Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, African American National Biography, and other key works.
Use the search phrase "black studies"
Note: Limited to 3 simultaneous users
When search databases, keep these techniques in mind.
Quotation marks search for an exact phrase.
"African American Studies" finds results with that exact phrase.
Without the quotation marks, you may also get African and American and Studies
Add more words when you want to narrow your search. Use the word AND to connect different concepts.
"African American Studies" AND curriculum
Use OR to find related terms.
"African American Studies" OR "black studies"
Use an asterisk * to find variant word endings. Be careful not to shorten your word too much, because this can bring back results that are not relevant.
defin* retrieves define, defines, defining, definition, defintional, etc.