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African American Studies

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Recommended Starting Points: Subject Encyclopedias

Subject Encyclopedias are scholarly works written by experts on a variety of topics. The articles are typically longer and more detailed than general encyclopedias. The background information provides a good starting point as you begin the research process. Here are some of the ways a subject encyclopedia can help guide you:

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  • Identify key concepts, terms, dates,and names
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Oxford African American Studies Center

A good starting point for finding information in reference sources, including AfricanaEncyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to PresentBlack Women in AmericaAfrican American National BiographyConcise Oxford Companion to African American LiteratureOxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other sources.

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