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African American Studies: Key Reference Sources

a guide to resources

  Using Reference Resources

A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.

Reference materials include

  • subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri 
  • statistics
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

Key Reference Sources


Reference materials are for library use only.  Scan-to-email and copy machines are available.  See the research desk for more information.