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AAS485/History 488: Transnational Black Leadership: Home

Materials to support students in AAS485/History 488: Transnational Black Leadership

Getting Started

Steps in the Research Process, see your class syllabus for more detailed steps

  • STEP 1: Formulate your question
  • STEP 2: Get background information (see REFERENCE Box below)
  • STEP 3: Refine your search topic
  • STEP 4: Consider your resource options
  • STEP 5: Select and use the appropriate tool, Books (discoverE), databases, etc. [see also RESEARCH TOOLS tab)
  • STEP 6: Locate your materials
  • STEP 7: Analyze your materials
  • STEP 8: Organize and write
  • STEP 9: Cite your work/Compose your bibliography


Biography Resource Center: A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than one million people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Credo Reference Unlimited

Gale Virtual Reference Library  (includes Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history: the Black experience in the Americas, Encyclopedia of African American society, and The African American years)

Oxford Reference Online

Reference Books:

Pan-African Chronology : A Comprehensive Reference to the Black Quest for Freedom in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

REF E185.18 .J46 1996 3 vols.


African American Political Leaders.

Reference E185.96 .C18 2004

Black Women in America.

REF E185.86 .B542 2005 3 vols.

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History

Ref E 185. E54 2006. 6 vols.

Harvard Guide to African American History.

REF E 185 .H326 2001

Finding Books at Emory

From the Books, Movies, Music tab in discoverE:

  • Type in your keywords
  • When you get some results, use "Refine My Results" on the left to narrow your search by author, item type, date and more

Subject Headings related to your topic:

  • truncation -  *
  • synonym clusters -
    • black* or African American* or negro* or Afro-American* etc. Range of words used will reflect time period under study.
  • Use OR within clusters, AND between clusters:
  • "Glue" clusters of synonyms together with AND and parentheses:



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Locating the Book and checking it out


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