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AFS 263 / IDS 285 Introduction to African Studies: Finding Books

This guide is designed to help students in Professor Twagira's Fall 2017 Semester class

Subject Headings - Examples

A sample list of Library of Congress (LC) subject headings for African Studies is found below. Many general subjects can also be broken down geographically or by ethnic group, eg. Decorative arts, Fula; Women, Zulu.


African languages (see also under the names of individual languages or groups of language

Hausa (African People)

Africa West (see also under other geographic sub-divisions including the names of individual countries) Some typical sub-headings are

Africa, West-colonization

Africa, West-Description and travel

Africa, West-Economic conditions

Africa, West-History (divided by time period)

Africa, West-languages

Discovere - Emory

DiscoverE is  Emory's main search tool to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, which include Woodruff, Pitts Theology, Health Sciences Center, McMillan Law, Guy Chemistry, Math & Science Center and, Oxford libraries.

Using discoverE to find books:

From the Catalog tab in discoverE  do a simple search:

  • 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

* Too many search results? 

  • Add additional terms to your search
  • Limit your search by item type, exact phrase, and/or author/title/subject using discoverE's drop-down menus
  • Use discoverE's "Refine My Results" feature (in the left column) 

* Too few results?

  • Remove some terms from your search
  • Add synonyms using OR [in upper case] with parentheses - for example (women OR woman OR female)
  • Remember to use links in useful titles to locate other materials by the same author or on the same subject. Click "Details" to locate subject headings used for each title.
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