HIST 4123: Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Secondary and primary sources for the history of slavery in all periods.

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Keywords--terms that can appear anywhere in a record--are the quick and easy way to search.
Using keywords, you can combine multiple ideas, or locate specific essays inside collective works. 

Connectors: Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words. Examples:

  • gold coast and british
  • gold coast or ghana
  • gold coast and not chicago

Wildcards: Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk or question mark:

  • * for any number of characters
  • ? to replace a single character anywhere within a word

Examples : slave*, wom?n

Adjacency: "And" is assumed between words. Place phrases in quotes. Example:

"gold coast"

Subject Headings--terms applied by catalogers or indexers--describe the content of the item. Often, subject headings are divided by geographic place, by time period, by ethnic group, or other aspects. Subject headings are searched as phrases.


Using subject headings will pull together related records with terminology you may have not considered in your keyword search.

Examples:

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modern slavery human trafficking
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african cultural survivals african influences

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Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service can borrow books and articles not found in our collection from other libraries. 

To use the ILL service:

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  • For books, fill out a book request form manually, or use the ILLiad link in the WorldCat database.  
  • For articles, most article databases allow you to place requests directly through the Find it! service. You can also type in article requests manually.  

More about the ILL service:

  • Articles generally come in 1-2 working days; you will be notified by email with a link to the article when it is available.
  • Books and other physical loans generally come within 5 working days.  You will review an email when there are available and they will be held for you at the Circulation Desk in Mullins Library. 
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