AFRSTY 101: Introduction to Africana Studies

Dr. Marc Prou, Associate Professor & Chair

Class meets: M.W.F 11:00 – 11:50am
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:00-10:00 am
Tel.: (617) 287-6796

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Frequently referred to as the invisible or deep web -- as opposed to the free web -- Healey library's subscription databases provide highly selective coverage of journals, magazines, newspapers, statistical data, and more. A list of all the library's databases is available on the Databases & Indexes page. If you are searching from off campus, you will be prompted for your last name and library barcode number.

Academic OneFile
  • Articles from a broad array of scholarly journals, popular interest magazines and reference sources
  • Multidisciplinary coverage, including the arts, language & literature, history, technology, social sciences and theology
  • Provides full text coverage to the New York Times from 1995 to the present.

America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts
  • History of the world (not including the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present
  • History of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present
  • Includes dissertations, book citations and reviews
  • For help, view the tutorial Basic Searching for Academic Libraries.

  • Full text Scholarly journals dating back to the 19th century
  • Covers African America Studies, African Studies, History, and more
  • For help using JSTOR, view the JSTOR Tutorial

Project MUSE
  • Current scholarly journals from 1993 to present; all full text
  • Similar coverage as JSTOR

Getting Articles

While some databases include the full text of articles, others only provide citations. Citations may include a link or an icon to the full text which will take you to the EBSCO LinkSource page. For help getting an article, follow these steps:


Healey Library Catalog

  • Lists every book (and film, journal, etc.) owned by the library.
  • Search by title, author, subject, or keyword.
  • For help, see the tutorial Finding Books.


  • ebrary contains the full text of more than 10,000 nonfiction books from over 150 academic publishers.
  • The ebrary plug-in reader is required for printing, copying, highlighting text and saving notes.
  • See the ebrary instructions to get started.

UMass Boston WorldCat

  • Customized to provide Healey Library locations and call numbers AND connect directly to Interlibrary Loan request form for items not at Healey
  • Combined catalogs of libraries around the world.
  • Largest bibliographic database.

Google Books

  • Indexes full text of millions of books from library collections of research institutions
  • Google Books Tutorial

Getting Books

Once you have found out about a book, how do you get a copy?

Additional Information


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