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African Studies: Articles

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Search engine specifically for scholarly journal articles, books, dissertations, and technical reports.

From Off Campus

Most Library online resources can be accessed from off campus by current UD faculty, staff, and students. When using links on these pages, you may be prompted for your UDelNetID and password. If you encounter problems accessing Library databases, e-journals, or e-books, use the UD proxy login page.

Using Get It!

Sometimes databases will contain links to electronic copies of full articles.  These are known as "full text" articles.  Get it! is a system that helps researchers quickly connect to full text articles when searching online.

Get It! searches though the library's database and journal subscriptions to connect researchers to the full text of the desired article. When searching in a database that is Get It! -enabled, you will see a small link or button labeled Get It! beneath the article records that are returned by the database.  Clicking Get It! will either bring you directly to the article, or will provide the following options:

Clicking on GET ARTICLE will bring you to a copy of the article, while the GO TO JOURNAL option will bring you to the journal's home page.

If Get it! cannot locate a full-text copy of the article or an electronic subscription to the journal that published the article, you will see the following:

The best next step is to use the link to DELCAT Discovery to search for the journal by title or ISSN to determine if we have this journal in print in the library for the year in which your article was published.  If you have searched DELCAT Discovery and find that we don't have the journal containing your article, you can use the link to interlibrary loan to request that the article be delivered to you from another library.

Finding Articles in Databases

Library databases can help you to find articles published in electronic journals and other scholarly sources. In many instances, you can access the full text of the article right from the database. There are subject-specific databases as well as broad interdisciplinary databases that you can search through. Because African Studies is so interdisciplinary, the following is just a sampling of the databases that may be helpful when starting your research. 

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

It is important to distinguish between journal and magazine articles when conducting your research. Journal articles are typically considered to be "scholarly," while magazine articles are usually considered to be "popular".

  Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines


Scholarly communication

To inform or entertain 

Audience Scholars, researchers, and students General public
Author Scholar or specialist with subject expertise Frequently a journalist paid to write articles; may or may not have subject expertise
Content In-depth account of original findings written by the researcher(s); very specific information
Discussion of someone else's research; may include narrative or opinion; general information.
Language Specialized terminology; requires subject knowledge General vocabulary; understandable to a general audience
References All quotes and sources are cited Little information about sources is included

Multidisciplinary Databases

Business and Political Science Databases

Social Science and Humanities Databases

Subject Guide

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Carol Rudisell
Reference & Instructional Services Dept.
(302) 831-6942

Subjects:African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Ethnic Studies, Foundations and Grants, History, Sexuality Studies, Women and Gender Studies