The GSU Library buildings have reopened for the Spring 2021 semester as of January 4, 2021.
**You MUST have your PantherCard to enter the Library buildings.**
The Library North entrance/exit is currently closed due to construction. Please use the Library South entrance/exit.
Non-GSU visitors may only enter the library if they have been given specific permission and can prove that they need to use GSU library resources. Further information, including the GSU Library Access Request Form, is available here.
Access to books, A/V resources, and GIL Express/ILL materials is available through Express Pickup.
Click here for information on Express Pickup. This service is available to all GSU faculty/staff/students.
Special Collections & Archives is open as of August 24 to researchers by appointment only;
please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan for books are both available.
Saxby's Coffee is closed. There is no eating in the library.
All of our electronic resources remain open!
And you can still get help!
Condense information into a general overview.
May be written by scholars in the field.
Contain suggestions for further reading.
Brainstorm possible search terms for your topic. You may need to simplify long phrases by breaking them up into separate search terms or smaller phrases.
Consult background information. Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and guides are a great time saving tool. Many of these are located in the Reference Collection on Library North 2.
These sources provide topical overviews, summarize basic concepts, and are filled with names and events you can use as keywords in your searching. Many encyclopedia articles also include carefully selected bibliographies that will lead you to additional resources.
ANDs, ORs and NOTs. You will need to combine your search terms with connecting terms (called "Boolean operators"), such as AND and OR. Use AND between terms to narrow a search and OR between terms to broaden a search. See the online video → → → → to learn more about how to use Boolean operators.
Remember that African American studies is interdisciplinary. Check out the research guides for related topics, such as
Be flexible as you settle on a final topic. Do a few preliminary searches in the library catalog or article databases before commiting to a topic. Make sure you can locate primary sources. You may find you need to narrow or broaden your focus.
Cite as you go. Even if you're not sure whether you will use a source, it's much easier to note the citation information up front than to decide you need it later! Citation management tools like Zotero or EndNote can help by giving you a place to store citations as you go.