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Africana Studies

Research materials for Africana Studies (including African American Studies)

Online Instructional & Research Support

Though the physical library is currently closed due to COVID-19, librarians are still available for online instruction and research consultations. Here are some ways I, Andrea, can support you and your students.  

  • Online instruction sessions: Offered via WebEx or in your online course's conference platform (Blackboard>Collaborate Ultra; Canvas>Zoom)
  • Course-specific instructional resources or activities: Contact me about designing resources or activities to support a research assignment. You can also explore these teaching resources:
  • Assignment Design
  • Online research consultations: Students or faculty can schedule a meeting by emailing me at baera@rowan.edu or by using this request form.)
  • Course sites and syllabi: Include my contact information in your course syllabus. Encourage students to use me as a resource.
  • Canvas or Blackboard course site: Include a link in your course site menu to this research guide or to the Library homepage. Or talk with me about "embedding" me in your course, where I can answer student questions in a designated discussion forum.    

Library Electronic Resources

Below are key tools for accessing library e-resources. 

Tip: Get the permalink! When linking in your online course to records from Library Search or from a library database, copy that item’s “permalink.” Then anyone on- or off-campus will be able to access it. (Web browser links don't always work later.)



  • Finding E-Books Guide: includes information on which e-book platforms have unlimited user licenses and/or allow users to download large portions of the text. 
  • Database Finder: includes a searchable A-Z list of all of our databases, which can be limited by subject;. All links work both on- and off-campus
  • Video Streaming services:
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Though currently the Library cannot provide print materials via ILL (due to COVID-19), you may still  request individual articles or book chapters using the ILLiad service, which often can be delivered electronically. 

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) have "open licenses" that allow you to reuse and often to adapt materials. Review an item's license for information about how to credit the source and whether it can be adapted.   


 OER Commons: Extensive collection of OERs from of faculty and instructional designers.

 


Creative Commons (CC)-licensed resources can be reused. Use the Commons to find CC-licensed images, or to get a CC license for your own materials.  


JStor has partnered with leading academic publishers to provide open access ebooks, journals, and ebooks and media.