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Africana Studies

Hello and welcome to the Africana Studies library guide!

You will find an assortment of information to help you with Africana research.  If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to  email me.  I am available for individual research consultations for students and faculty and instruction for all levels of Africana Studies courses; please contact me to set an appointment.  I can also be contacted if you'd like to suggest an item for purchase.

This guide will include the following sections:

  • Getting started
  • Recommended databases
  • Sources for data sets and statistics
  • Primary resources
  • News and Information Sources



Black History Month

Visit the Subject of the Month book display in the Purdy Kresge Library to find Juvenile Biography materials related to this year's theme: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An online guide in support of the theme is available at:


Topic of Interest: Modern Human Origins

Narrated by Danny Glover, The Real Eve is a documentary about genetic and human evolution research involving mitochondrial DNA that surfaced over twenty years ago.  This research theorizes that all humans alive today have in common one female ancestor who lived in Africa.  The documentary also traces the migration patterns of “Eve’s” descendants as they spread across the lands.  Approx. run time: 90 minutes.

Keywords:  modern human origins; Rebecca Cann; Stephen Oppenheimer; homo erectus; mitochondrial DNA; Out of Africa theory; Multiregional theory; population expansion of modern humans.

Depending on your web browser and speed, one, or both of these links to watch the documentary for free, may, or may not work (if one link doesn’t work, try the other): 1) The Real Eve (Top Documentary Films); 2) The Real Eve (LoveDocumentaries).  You can also go to Google Videos and do a search for The Real Eve.

Check here periodically for new topics.  If you have a topic you'd like to see in this section, feel free to email me!

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African Americans in Civil War Medicine

This exhibit looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America. View more information here: Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: Civil War Medicine and African Americans.


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