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Catalog Tips and Useful Subject Headings

When you find an on target resource, you may want to check the record to locate other helpful titles with the same subjects or authors, or within the same call number range.

Below are some sample searches. Note that as type in author, titles, etc., in the catalog that suggestions will be available for you to select.


Ba, Marima  

Mandela, Nelson 

Abu Zayd, Layla 

Achebe, Chinua



A Long Way Gone

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with our Families


Africa -- Biographies 

Sierra Leone -- History 

Women -- Africa, West


Islam in Africa 

Slavery Africa 

Arab Spring

For primary resources, please ass any of the following words to your search: letters, diariesspeeches, newspaper articles, autobiographiesoral history, government and organizational records, statistical datamapsphotographsmotion picturessound recordings, advertisements, and artifacts.


Academic Book Examples




Rare Books & North Carolina Collections

Autobiography of Omar Ibn Said

In the Rare Book and North Carolina Collections there is a great value collection of resources from or about Africa and African figures. Please use the Library catalog and limit your search by location “Rare Book Collection” or “North Carolina Collection” to find these resources.


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Duke, UNC, NC State, and NC Central Universities

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Center for Research Libraries

Check the CRL African Studies collection for resources and use Inter-Library Loan to get them.


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