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Africa: Revealed Through Literature: Search for Yourself

Get to know African peoples and their cultures through their own writings

 

Image: Helmet Mask, before 1800, Bamum tribe, Cameroon. Matropolitan Museum of Art. Used under CC-A-SA-2.5-G. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Use the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search for greater precision in your searching for books, DVDs, CDs, musical scores, etc. in the Gumberg Library collection.

Search for Yourself

The books listed on this research guide are only a selection of those works of creative literature available by black African writers. To find others, see the examples below. The searches demonstrated are performed using the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search. Click the blue button on the left side of the screen to go to the QuickSearch Advanced Search interface.

 

Title Search

Let's say you are interested in finding a particular novel by an African writer. You know the title, but how would you search the QuickSearch Advanced Search for it?

1. On the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search screen, type the title of the work in the first search box. Then pull down the menu to the left of the search box and choose "Title." This will tell the search engine to perform a title search for that work. Then click the Search button.

 

 

Author Search

Let's say you want to find all works owned by the Gumberg Library by a particular African author.

1. In the search box type the author's name. Then pull down the menu to the left of the search box and choose "Author." This will tell the search engine to search for those words as an author's name. Then click Search.