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AH317: Morocco to Timbuktu: Art and Architecture at the Saharan Crossroads

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Keep in mind:

  • Try to research something you are genuinely interested in!
  •  Start your search early, to explore what is available in Boston and to request items from other locations through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Resources may exist, but in other languages, such as French, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic.
  • Information may be biased depending on who the author or the publisher is.
  • It helps to start broadly. Consult general reference books on Africa to learn about the country and /or ethnic group you research. (Each African country has a unique history which continues to impact it today. Understanding the larger context will help as you narrow your research topic. )
  • As you narrow your topic identify keywords that will help you in your research, such as names, events, and local terms.
  • For example: “riad” is the term for a traditional Moroccan house with a courtyard.
  • Keep in mind there may be variations in keywords.
  • For example:  Touareg vs. Tuareg, Berber, Imazighen, Amazigh
  • When you find a good resource, be sure to note the author (did they write other works on this topic?)  and consult the works cited and/or bibliography to see who they relied on for their research.



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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies