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WR150: Africa in the Western Imagination

Search Tips for the Library Catalog

BULS Search Box

Begin with a keyword search and try various combinations. How you search can determine the number of results:

For example:  “Winnie Mandela”

Using and narrows the search: Winnie Mandela AND apartheid

Using or broadens the search. : (Winnie OR Nelson) AND Mandela This search includes results for either Winnie or Nelson.  

Winnie AND Nelson AND Mandela is a narrower search.  It would show you results that mention both Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela.  If it mentions only Winnie Mandela, it will be excluded from the results.


The BU Library Search also has many facets that can be used to refine your search in various ways.  

For example, try searching only in the author field:  Author search for Winnie Mandela

Using the options on the left-hand column, you could further limit your results in various way, for example choosing only article or using the date slider to see only material published before 1994.

The results provide a breakdown of books and articles on that topic and other similar subject headings you might want to investigate.

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African Soccerscapes; How a Continent Changed the World's Game /Peter Alegi Under Pressure; The Regulation of Sexualities in South African Secondary Schools  Global Nollywood Stirring the Pot

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Try some of these catalog searches as a starting point.  Try changing the search, for example by adding a keyword or choosing a more specific geographic description.  Within the BU Library Search you can also change your results from Books to Articles or Newspaper Articles using the filter tools. 

In place of the general term Africa it is usually helpful to substitute a particular country or region

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For a complete list of article databases, see the A-Z Databases.

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