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AFAM 216 / FILM 433: Family Narratives/Cultural Shifts: Home

This guide is intended for students in Professor Thomas Allen Harris's course and provides an overview of key resources in the Yale Library for your midterm and final papers this semester.

Main search portals

Library contacts

Jennifer Coggins, Archivist for Collection Development, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library,

James Kessenides, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History,



Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start your research. Reference works include bibliographies, scholarly encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other sources that provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading; often they cite not only the secondary literature, but also primary sources.

Subject Specialists & Research Guides

Every subject taught at Yale has a librarian assigned to it. A list of these librarians, or "subject specialists," can be found here.

Subject specialists curate subject guides that are a great starting point in finding resources on your potential research topic. The guides bring together the most useful and important resources that are available, whether encyclopedias, bibliographies or other "reference" works, databases of primary and secondary sources, archival materials in special collections, or freely available websites created by libraries, museums, and academic centers around the world.

Some examples of related research guides that may be helpful for your work this semester are:

Reach out to a subject specialist if you have questions about getting started!