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Harrison B. Wilson Archives and The African Art Gallery at NSU: Other Resources

Harrison B Wilson Archives and the African Art Gallery house collections of primary documents used for historical research

Find Resources in the Library


Your research librarian has put together  several guides for your assignment needs. These guides will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

If We Do not Have What You Need ...


We can get just about anything you need as long as someone is willing to lend it to us!  What usually will NOT be lent: original manuscripts or rare books.  Some items may be difficult to get, such as entire journals or newspapers, reference books, multimedia, software. Once you locate an item, you can request it via Tipasa

To request an item to be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, you must log onto the Tipasa. First time users must create an account. To do so, please click on "First Time User" link.  Lending, however, is  at the discretion of the owning library, so if an item is an original archival item available at only one library, chances are it won't be lent.  Don't hesitate to ask for help concerning these items.


The databases listed below can help you locate those hard to find items you need. Once you locate an item, you can request it via ILLiad.    

Using Primary Sources

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture launched Unknown No Longer in 2011 to make accessible biographical details of enslaved Virginians from unpublished historical records in its collections. The site provided researchers with the ability to discover information on ancestors not found in other sources.

Primary sources are artifacts or documents created during the period of time under study. They provide an original source of information about your topic. Primary sources can include photographs, art, newspapers, diaries, interviews, letters, novels, speeches, government documents, and music.