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Africa, African Affairs, African American Studies, African Arts, and African Studies.

FAQs about BOOKS

How do I check out books?

  • Get an Oakton Library Card
  • At the library's circulation desk

How do I interlibrary loan a book?

  • Through  I-Share collection:
  • Includes over 7 million books
  • Use your Oakton username/password
  • Delivered in 3 business days
  • a FREE service (with your Oakton Library Card)!

What if I need the book today?

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How do I access articles from home (or remotely)?

  • Login to myoakton
  • In the right-hand column, click on the Articles Online link in the Library box
  • Enter your student login/password to access databases

What is a scholarly or peer-reviewed article?

  • This 1.5-minute video shows you the difference between a popular and a scholarly/peer-reviewed article.

Which databases should I use?

What if I'm still not finding the right articles?

  • Set up a research consultation at the Oakton Library reference desk.
  • Call the Oakton Library reference desk at (847) 635-1644 or (847) 635-1474.
  • Attend a free "Got Research?" Workshop. 

How can I use information from books without reading the whole book?

To find the information that you need, you usually don't have to read a book cover to cover. 

Most books have an introductory chapter that lays out the book’s focus and a concluding chapter that does a summary of the book’s content. 

In addition to the introduction and the conclusion, be sure to check the table of contents and the index.  The book's table of contents, and index make it easier for you to target the material most relevant to your research.

Not sure if a book has the information that you need?  Get help from the Oakton Library faculty at either the RHC/Skokie or Des Plaines Campus.  Stop by the reference desks or call 847-635-1474 or 847-635-1644. 

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