East African slave market in the port of Zanzibar, engraving from Harper’s Weekly.
This guide is organized to help you in the research process, which usually proceeds from general sources to more specific ones.
STEP 1: Begin with Reference Sources (print and online) for background information
STEP 2: Find Books (overviews and monographs)
STEP 3: Look for articles in Periodicals
STEP 4: Search for Primary Sources (such as letters) written at the time of your topic