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HIST 2504/ALS 2504: Introduction to African History (Unangst) Spring 2023 2504 – 01 Assignment 1

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

Finding Background Information

Reference books (encyclopedias, handbooks, chronologies) in print and online form are valuable sources of

information.  Free photocopying of entries in print reference books is available at the Reference Desk

Reference sources generally include:

  • Brief overviews of topics
  • Important concepts, names, and dates
  • Lists of sources for further reading
Africa Ref DT 1 D6
Africa:  An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society Ref DT 14 A3415 2016
Encyclopedia of African History Ref DT 20 B53 2005
Encyclopedia of African History Ref DT 20 E53 2005
Encyclopedia of African History and Culture Ref DT 3 P27
Encyclopedia of 20th-Century African History Ref DT 29 E53 2003
New Encyclopedia of Africa Ref DT 2 N48 2008
Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought Ref DT 14 I74 2010

Online Reference Databases

Cambridge Histories Online                                                                                                   Under Databases on library website

This database includes the complete text of over 350 scholarly titles in the Cambridge History Series.  Each title is also listed individually in the library’s online catalog. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library                                                                                             Under Databases on library website

A collection of full-text reference books covering many subjects, including science, math, and engineering.

Britannica Academic                                                                                                               Under Databases on library website

Standard reference source for information across the disciplines.  Includes links to additional material in periodical articles and books, including primary sources.

Sage Knowledge Online                                                                                                         Under Databases on library website

Selected full text of reference sources across the disciplines. 

Print reference books on African history can be found in Ref DT on Milne Library’s 1st floor and in the library’s sub-basement (SB).