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Background Information

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.


American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature
Print Location: Ref D20 .A43x 1995
International African Bibliography Online Restricted Resource
Indexes articles on Africa generally, African regions, Indian Ocean islands, and the African diaspora. Publications are from African and international sources, primarily in English. Full text of bibliography available from 2008–2009 and 2012–2015.


Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915–present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.


Library of Congress Map Collection
The Library of Congress offers maps from its collection in the categories of: Places in the News, Cities and Towns, Cultural Landscapes, Conservation and Environment, Military Battles and Campaigns, Discovery and Exploration, Transportation and Communication, and General.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
large collection of national and international maps. One strength of this collection is its inclusion of maps of Current Interest topics.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1801–1900. Database containing over one million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain, including titles on women, children, sports & leisure, and humor.
Times Digital Archive [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Historical Texts

Google Book Search
Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.

Library Catalogs

Center for Research Libraries
Includes collections of primary source material such as newspapers, pamphlets, and government reports. Many collections are digitized; other materials may be ordered through ILL and will typically arrive in about three days.

Primary Sources

Digital National Security Archive Restricted Resource
Contains 39 collections consisting of over 100,000 meticulously indexed declassified government documents, covering critical world events and U.S. policy decisions from post-World War II to the present. Bibliographies, chronologies, glossaries, overviews, and photographs are included.
Documents from the African Past
Print Location: DT1 .D55 2001

Empire Online Restricted Resource
1492–present. A digital collection of original primary documents relating to intercultural contact, including aspects of imperialism, religion, race, and class.

Data and Statistics

International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 4675 .M552 2003


ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.

Reference Resources

African States and Rulers
Print Location: Burling Ref DT17 .S74 1989
An encyclopedia of native, colonial, and independent states and rulers past and present
Encyclopedia of African History
Print Location: Burling Ref DT20 .E53 2005

Web sites

Africa South of the Sahara
From the Stanford Libraries--including links to newspapers.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
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Chris Jones
Special Collections Librarian and Archivist of the College
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To locate primary source material, use the terms "sources," "case studies," "personal narratives," "correspondence" or "diaries" in your search. Also, search subjects under the names of individual nations.