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Includes the series The Cambridge History of Africa, The Cambridge History of South Africa, and The Cambridge History of Egypt

Includes New Encyclopedia of Africa (2nd ed), and Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History. (Ref 960.03 Z37) London: Routledge, 2003.

New Atlas of African History. (Ref 911.6 F877) New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.


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Africa Revisited - Text of a report on the early history of Africa, ending with the heading "Colonial architecture."

African Postcolonial Literature in English - Browse various subjects, such as Post-colonial theory, religion, and specific country studies, such as Uganda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

African Studies Internet Resources - From Columbia, a definitive site for both Africanists and people interested in Africa. Huge.

African Studies WWW - From the University of Pennsylvania, a variety of links that can connect to resources related to history, as well as other subjects, such as anthropology, religion and human rights. Searchable. - Offers a more contemporary look at modern Africa. Includes oral history (under Voices), data resources, bibliographies, and much more. Many links point to e-journals.

Africa South of the Sahara - Many subject headings relating to the history of Africa! Pages of annotations. From Stanford University libraries.

Country Studies: Africa - From the Library of Congress. Check the dates for currency.

Encyclopedia of African History and Culture. (Ref 960.03 P146) New York: Facts on File, 2001.

Encyclopedia of African Peoples. (Ref 301.03 D540) New York: Facts on File, 2000.


Historical Dictionary of Egypt. (Ref 962.003 G572) Lanham, MD: Scareacrow, 2003.

The Story of Africa: African History from the Dawn of Time - A BBC special report, organized chronologically.

Africa Contemporary Record: Annual Survey and Documents. (Ref 960.3 Af83) New York: Africana Publishing, Irregular.

Africa Historical Text Archive - A variety of links including the Chief George Manual Memorial Library, full text of narratives and journals, and closer study of certain African countries and areas such as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Western Sahara.

Internet African History Sourcebook - Debates on issues in history using articles, megasites, and other Web links. Organized into a general timeline. - Two African studies databases: Africa Women's Bibliographic Database and Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database plus full text of Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa, 1763-1999: a Comprehensive English Language Bibliography.

Human Rights

Doctors Without Borders - Find stories from around the world that deal in a variety of issues where this organization had an important role.

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center: War Crimes Research Portal - Select the category to see a collection of documents and links relating to that subject. Includes information on the Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, and the Sudan.

Human Rights Watch: Africa - Press releases relating to issues from the entire African continent.

Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda - Report dated April, 2004. From Human Rights Watch.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(7th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 907.2 R148

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 
by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b 
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
Turabian Citation Guide (Web site)

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