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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

Oxford Research Encyclopedias: African History - Scholarly essays on a broad variety of topics-- browse the index for ideas.

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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Current international newspapers, and also radio and television transcripts from major networks. 

Current newspapers from around the world. Newspapers included in this database: Moscow Times (Russia), and China Daily (China).

Brief excerpts of news events.  Is good for looking over a time frame to see what was newsworthy rather than a study of the news story itself.

The Library also provides access to many international, national, and local newspapers through Lexis-Nexis Academic. Use the following links to browse current/daily news from these newspapers.  Newspapers included in this database: The Guardian (UK), Spiegel (Germany), Folha (Brazil), Globe & Mail (Canada), and Sunday Times (South Africa).

The complete New York Times from 1851 to the present.  If this is your first time using this source you will be asked to create an account.  You can then log in from any device to access the paper.

Washington Post - The version on the web
London Times - The version on the web

African Collections- Contains the Africa South of the Sahara publication, plus connections to other collections relating to Africa. From Stanford University libraries.

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. - 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.

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.

Africa Online Digital Library - "Building digital libraries in an African context."  Free online exhibits and primary sources that relate to social and political issues.

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.

Genocide Archives - Relating to Rwanda

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.

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

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

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