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History databases

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Historical Abstracts
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books and dissertations on world history from 1450 to present, 1954-present.

Core scholarly journals from a range of disciplines, dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before the present.

Project Muse
Scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences published by university presses; searchable by journal issue, author, and keyword, 1996-present.
News stories from a full range of local newspapers from all over the African continent, 1997-present.

Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature
Indexes over 300 mostly scholarly periodicals from 29 African countries, 1991-present.

America: History and Life
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews relating to United States and Canadian history and prehistory, 1954-present. Important for U.S.-African relations.

Finding other scholarly and contemporaneous articles

Academic Search Premier
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.

Humanities International Complete
Journal articles in archaeology, classics, cultural studies, arts, philosophy, history, linguistics, and literature, plus literary magazines, 1975-present.

Anthropology Plus
The scholarly literature of archeology and anthropology (biological, physical, linguistic, social and cultural) in several languages, late 1800s to present.

The full text of the 32 journals published by the American Anthropological Association, some dating back to the nineteenth century.

EHRAF World Cultures
Thousands of ethnographies originally published as articles, books and dissertations. Its indexing traces social features across cultures, 1983-present.

Countries and their cultures
Information on food, rituals, pastimes, arts, etc. of 200 nations.

International Political Science Abstracts
Citations to articles from international political science periodicals, 1951-present.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
The international scholarly literature of political science, including articles, books, chapters, and reports, 1975-present.

PAIS International
Public and social policy literature in political science, international relations, social sciences. Articles, government documents, reports, 1915-.

Historical New York Times
The entire New York Times, searchable, in image files, from 1851 to three years ago.

Historical Boston Globe
The entire Boston Globe, searchable, in image files, 1872-1979.

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Citations to articles in 600 popular U.S. magazines, 1890-1982.

The last three databases allow students to access news stories from the late 19th and early 20th-centuries as events in Africa were reported in American magazines and newspapers of the period.


Palmer's index to the Times    AI21.T5
Index to the London Times;  film number for the  microfilm of the paper is A9 (Must be retrived from storage for users). Click here for online retrieval form.


    Books on colonialism in Africa

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    The principle subject headings in the Five Colleges Library Catalog for the "Scramble for Africa" are

    Europe--Colonies--Africa--History--19th century
    Europe--Colonies--Africa--History--20th century
    Africa--Colonization--History--19th century
    Africa--Colonization--History--20th century
    Africa--History--To 1884

    UMA WorldCat also has thousands of books, articles, websites, films, art, etc. on the European colonization of Africa. Use Interlibrary Loan to have these materials brought here for your papers.


    Primary sources

    Colonies: Africa.
    JV1004 .A3A  70v.
    Reprints of British parliamentary papers on Britain's African colonies.

    British documents on foreign affairs: Africa, 1848-1914.
    JZ632.B747 1995   30v.

    Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States.

    Sub-Saharan Africa: A guide to research resources.


    Reference Resources

    The Africana section in the Reference Collection runs from DT1 to DT791. It includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks, including

    New Encyclopedia of Africa (online)

    Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students (online)

    Peoples & cultures of Africa.  DT14.P46 2006

    Encyclopedia of African peoples.  DT15.E53 2000

    Encyclopedia of African history. DT20.E53 2005

    An African biographical dictionary.   DT18.B76 2006

    Africa on file. DT6.7.A34

    Key events in African history: a reference guide. DT20.F35 2002

    Encyclopedia of twentieth-century African history.   DT29.E53 2003

    Africana: the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience   DT14.A37435 2005

    The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Africa DT3.C35 1980

    Encyclopedia of African history and culture  DT3.P27 2005

    Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara   DT351.E53 1997



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