History: Africa

Online Resources

Find Books

For detailed suggestions on finding relevant books see "Books" tab in this Research Guide.  Here are a few extra tips.

Try browsing in the stacks in Memorial Library.  Use the Library of Congress's Classification Outline to tell you the appropriate call number ranges.  For example, books on Morocco have call numbers beginning with DT301 to DT330.  Find these books in Memorial Library using this chart to Book Locations.

Try a Subject search in MARQCAT on  the name of a country combined with one of the following four categories:

politics and government
social life and customs
foreign relations

History is a narrower term for the Library of Congress than it is for most historians.  It tends to be wars and revolutions.  All four categories together encompass what historians usually mean by history.

Follow these steps:

1.  Go to the MARQCAT Box immediately below.

2.  Click on the dropdown arrow by the window on the left and select Subject.  

3.  In the window on the right enter the name of a country, such as south africa, followed by one of the four other terms noted above, for example: south africa history.

4.  Click on Submit.

Refine your search by exploring the subject headings under your topic.



Tools: Advanced Search

AHA Guide

The AHA Guide to Historical Literature will get you started on any time period anywhere in the world.  The link is to the online version.  You might find it easier to start with the print version to see how it is organized.

Congressional Research Service Reports

A special division of the Library of Congress produces reports at the request of members of Congress and congressional committees.  Search for those in the public domain here.  Start by entering the name of a country.

CRS Reports