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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

Revolutions: Post World War II Decolonization and Independence: Home

Your Research Process

Using this guide effectively

  1. Start by selecting the continent your country is contained within from the tabs above (Africa or Asia).

  2. Once you are on the correct continent tab, look at the Encyclopedias and Reference Books and Subscription databases we have highlighted to give you a broad overview of your subject. This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture

  3. Next, dive deep with Books/eBooks (Africa or Asia). We have placed both general books and books specific to each country on reserve, and within those country specific lists are also links to ebooks you can access from anywhere. These monographs will have more specific information about aspects of your topic. Sometimes there will be an entire book on your specific topic, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs.

  4. Interpret Primary Sources: Primary sources are things produced in the historical time period being studied. These can range from the written word, to artwork, coins, tools, and even everyday household objects. Please note that some of the monographs on reserve also contain primary sources. Interpreting primary sources will require the background knowledge gained through your reference and monograph research.

  5. Find Images to engage your presentation audience: During your presentation, your words should be the focus, but sometimes an added picture really is worth 1000 words!