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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

Revolutions: Post World War II Decolonization and Independence: Africa


The print and electronic sources below are encyclopedias and other reference sources that will give you a broad overview of your subject:

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture.

Make note of terms relating to your topic which you can then use when searching for secondary sources (books and journal articles) and primary sources. Examples: Names of people; important dates; relevant legislation; words or expressions unique to your topic. These are your "keywords."  You will also use these keywords to search in the index of your ebooks.

General Search Tips:

  • Search phrases in quotation marks. For example: "New Deal" or "Great Depression".
  • Look for terms on your search results page indicating overview articles, such as Encyclopedia, Reference, Overview.
  • Look for Filter ResultsFilters, or Document Type and then look for terms indicating overview articles.

Examples of Reference Sources: Almanacs, atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries / thesauruses, encyclopedias, handbooks, and indexes.

Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks


Africa (World Today series). Ref DT1 .D6 2019/20 (previous year available in Main Collection upstairs)

Encyclopedia of African history. Ref DT20 .E53 2005. 3 vols 

Encyclopedia of African south of the Sahara. Ref DT351 .E53 1997. 4 vols

Encyclopedia of political revolutions. Ref JC491 .E63 1998

Encyclopedia of the modern Middle East. Ref DS43 .E53 1996    4 vols

Encyclopedia of western colonialism since 1450. Ref  JV22 .E535 2007  3 vols (also an online ebook)  

Great events from history: The 20th century, 1941-1970. Ref D421 .G6295 2008.  6 vols (also an online ebook)

Oxford encyclopedia of African thought. Ref DT14 .O97 2010  2 vols

Oxford handbook of modern African history. 2013 (an online ebook)

Databases in the box below also contain reference information on your topic.

Online Subscription Databases

Books on Reserve

Reserve books MUST BE SIGNED OUT and are for use IN THE LIBRARY ONLY for duration of project.

Books / eBooks

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, and other library materials. 

To find SECONDARY source books and ebooks:

  •  A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. 
  • When you identify a book that looks useful, click on the book title to open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.

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