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History Research Guide: Africa

Overviews & Major Sources


This is the best place to start when you need detailed background information on a specific topic before you begin research in broader databases and search engines.

General History Databases

These databases include journal articles and book chapters across a wide range of historical periods and geographic locations.

Secondary Sources

The websites and databases in this list primarily contain scholarly articles and monographs on African topics. They are not limited to African history; in fact, many of them are focused on journals and scholarship produced in Africa, as opposed to works solely about Africa.

Primary Sources

These are databases of primary sources specifically intended for undergraduate use and research.

These links go to a variety of sites which have primary sources relating to the history of Africa available.


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