Pick a research topic:
- Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
- Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
- Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."
What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying.
Identify key concepts:
- Use an online thesaurus.
- Use a dictionary or encyclopedia to find definitions and explanations of African Studies terms and concepts.
- Reference Guide to Africa; A Bibliography of sources DT4 .R42 2005
- Student encyclopedia of African literature (online)
- New encyclopedia of Africa (online)
- Dictionary of African biography CT1920.D53 2012
- Post- Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary JV22.T45 2003
- Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies JV22.A84 (online)
- Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African history
- Oxford encyclopedia of African thought
- The Cambridge encyclopedia of Africa DT3.C35
- The Cambridge history of Africa DT20. C28
- Africana: the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience DT14.A37435 2005
- Encyclopedia of Western colonialism since 1450 JV22.E535 2007
- Historical dictionary of civil wars in Africa DT21.5.A76 2008
- Ethnic groups of Africa and the Middle East : an encyclopedia GN645.S526 2011
- Encyclopedia of the African diaspora : origins, experiences, and culture DT16.5.E53 2008
- EIU.com (Country information)
Do an initial search for academic sources:
Here is a Subject Guide to help you pick the right databases, search-engines and sources for your assignment.
You may find these books about doing library research useful:
- The curious researcher : a guide to writing research papers LB2369.B246 2012
- The elements of library research : what every student needs to know Z710.G44 2008
- Writing research papers: a complete guide LB2369.L4 2005
- Using sources effectively: strengthening your writing and avoiding plagiarism PN146.H37 2017