ANTH4620A:ANTH5209F Contemp Sub-Saharan Africa (SEM) Fall 2019
The purpose of this guide is to help you find academic sources of information to supplement your course readings and help you complete your assignments.
The following pages will help you locate reliable sources of information on "ethnic identity" for your selected sub-Saharan country.
1. Background information for your "case study":
Search these resources to find background information on African countries, including the ethnic groups within them. These can then be used as search terms for books and articles on your research topic.
- Case studies in cultural anthropology
- Biographical dictionary of social and cultural anthropology / Vered Amit.
- International dictionary of anthropologists / compiled by Library-Anthropology Resource Group (LARG) ; Christopher Winters, general editor ; editorial board: Michele Calhoun ... [et al.].
- BBC Country Profiles
- CIA World Factbook
- e-HRAF World Cultures
- Culture Profile: eHRAF World Cultures Tutorial on YouTube
- Films (streaming and videos): use Summon and search by country, then limit by "video recording" and "streaming video"
- AfricaMap (online map based on the Harvard University Geospatial Infrastructure (HUG) platform)
- AllAfrica - All the Time
- Ethno-Net Africa
2. Background information on African boundaries and ethnic conflict:
- Borders, nationalism, and the African state / edited by Ricardo René Larémont.
- African boundaries : a legal and diplomatic encyclopaedia / by Ian Brownlie, with the assistance of Ian R. Burns.
- The Routledge handbook of ethnic conflict [electronic resource] / edited by Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff.
- Africa since independence: a comparative history
3. Academic Encyclopedias
Encyclopedias and reference handbooks in the library are good academic sources to start your research. They can help to narrow down your topic, or understand new words. The library has access to some databases that contain multiple academic encyclopedias.
You can use these databases by searching for a key word or topic idea in the main search box, or you can choose a specific encyclopedia in the collection to find more subject-specific information.
TIP! Try concept mapping to further explore and refine your research topic.