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HIST 281: War in Modern Africa

Professor Thabiti Willis - Fall 2020

Digitized Documents & Collections

Search A Library Catalog

Online catalogs contain records for books, periodicals, and newspapers, and other materials that serve as primary sources for historical research.  Three strategies. 

1. Conduct author searches in Catalyst and WorldCat for people, institutions, and organizations important to your topic.

2. Conduct word searches in Catalyst and WorldCat combining terms that describe your topic with LCSH terms that typically indicate something was published as a primary source, like any of the following words: correspondence, diaries, pamphlets, personal narrative, sources, "description and travel." 

  • Keywords: "Tanzania" and sources 

3. Search for your topic by subject or word, then limit your search or sort your search results by publication date to find those that were produced during the era in which you are interested

  • Subject: 
    Africa, East > Description and travel.
    Pemba (Tanzania) > Description and travel.


Translating older place names

Not sure where Tabropane was? Try these methods for translating...

1. Look in a catalog or reference book

2. Look at old maps

3. (Advanced) Search Name Authority Files