This research guide is for students in History 355: The African Borderlands. It is designed to help you identify, analyze, and choose appropriate information sources, books, articles, blogs, newspapers, videos, films, etc., that address the topic you have chosen. This guide concentrates on electronic resources, especially those commercial databases that index and abstract scholarly literature dealing with many different topics pertaining to Africa and individual African nations. In many cases, links to the full-text of the article, chapter, paper, or even the entire book are also provided. Whatever the resource, the assumption is that it has gone through review processes designed to assure that it meets academic publishing standards.
There is also a growing amount of current, reputable information on the WWW freely available and of interest to students researching African areas of interest. This guide points to some of the sites that might be of help in studying African borders and borderland issues. In addition, it includes hints for effectively searching on the WWW and evaluating the information you find there which is vitally important if you are considering resources that have not gone through a commercial or scholarly publishing review process.