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African Studies: Reference Books

Find resources on Africa and the African Diaspora.

Selected Reference Books


When you need a general and up-to-date encyclopedia, try Britannica.  This is the online version of the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica.

About Reference Books

Tutt Library has print reference sources for African Studies.  Books in the Reference areas can't be checked out, but they can be photocopied. The Reference Stacks section is on the first floor, west of the Circulation Desk.  There are also style guides, dictionaries, phone books, etc. behind the Reference Desk which you are welcome to use.  The other side of the shelf behind the Reference Desk contains books on graduate school, preparing for graduate exams, career info and the like. 

An easy way to search for Reference books only is to go to advanced search in the Library Catalog  In the "Limit by" section, select Tutt - Reference Material from the Location drop-down menu.  Then enter your search in the boxes.

When to use reference books

Consult reference books when you need background information or an overview of a particular subject or concept. You may also find statistics and bibliographic references. Talk to your professor about what constitutes an acceptable souce for your assignment; a general encyclopedia may be considered too elementary.  However, a specialized reference source may be acceptable.