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Environmental History of Africa

Getting Books Not Available at BU

There are several ways you can obtain books or articles that we do not own. These include:

  • WorldCat Discovery. WorldCat Discovery allows current BU faculty, staff, and students to borrow books directly from other Boston Library Consortium libraries. Turnaround time is approximately three working days. (How to use WorldCat Discovery)

  • Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan services allow current BU faculty, staff, and students to request books, articles, book chapters, and other materials that our ILL staff will obtain from other libraries. Books generally take 2-4 weeks to arrive; articles are generally delivered electronically within 1-2 days.

  • BLC Cards. A Boston Library Consortium Card allows the bearer to borrow—in person—circulating material from a member library, just as you would from a BU library. Boston University faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River Campus may obtain a Consortium Card by filling out an application form. Medical Campus affiliates apply at the Alumni Medical Library.

Recent Books: Africa & the Environment


Environmental History - General

Population, gender & social history


Land Use, agriculture, energy use ..

Environmental Change: Climate, hydrology...

Searching for Books

Search BU Libraries Catalog for more books 
The best way for finding books about the environmental history of Africa is to search the BU Library Search interface. Try a ‘Subject’ search using the following Subject terms/headings:

 Ex.: Environment* Africa history; “Human ecology” Africa history.

To find books on specific sub-topics such as desertification, land use, diseases, drought and famine etc., look for associated terms or events around the sub-topic and try using them as keywords / subject terms  in combination with ‘Africa’ or the specific region, country or locality you want to research.

Ex.: “soil degradation” AND Sahel; ecotourism AND Masai

To find books on specific countries replace 'Africa' with the name of specific country or region you are interested in and combine your search with the keyword or subject heading used as search term.

Begin with a keyword search and try various combinations. How you search can determine the number of results:

Example:   Kenya

Using AND narrows the search:  Kenya AND Conservation

Using OR broadens the search:  Kenya OR East Africa AND conservation

The BU Library Search also has many facets that can be used to refine your search in various ways.  

Example, try searching only in the author field:  Author search for Wangari Maathai

You can further limit your results in various ways, for example choosing only articles or selecting specific years. 
The results provide a breakdown of books and articles on that topic and other similar subject headings you might want to investigate.

Head, African Studies Library

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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies