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:
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.