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Africa: Getting Started with Research

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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks

Many sources for background information, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and bibliographies may be shelved in the Reference Collection in the African Studies Library Reading Room.

Biographical Sources

Historical Dictionaries

Use the BU Libraries search to find historical dictionaries. Search the catalog for African historical dictionaries.

To find dictionaries by country, try searching “Historical dictionary of [insert country name]”.). 

Here are some examples of country and topical historical dictionaries:



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