This site can help you navigate the new and different expectations you will encounter when doing research at the college-level. The site provides basic information you will need to know right away when you start doing research, as well as important advice, explanations, and useful strategies.
Get a head start on your Research Project by using Subject-Specific Encyclopedias. They can help you identify a good topic or develop a research question.
New Encyclopedia of Africa
2008 ed. Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.
Countries & Their Cultures
2001 ed. Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara CASE Ref. DT351 .E53 1997 vol. 1-4
Sub-Saharan Africa: An Environmental History
2006 ed. Information and analysis on the environmental forces that have helped shaped the cultures of the African continent.
Academic Search Premier
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
Coverage: 1951-present. Indexes and asbstracts social science and interdisciplinary research. For book reviews, search title of book and REVIEW in Publication Type.
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women`s history, history of education, and more.
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered. If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database. However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
Coverage: 1974-1996. Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Series 1 through 6 have been released. They cover Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East.
World News Connection
New interface! Coverage: 1995-2013; extremely limited 1994. Translations from more than 800 non-U.S. media sources, including news articles, Web sites, broadcasts, periodicals, government press releases, and non-classified technical reports. Information is available within 24-72 hours from original publication or broadcast. Earlier content is available from Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996 on the Newsbank platform.ProQuest interface (2006- ) disappearing in 2014, available from the Databases A-Z list
World Newspaper Archives - African Newspapers 1800-1922
Featuring English- and foreign-language titles from Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, African Newspapers offers coverage of the issues and events that shaped the continent and its peoples between 1800 and 1922. For a title list click here.
OECD iLibrary Books Papers and Statistics
1998+ The OECD iLibrary contains books, articles, and statistics on international economics. In addition to the data, it contains analysis. Users can browse by theme or country. One can perfom searches across all the content or restrict searches to specific content - e.g. just statistical data. The resource also provides a number of tools to allow users to reformat the data and create charts.
Data (World Bank)
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group provides free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.
Africa Maps - Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Contains images of hundreds of maps of the Africa's nations, major cities, and more. Provided by the University of Texas, Austin.
Coverage: 1840-present. The photo archive for the Associated Press has over 500, 000 images dating from 1844 to the present and covering a wide range of events and locations.
Online information about commonly used citation and style guides, e.g., MLA, APA, etc., Refworks, and a list of print guides available in the Colgate Libraries.
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online
Free online version of Hacker's famous guide to citing research. Excellent resource, and works as a great online addition to the Writer's Guide.
Writing & Speaking Center
The Colgate Writing and Speaking Center offers students one-to-one assistance with essays and oral presentations. Our mission is to help any writer or speaker at any stage of the process, from brainstorming initial ideas to revising a final draft or reviewing an oral performance.