POLS 43001: Junior Seminar: Democracy/Citizenship/Africa


Reference tools provide generally agreed upon "facts" or common knowledge -- background information, the who, what, where and when -- and a bit of the how and why -- for any topic. They include subject and biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, almanacs, chronologies, directories and atlases. Many, especially dictionaries and encyclopedias, are now available online. Many others, especially historical atlases and chronologies are still only available in print.


Links to online referernce collections that may contain helpful sources depending on your topic.


Selected examples of print reference sources.  All titles are located in the General Reference Collection (1st floor, Hesburgh Library).  Browsing the reference collection using the examples listed below as starting points can be very effective.

  • Encyclopedia of the stateless nations: ethnic and national groups...  D 860 .M56 2002
  • HIstorical Dictionary of Zambia.  DT 3037 .G76 2008 [series -- country by country)
  • The Statesman's Yearbook.  JA51 .ST29
  • Political Risk Yearbook: Vol. 4, Sub-Saharan Africa. JQ 1871 .A1 P64
  • Europa World Year Book.  JA 51 .E89 (see also online version Europa world)
  • [CIA] World Fact Book.  Documents Center, SuDoc (Lower Level Hesburgh) - PREX 3.15:




  • Global geopolitical flashpoints: an atlas of conflict.  JC 319 .A52 2000
  • World Bank Atlas / Atlas of Global Development.  G 1046 .G1 I5
  • The atlas of Africa.  Atlas Oversize Cases G 2445 .N4
  • The new atlas of African history.  G 2446 .S1 F73 1991
  • Historical atlas of Africa.  Atlas Oversize Cases G 2446 .S1 H5 1985

In addition there is a large collection of current and historical atlases in the Hesburgh Library Reference Collection (first floor -- non-circulating).

Data & Statistics


  • Afrobarometer is "an African-led series of national public attitude surveys on democracy and governance in Africa."


Last Update: February 01, 2012 14:20