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Reference works include dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, almanacs, and bibliographies. They give introductory information on research topics.
New Encyclopedia of Africa
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.
Encyclopedia of African History
In Fondren Library Centennial Reading Room (Note: this is a print reference book that cannot be checked out.)