The following sources can be used to locate background information on your country.
you can add defining words to your country. So if you were looking for background information on the agriculture sector in nigeria you could use: nigeria agriculture
In addition, look on the left for links to WorldCat (the catalog for books)
Search tips and strategies for worldcat (the catalog for books) and databases.
example - researching the impact of colonization on Nigeria as it relates to the economy - specifically agriculture.
nigeria economy agriculture colonization
Always think of different ways to say the same thing:
economy or business
agriculture or food or crops
colonization or colonialism or colony or colonies or postcolonial
Develop the strategy:
Use truncation to retrieve variations of the word = *
crop* = crop or crops
use - or - to connect synonyms use - and - to connect concepts
agriculture or food or crop* nigeria and economy and (agriculture or food or crop*) and
colonization or colonialism or colony
education or literacy colonization and brazil and education
politics or government
Use WorldCat to locate books:
Within results, click on the Title and then on Description. The description provides the table of contents and summary (when available).
education developing countries (look at the description, if the countries are not listed, go to the book, look in the index)
nigeria colonial legacy
Same search strategies, except if using boolean (AND / OR) they need to be in CAPS
nigeria economy colonization
nigeria AND economy AND (colonization OR colonialism OR colony OR colonies OR postcolonial)
Once you identify a book title or two that is appropriate for your research, you can find additional books by following the subject headings listed in the description.
Book title = Stepping-stones : memoirs of Colonial Nigeria, 1907-1960
Click on Description and follow the subject heading such as
Nigeria History 1900 - 1960
Click on Description:
Your assignment: Describe legacies of colonization in your country in at least three sectors (politics, culture, economy, education, demography, religion, or social systems)
Databases are subscription resources that bring together articles and other types of research materials into one place with a sophisticated search engine.
There are many, many databases you can use that provide access to journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more related to your legacies of colonization sectors.
Access the databases from this guide or from the libraries homepage using the databases tab. You can also browse by subject category.
Many of the databases you will use are from the EbscoHost publisher.
You can search more than one database at a time by getting into one such as Academic Search Ultimate and then clicking on -
See the tab: Searching Multiple Databases
Possible databases to use, depending on your focus (education, history, health...) but not limited to the following:
Academic Search Ultimate
ATLA Religion Database
Business Source Complete
International Political Science Abstracts
Additional databases are from the ProQuest publisher:
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Search multiple databases together.
For example, Academic Search Complete, Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts... can all be searched together.
Once in one database, click on - Choose Databases - to add additional databases.
Once in results - limit to Academic Journals by using the limits on the left side:
education kenya colonial legacy
economic impact colonial rule kenya
One way to limit your search is to limit the results to specific document types by using site:
site:gov = all levels of government and government sponsored research
site org = associations and organizations
site: edu = educational institutions
tanzania education site: gov
tanzania education colonization site:gov
nigeria legacies colonization site:edu