Gender and Sexuality in African History: CLIO Searching & Primary Sources?

General Tips on Searching in CLIO--Library Catalog

  1. Reference works or statistical publications -- in print or electronic
    • Combine name of country or language or ethnic group as “Subject” -AND- another term as a “Subject”….such as:

      bibliography | handbooks | statistics | atlas -or- maps

      biography | congresses (conferences) | dictionaries

     
  2. Historical sources—published
    • Use “Subject” keywords like:

      “description and travel” | “personal narratives”

      sources | "case studies" | biography

       
    • Colonial government publications

      Search [name of the colonial territory], Great Britain Colonial Office, France, etc. as “Author” or “All Fields”

     
  3. -"Gender and Sexuality in African History" -- Suggested Keyword Searches in CLIO:
    • Combine "history" -or- "Africa" -or- name of a country with:

      social conditions | sex role | women | men | gender | masculinity | feminism

      sexuality | “personal narratives” | “women and children” | “women in development”

      gay | sex discrimination | health | medicine -or- medical | AIDS

      missions (missionaries) | population

     
  4. Literary works
    • Search by author or title …or combine [name of individual language] as “Subject” with:

      literature | drama | fiction | poetry | criticism
       
    • Exceptions….African literature (English) ; African literature (French)

Primary Sources?

  • Autobiographies and memoirs
     
  • Historical newspapers
     
  • Unpublished government records & published government reports
     
  • Ethnographic surveys & case studies
     
  • Travellers’ accounts & descriptions
     
  • International organization & national NGO reports based on field investigations
     
  • RECOMMENDATION: Routinely search & read articles in the back issues of two journals: