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HIST 201: Modern African History

Research guide for HIST 201 (Winter 2023)

Getting Started


Find Scholarly Research Articles

How to find a specific journal

There is a list of recommended academic journals on the African History Subject Guide.

To find a specific journal, such as those circulated in class:

  1. Go to the Library's e-Journals A-Z page.
  2. Enter the exact title into the Title search box. 
    • Note that this search box is not forgiving! If you searching for "Journal for African History" rather than "Journal of African History," you won't get what you're looking for.

Specialized databases

Find Recent Newspaper Articles

Newspapers are primary sources of information about historical and current events. As a McGill student, you have access to thousands of newspapers from all across the world.

N.B.: The ProQuest databases below provide an electronic version of the print copy. This matters because sometimes the online titles of an article are sometimes different than the print titles. If you struggle to find the article, try navigating to the date or searching for the first line of the article. If you need further assistance, email your librarian at

New York Times (New York, NY)

  • You can access up to 10 articles a month through the New York Times website
  • New York Times at ProQuest: Current day available. Note that article titles in this database are the same as those printed in the physical newspaper, which sometimes diverge from the titles published online.

The Guardian (London, UK)

Le Monde (Paris, France)


Find more newspapers available via the McGill Library through the Newspapers Guide below.


History as a discipline uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) for citations, and usually the Notes-Bibliography form. This requires creating properly formatted footnotes footnotes and a Bibliography for your assignments. Resources to understand the Chicago style of citations are included below.


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