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History, Africa

An overview of resource available through the Ryerson University Library for the study of the History of Africa. It covers the modern period (Colonial and Post-Colonial) as well as the pre-colonial period prior to 1850.

Online Learning Modules for Social Sciences and Humanities Scholars

The SSH 205 Library Instruction guide contains five online learning modules that introduces basic research skills that all students entering the social sciences and humanities should master. If you complete all of the lessons, you'll be well on your way to becoming a good researcher.

The modules cover:

  • Where to start your research -- the library
  • Popular vs scholarly sources of information
  • Keywords and search strategies
  • How to find articles
  • Organizing and citing your sources
  • Optional Survey to help us improve the modules

RUSearch Tutorial

The RUSearch Tutorial is a separate web-resource that leads the reader through three modules on how to conduct academic research.

Module One (Getting Started) covers

  • Reading and writing at the university level
  • Time management
  • Understanding the assignment
  • Developing a Topic

Module Two (Finding Information) covers

  • Types of sources
  • How to find sources
  • How to take notes
  • Structuring your essay

Module Three (Pulling it All Together) covers

  • Writing start to finish
  • Citing your sources
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Revising, editing, and proof reading