Encyclopedias and and other reference works provide background information and can be used to identify key people, events and dates which can then be used as search terms for finding additional information.
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United Nations Statistical Division - Databases include a wide range of socio-economic indicators.
World Bank - Continent of Africa
World Development Indicators - World Bank's annual compilation of data about development.
SourceOECD - Wide range of economic statistics.
Lexis/Nexis Statistical - Indexes and abstracts statistical information in three databases: U.S. government (ASI). State and Private (SRI), and International Inter-governmental organizaions (IIS).[UW restricted]
EIU.com (Economist Intelligence Unit) - data, country profiles, reports, and summaries. Analysis and forecasts on more than 200 countries and six key industries from the Economist Intelligence Unit. [UW restricted]
Global Health Observatory - this World Health Organization (WHO) portal provides access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation.
African Writers Series [UW restricted]
Online edition includes fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose from African writers, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p'Bitek and Tayeb Salih.
ResearchWorks [Open access]
ResearchWorks is a permanent, safe service for providing access to articles, technical reports, datasets, images and other file types produced at the University of Washington by faculty and Researchers.
These resources provide background information that can help you define unfamiliar terms, clarify issues, locate quick biographical information, verify dates and events, and locate statistical data.