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Last Updated: Dec 01, 2021     Views: 85

Research Guide

The Library provides an excellent Research Guide for HIS-100 with a Research Starter This link opens in a new window for South African Apartheid as well as some initial primary source documents and secondary source documents with recommendations for databases and websites.

For example, the Research Guide provides a link to a letter that Nelson Mandela wrote in 1961 to Hendrik Verwoerd. This letter is from the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory This link opens in a new window, which has many other primary source documents as well.

Background Research

Understanding the history and dynamics of Apartheid can be very difficult, especially when developing a topic. To help you get started, read pages 29-34 of Apartheid and Amnesty This link opens in a new window for a brief overview of Apartheid. We also recommend the reference articles on this topic This link opens in a new window in our World History in Context database.  As you read, be sure to jot down the names of specific people or events that you want to research and use those as your keywords when you search the online library.

Search Strategies

If you are researching South African Apartheid in the Multi-Search, ProQuest, JSTOR, or any of the other databases available in A-Z databases, the following keywords and search terms are often helpful in finding sources and topics that discuss multiple aspects of Apartheid:

  • Nelson Mandela
  • South African Apartheid AND Segregation
  • Post-Apartheid
  • African National Congress
  • Afrikaner nationalism AND South Africa
  • National Party South Africa
  • South African Apartheid AND Education

We also recommend searching these terms in eBooks from EBSCOHost or eBook Central-ProQuest for a great selection of eBooks on Apartheid that provide both primary and secondary source content.

Further Assistance

For additional help researching Apartheid, please consider the below FAQs or call, email, or chat with a librarian:


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