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Foundations: Latin America / Africa 1200-1600

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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library,  ABC-Clio Greenwood ebooksInfobase eBooks and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.


The Library's RhinoCat is our automated catalog of print and non-print books, DVDs, and other library materials. It is available from any browser at A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits.

TIPS: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project. And to find books available in ebook format, include the keyword "electronic" in your search.

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  • Africa and Africans in the making of the Atlantic world, 1400-1800. (an online ebook)
  • Africa and the West : a documentary history from the slave trade to independence. DT353.5 .E9  A34 2010 v.1
  • Africa's discovery of Europe: 1450-1850. DT353.5 .E9 N67 2002
  • Africa's glorious legacy. DT13 .A37 1994
  • Africa: history of a continent. DT20 .D28 1966
  • Africa in history. DT20 .D28 
  • Africa: selected readings. DT22 .B87 1974
  • The African Adventure. DT3 .S49 1973
  • The African and Middle Eastern world, 600-1500. DS36.85 .P68 2005
  • African civilizations: precolonial cities and states in tropical Africa. DT352.3 .C66 1987
  • African kingdoms. DT25 .D29
  • The African past; chronicles form antiquity to modern times. DT20 .D3
  • The Africans. DT 352.8 L28 1982
  • Africans: the history of a continent. DT20 .I45 1995
  • The civilizations of Africa a history to 1800. (an online ebook)
  • Empires of medieval West Africa : Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. DT532 .C66 2005
  • A history of Africa. DT20 .F33 1986
  • A history of Africa south of the Sahara. DT352 .W48
  • History of East Africa. DT365 .H55
  • The human record : sources of global history. D5 .A53 2012 v.2
  • Lost Cities of Africa. DT25 .D3 1959
  • The Middle age of African history. DT20 O39
  • Through African eyes. DT1 .T48 1988
  • West Africa before the colonial era. DT476 .D35 1998
  • Wonders of the African World. DT14 .G385 1999

Central and South America 

  • Ancient America. E61 .L62
  • Ancient civilizations of the Andes. F3429 .M53 1964
  • Ancient Mexican architecture. F1219.3 A6 S713 1968b
  • The ancient sun kingdoms of the Americas: Aztec, Maya, Inca. E65 .V6 1962
  • The art of Mesoamerica: from Olmec to Aztec. F1219.3 .A7 M55 2006
  • The Aztec, man and tribe. F1219 V72 
  • Aztecs: an interpretation. F1219.76.S64 C44 1991
  • The Aztecs : gods and fate in ancient Mexico. F1219.73 .B87 1980
  • Aztecs: reign of blood and splendor. F1219.73 .A975
  • Brazil: five centuries of change. F2521 .S54 1999
  • Daily life in Maya civilization. (an online ebook)
  • Daily life in the Inca empire. (an online ebook)
  • Daily life of the Aztecs. (an online ebook)
  • Empire of the Inca. F3429 B84
  • Everyday life of the Aztecs. F1219 .B845 E9 1987
  • Everyday life of the Incas. F3429 .K47
  • Everyday life of the Maya. F1435 .W65 E9 1987
  • Handbook to life in the Aztec world. F1219.73 .A35 2006 (also an online ebook)
  • Handbook to life in the ancient Maya world. F1435 .F676 2002 (also an online ebook)
  • Handbook to life in the Inca empire. (an online ebook)
  • The Inca empire: formation and disintegration of a pre-capitalist state. F3492.3 .P65 P38 1991
  • Inca: lords of gold and glory. F3492.I61992.
  • Maya civilization. F1435.3.A7 .M2513 1998
  • Moctezuma's Mexico. F1219 .C36 1992 
  • Old civilizations of Inca land. F3492 .M46 1972
  • Pre-Columbian architecture of Mesoamerica. F1219.3 .A6 H4913
  • Rise and fall of the Maya civilization. F1435 .T497 1966
  • The world of the Incas. F3429 .P87

Primary Sources

See the course guide Finding Primary Sources for ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

To find journal articles, use Academic Search Complete and JSTOR.

  • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your search to Full Text, Articles, and language
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online Overview essays, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos on eight ancient and medieval civilizations
  • Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals from Gale's vast reference collection as well as related full-text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, audio-visual content, and websites.
  • Biography Reference Bank Biographies of more than 600,000 individuals, including the full-text of Current Biography magazine 1940 - current
  • Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Daily Life Through History Explore aspects of everyday life in different historical eras through thousands of primary sources and information from over 100 books from Greenwood Press and ABC-Clio.
  • History Reference Center An Ebsco database featuring content from reference books, non-fiction books, and history periodicals
  • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century. Also contains a 19th century British pamphlet collection and ebook content.
  • Modern World History Online Overview essays, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • Oxford Art Online Includes the full text of the 34-volume print edition of The Dictionary of Art plus several other art reference works
  • Oxford Music Online Includes the full text of the 29-volume print edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians plus several other music reference works.
  • World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras Authoritative primary and secondary sources, in-depth explorations of key topics, and profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world.
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
  • World History: The Modern Era Covers the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes reference articles, media and primary source material.



Updated 5/1/2018