Skip to main content
site header image

ENG 237 - Things Fall Apart (Reacting to the Past)

A guide to resources about the book, its themes, and its author, Chinua Achebe.

Background Information

Encyclopedias and other reference works are a good place to begin your research. Why? Because they help put your research into context. Unless you understand the who, what, where and when of a topic, it's not so easy to see the reason -- the why -- an event occurred or an idea came into being.

Here are some reference works that may help you understand the context of Things Fall Apart:

Finding Articles

General Databases:  A good place to begin searching for articles is within one of our databases. These contain hundreds of academic journals and thousands of articles to which we have access. Below are a few databases that are particularly useful for historical research. 

Academic Search Premier -  Use this database to find articles related to virtually any topic or subject.

JSTOR - Database of full text scholarly journals from the first issue to 3-5 years ago.

Electronic Journals:  Along with the many databases you can search, here are a few specific journals that may be useful:

Interlibrary loan requests

Use our interlibrary loan (ILL) form to request resources from other libraries around the nation:

Perkins Library ILL Request