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Using Franklin Catalog to find books on China in Africa
It's pretty easy to find books on China in Africa in Franklin Catalog, the Penn Libraries catalog, but it's even easier if you know how to construct a search.
- Know your Library of Congress subject headings!
The relevant subject headings have a dyadic structure:
|China--Foreign relations--Zambia||Zambia--Foreign relations--China|
|China--Foreign economic relations--Zambia||Zambia--Foreign economic relations--China|
|Investments, Chinese--South Africa|
|Economic assistance, Chinese--Tanzania|
- Use Franklin Catalog's "keyword expert" search.
Take advantage of those dyadic subject headings:
Substitute country names or add them as synonyms for Africa.
- subject:(china OR chinese) AND subject:(relations OR commerce OR investments OR assistance) AND subject:(africa OR zambia OR tanzania OR ethiopia)
- What if my book is charged out?
If it's late in the semester, you'll find many China in Africa books will be charged out. Turn to E-ZBorrow and BorrowDirect for these - copy the Franklin Catalog book's title or ISBN and paste into the E-ZBorrow or BorrowDirect search box. Both services typically take three or four days to deliver, if our lending partners have their copies on shelf.
Good books hidden in fulltext collections
As the Penn Libraries' electronic collections grow, keeping track of our fulltext holdings - especially single items within a database - can be very difficult. Many of these ebooks will be found through Franklin Catalog, too, but here are some good recent books that survey China in Africa. Their parent databases will have other useful readings, too.
World Bank eLibrary
This database offers fulltext for almost 10,000 World Bank published books plus working papers and journal articles published by the World Bank. The collection may be browsed by world region or by subject, and it may also be searched fulltext.
This one-stop site for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development statistics, periodicals, and books is a great information source on China's economic relations with Africa.
While specifically focused on countries formerly in the British Empire, the Commonwealth Secretariat publishes on topics relevant to developing countries and small nation states.