Background information can be found in encyclopedias, dictionaries and bibliographies. UBC Library provides access to many excellent resources in both print and online versions; a select number are listed below.
Reference Guides and Handbooks
African Biographical Archive (microform) provides access to biographical information on 88,000 individuals from the whole African continent, from the age of the Pharaohs to the present day. The printed index (3 v.) is available in Koerner Microforms Reference at CT1920.A37 1999.
Africa Yearbook (online) series covers major political developments, foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Saharan Africa year by year (2005-present).
Black Drama: 1850 to Present contains the full text of 1,200 plays written by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print.