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Maloney - Native American Nations and African Kingdoms: Home

Welcome to the Library!

You are embarking on your Native American and African Kingdom Project with the help of your library subscription databases and eBooks. If you want to access these links off campus, please be sure you have the password to the library databases and eBooks.

You may ask yourself: What is a database and why should I use them? What's the difference between a database and an open access website?

Databases and eBooks: Authoritative Content from Respected Sources

  • Paid for by the library. (Think of them as premium cable channels.)
  • Cannot be easily searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by editors and publishers.

Websites : Onus* Is on You to Verify the Content  

  • Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Must examine with a critical eye. You need to spend time determining if content is correct.

What about this website?

Onus means responsibility. It's your responsibility to be sure the content is correct. It's a better use of your time to use the library databases, when possible.

Theory of Civilization

What defines a civilization? What is your theory?


Through this project, you will create your own theory; and, more importantly, you will tailor your criteria around the society you are researching. 

General Open-access Articles