Course: Eng 102: English Composition II

Professor Onuoha

Chinua Achebe

Topic: Things Fall Apart

This guide is designed to help you research Things Fall Apart. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

Use specific title or author when searching, example 1: "Achebe and literary criticism", example 2. "Things Fall Apart and literary criticism". We have whole books in our collection dedicated to literary criticism of specific authors or books. You can also use a subject search such as "Chinua Achebe"


Chinua Achebe: a biography. PR9387.9.A3 Z66 1997

Chunua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. PR9387.9.A3 T538 2007

Chunua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. PR9387.9.A3 T538 2007

Reference Books

Black Literature Criticism, Detroit : Gale Tresearch Co., 1992-. Ref. PS153.N5 B556 1992
Student Encyclopedia of African Literature, Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008. Ref. PR3940.A52 K 65 2008
The Cambridge of African and Caribbean Literature, Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. Ref. PN841 .I74 2004


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Things Fall Apart.
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Use databases to find articles on Things Fall Apart.


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center™ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. This is the best place to start.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

CLC is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. 24 articles on the Things Fall Apart and dozens more on Chinua Achebe.

Literature Reference Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Over 46 articles about Chinua Achebe.

Biography Resource Center

This database contains more than 400,000 biographies on nearly 275,000 people gathered from over 90 reference sources . Good place to find information about Chinua Achebe.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study.

Streaming Videos

Chinua Achebe: Afica Voice
Things Fall Apart
has been translated into 50 languages, has sold over 8 million copies, and is considered one of the 20th century’s literary masterpieces. This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, noted professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart.// Vital concepts indigenous to the Ibos of southeastern Nigeria such as oral culture, reincarnation, and negotiation—concepts essential to a deep understanding of the novel—are also presented. This program is an indispensable supplement to Achebe’s best-known novel that elucidates Nigerian history and culture and the impact of colonialism. (61 minutes)

Web sites

There are some good web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

African Authors: Chinua Achebe
African Literature and Writers on the Internet
Chinua Achebe: an overview


Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial

Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 09/29/09 by Wiliam Hoag:
Updated 09/27/11