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Topic for database search practice during library instruction session:

Analyse the balance between state and NGO aid efforts for famine relief in Ethiopia in the 1980s.

Some questions to consider:

  • Who produced this source? Is the author’s biography (i.e., viewpoints and personal background) relevant to understanding this source? Did he or she have an agenda?
  • When was this source created? Where? Is it representative of other sources created at the same time?
  • Why did the author produce this source? For what audience and purpose?
  • Is it a work of scholarship, fiction, art, or propaganda?

Group 1:

Human rights and food aid in Ethiopia : hearing before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations and the Subcommittee on Africa of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, first session, October 16, 1985. Washington : U.S. Government Printing Office, 1986. Retrieved from:

Group 2:

Bello, G. I. (1990). The international politics of famine relief operations in ethiopia: A case study of the 1984-86 famine relief operations (Order No. U615376). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. Retrieved from:

Group 3:

(November 26, 1984, UNITED STATES EDITION). A Five-Point Plan for Action. Newsweek. Retrieved from

Group 4

Kissi, E. (2005). Beneath International Famine Relief in Ethiopia: The United States, Ethiopia, and the Debate over Relief Aid, Development Assistance, and Human Rights. African Studies Review, 48(2), 111-132. Retrieved from

Questions retrieved from: Writing Center Harvard College Writing Program Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Harvard University WRITING CENTER BRIEF GUIDE SERIES A Brief Guide to Writing the History Paper

Research Design and Writing History

Historical Research and Interpreting Primary Sources


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