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Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

06 Nov 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Biography, History

Where can I find information about the Indian Independence movement and Gandhi's non-violent campaign?

LEVEL: Secondary

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is also known by his title Mahatmaji or Mahatma Gandhi. He led the Indian people in a non-violent protest against British rule and is often considered the father of modern India.

For an overview of Gandhi's life, we really like the biography of him on the BBC History website. To find it, or any biography of an important historial figure, find the link on the home page to Historic Figures then click on the letter that the person's name begins with. Most people will be sorted under their surname so click on G for Gandhi.

You can also find information about the Indian Independence movement on BBC History. Use the search bar at the top and the keywords 'Indian Independence' then click go. This will search under all categories on the BBC site so you will need to narrow your results down. Do this by clicking on History, on the left hand side under the heading Categories. The article 'From Empire to Independence: the British Raj in India 1858-1947' has great coverage of the movement, including reasons for independence.

Use the same search for 'Indian Independence' but this time click on the category 'Learning' instead of History, and you can watch a short video about the Indian Independence from the British.

HOT TIP: We like the BBC website because the BBC is a reputable organisation, so the information will be trustworthy.

One of the best places to search is the EPIC databases. These are a collection of information databases that can be really helpful for all sorts of assignment topics through high school.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to AnyQuestions.co.nz between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online.

Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

You will be able to find another biography of Gandhi in the database 'Biography in Context'.

'Encyclopedia Britannica'will be an excellent place to look for information about the Indian Independence. With this online encyclopedia you can search at three different levels, 'Senior High School', 'Middle School' or 'Primary School'. You could start by using the 'search all levels' option with a search for 'Indian Independence', or 'Mahatma Gandhi', then choose the level that you think suits you.

There is also heaps of info in the database 'World History in Context'.

HOT TIP: Another place to look is Wikipedia which has great coverage of many topics, including the Indian Independence Movement. But you need to be aware that this information is contributed by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites or in books from the library.Wikipedia

You can all find some great information on our ManyAnswers entry Indian Independence

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