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A guide to UF Libraries' research and teaching resources in African Studies. Feel free to let us know what would be useful to have included.
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Selected reference titles

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Africa South of the Sahara - Europa Publications, Ltd.
Call Number: LIBRARY WEST: Reference (3rd Floor) -- DT351.A37
ISBN: 1857431839
Available oneline in the most recent edition, the premiere general resource for current, detailed information on African countries. One of the best starting points for regional and country-specific topics in college level research. Updated annually, includes current contact information for government agencies, NGOs, press outlets, religious organizations, etc. Articles signed by authors.

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African studies companion: a guide to information sources - Zell, Hans M.
Call Number: LIBRARY WEST: Reference (3rd Floor) -- DT19.8.Z45 2006
ISBN: 0954102924
The 4th edition of the African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources is located in Reference and available online.
"A compact, time saving guide to print and electronic information sources, databases, and repositories providing easy access to a wide range of information in the African studies field."

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Countries and their cultures - Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember
Call Number: Library West Ref. GN307 .C68 2001
ISBN: 0028658965
Countries and their cultures. Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember, editors. New York : Macmillan Reference USA, c2001.

Datamonitor includes country profiles. Each report uses the PESTLE framework to analyze the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental structure of the country. Each of the PESTLE factors is explored on four parameters: current strengths, current challenges, future prospects and future risks.

Reference guide to Africa a bibliography of sources - Alfred Kagan and Yvette Scheven
Call Number: LIBRARY WEST: Reference (3rd Floor) -- Z3501.K15 1998
ISBN: 0810835851

Frequently used resources

  • Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
    Prepared by Karen Fung for the Information and Communication Technology Group (ICTG), African Studies Association, USA.
  • Africa Water Atlas  
    2010. United Nations Environment Programme
    Hardcover: 314 pages; ISBN: 9789280731101
    This Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos.
  • African Cinema web dossier  
    A selection of titles of books, articles and documentaries on cinema in Africa published since 2003, the cut-off date of the first web dossier. Each title links directly to the corresponding record in the African Studies Centre (Leiden) library’s online catalogue, which provides a more detailed description of all titles as well as abstracts of many articles and edited works.
  • African-related theses & dissertations completed at UF
    First compiled in 1996, a comprehensive bibliography of African-related theses and dissertations completed at the University of Florida (originally through calendar year 1995, updated through 2000, with annual updates from 2001-2009).
  • An A-Z of African Studies on the Internet
    A comprehensive directory of web resources relating to Africa from Michigan State University Africana Bibliographer Peter Limb.
  • BBC News | Africa
    International news stories relating to Africa from the BBC.
  • Center for African Studies
    The University of Florida Title VI National Resource Center for African Area Studies.
  • Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP)  
    Founded in 1963, CAMP is a joint effort by research libraries to promote the preservation of publications and archives of Africa.
  • Electronic Newspapers of Africa
    Compiled by Columbia University Libraries, this list of online newspapers (available without subscription) is part of a larger, on-going effort -- AFRINUL--"a union list" of African newspapers held by research libraries in North America.
  • Ethnographic Video Online  
    A visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video.
  • H-Africa website and topical discussion list
    H-Africa encourages discussion of Africa's history, culture, and African studies generally. Africanists of all disciplines are encouraged to subscribe.
  • International Mission Photography Archive  
    Offers historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean.
  • Using Google for African Studies Research  
    Important note: the pilot edition of this popular guide, published in September 2004, remains freely accessible, but will not be updated any longer. A fully updated and condensed version of the guide appears as Chapter 25 in the 4th revised and expanded 2006 edition of The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources.
  • WorldCat
    WorldCat database of academic library catalogs

Journals, indexes & full-text resources

See also: Humanities Resources for African Studies (many of which aren't specific to Africa).

  • Africa Bibliography
    An authoritative guide to works in African studies published under the auspices of the International African Institute annually since 1984. This the online consolidated version brings together every record collected since the bibliography's foundation, producing a rich and interactive resource for all scholars interested in the study of Africa.
  • Africa Confidential
    Africa Confidential news digest (access through 2006 only).
  • African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review  
    2011 (Vol. 1) -
    ACPR is a joint publication of the Africa Peace and Conflict Network, the West African Research Association, and Indiana University Press. E-ISSN: 21567263
  • African eJournals Project
    The African e-Journals Project makes journals published in Africa and about Africa more available to scholars worldwide.
  • African Journal Archive  
    A [South African based] retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, providing access to a multi-disciplinary, multi-country digital archive of Africa’s research and cultural heritage contained in its journal literature.
  • African Journals Online
    AJOL is a database of journals published in Africa, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of AJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey.
  • African language materials archive
    The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.
  • African Newspaper Collection  
    African Newspapers from the World Newspaper Archive in partnership with Readex and the Center for Research Libraries (most issues from before 1923). More than 40 nineteenth- and twentieth-century African newspapers. Featuring titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • African research & documentation
    Published by SCOLMA, the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa: "SCOLMA’s journal on libraries, archives and information science relating to Africa and African studies. We publish articles, book reviews, bibliographies and reports from conferences."
  • African Studies Abstracts (ASA Online, Leiden)  
    Quarterly index of journal articles and edited works on Africa in the social sciences and humanities available in the African Studies Centre library (Leiden). Incorporates the US Library of Congress Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (1991-2011).
  • African Studies Quarterly
    Edited and produced at UF's Center for African Studies, this peer-reviewed, online only journal has pioneered the open access approach in African Studies since 1997.
  • Africana Conference Paper Index
    The Africana Conference Paper Index is an index to the individual papers -- in western European languages -- of the conference proceedings held by Northwestern's Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. The file is updated daily.
  • Aluka  
    Includes African heritage sites and the Southern African liberation struggle archives.
  • AnthroSource  
    AnthroSource is the premier online portal serving the needs of educators, students, researchers, and practitioners. An online service of AAA, AnthroSource offers access to more than 100 years of anthropological knowledge.
  • Arabic Sources
    Richard Saltzburg's guide to Arabic resources available for UF users.
  • ASA News online
    Newsletter of the African Studies Association.
  • Atlantic History - Oxford Bibliographies  
    "The series was launched in 2009 and now has over 100 entries available for use with many more in development. Articles are written by a range of scholars from numerous countries and summarise the best in scholarship now available."
  • Azania  
    Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
  • Black Studies Center  
    Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. It combines several resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), historical black newspapers, and the Black Literature Index.
  • CAMP collection highlights guide
    This page describes selected highlights of the Cooperative Africana Materials Project collection at the Center for Research Libraries. It does not represent the complete holdings of CAMP, but rather a representative description of some of the items in the collection. For access to all of CAMP's holdings, please search the CRL Catalog (see link below to
  • Center for Research Libraries e-resources search  
    Over 1,500 African-related monographs are available to CRL member institutions.
  • Critical African Studies
    Critical African Studies seeks to return Africanist scholarship to the heart of theoretical innovation within each of its constituent disciplines. We invite directional papers that provoke critical debate, and take a fresh approach to key and emergent social, political and economic issues affecting Africa. In particular, we encourage pieces of critical inquiry that question or subvert long-held or widely-assumed truths, especially concerning disciplinary boundaries.
  • Dissertations
    With more than 2.7 million entries, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. UMI offers over 2 million titles for purchase in microfilm or paper formats. More than 930,000 are available in PDF format for immediate free download, and an average of 2,000 new PDFs are added to the database each week. See "Finding Dissertations" tab for a broader guide to finding obscure and international dissertation.
  • Doing Business in Africa
    A wealth of resources on African economies, industrial sectors, resources, infrastructure, and other information relating to African markets and, broadly, the business environment.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit at  
    Includes: ViewsWire (daily updates highlight up to 250 key economic, political and market developments around the world); and Country Reports (monthly updates on nearly 200 countries). Country Profiles (annual updates on these same countries) were discontinued in 2009 but remain available for earlier years.
  • eHRAF World Cultures  
    eHRAF World Cultures is a cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The annually-growing eHRAF database is unique in that the information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.
  • Encyclopedia of African Religion  
    The first comprehensive work to assemble ideas, concepts, discourses, and extensive essays on African religion.
  • Ethnographic Video Online
    Provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. This first release includes 404 videos totaling roughly 270 hours.
  • Frontline Diplomacy  
    The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.
  • General History resources
    Chelsea Dinsmore's general guide. Note that America: History and Life, and Historical Abstracts are the two history journal index databases likely to be of most use for African Studies.
  • Government Documents for African Studies
    Chelsea Dinsmore's guide includes the series "Government Publications relating to African countries prior to Independence," European historical sources covering foreign relations with the colonies and trade companies, etc.
  • ilissAfrica  
    Cross search of "internet library sub-saharan Africa" (ilissafrica) catalog (European libraries). Focus is on contemporary Africa, literature, and the social sciences.
  • Images and Visual Research
    Ann Lindell's guide includes tabs for Architecture, Art, Historical images, etc. ARTStor includes Christopher Roy images from Burkina Faso. The Smithsonian's own site is also a useful resource for African art history research.
  • Index Islamicus
    Produced by Brill Academic Publishers, Index Islamicus is an international bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Coverage for African countries is quite good.
  • JSTOR African Studies browse  
    An important archive of non-current journals in many fields. Current issues can most often be accessed via links in the Library Catalog. No current journal issues are included.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (1973-Current).
  • National Archives of the UK  
    The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.
  • Oxford Bibliographies: African Studies  
    Reliable, online, annotated bibliographies on a wide array of African Studies topics. Important note: Trial access to complete series is available to UF users through October 2014.
  • PAIS International
    PAIS International (1972-Current). Public affairs, public and social policies, international relations.
  • Periodicals Index Online
    A database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years. It enables researchers to quickly locate articles relevant to their particular field of study, and reduces what could involve years of study to a matter of minutes.
  • Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS)  
    The Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security (IPRIS) is a non-profit and independent NGO, based in Lisbon. IPRIS is dedicated to research on issues of International Relations, with particular interest regarding Portuguese foreign and defense policies.
  • Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (see ASA Online)
    Updates ceased, but contents incorporated into the Leiden based African Studies Abstracts (ASA Online) in 2013. Covers 750 journal titles acquired and indexed by the Library of Congress from 29 African countries (published 1991-2011).
  • Reference Universe
    Reference Universe contains of 35 million data elements to over 45,000 specialized reference works. The elements are matched to your library's electronic or print holdings, offering you a customized view. Searching your library’s specialized subject encyclopedia collection helps refine your search; save time, and get to the book or journal you need more quickly and accurately.
  • SALDRU  
    Access the Working Papers and other publications from the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit (SALDRU), School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa.
  • Subject Specialists & Subject Guides for UF
    Find library assistance with specific subjects, contact information, library research guides, etc.
  • Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies  
    An interdisciplinary journal of African Studies. Named after the Swahili word for comprehension, understanding or being, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies is committed views about social issues, addressing both the general reader and the scholar.
  • UNECA institutional repository  
    Welcome to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa institutional repository!
  • Web of Science (index 1899-present)  
    Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.

Open Access Publishing Fund

UF Open Access Publishing Fund The University of Florida Open Access (UFOAP) Fund Pilot Project supports the goal of making UF research findings immediately, freely and globally available.  Policies and procedures, along with the application form, can be accessed on the Open Access website:

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Center for African Studies

Center for African StudiesThe African Studies Collection at the University of Florida Libraries has a collaborative partnership with the UF Center for African Studies, which contributes generous funding for library materials and services through its U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant as a National Resource Center.



Africana Bibliography course

A one credit graduate course in Africana Bibliography (AFS 5061) is offered each Fall Semester for interested students through the Center for African Studies


Copyright in Africa

Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright
edited by C. Armstrong, J. De Beer, D. Kawooya, A. Prabhala, T. Schonwetter

The emergence of the Internet and the digital world has changed the way people access, produce and share information and knowledge. Yet people in Africa face challenges in accessing scholarly publications, journals and learning materials in general. At the heart of these challenges, and solutions to them, is copyright, the branch of intellectual property rights that covers written and related works.

Published by University of Cape Town Press in association with the International Development Research Centre, the Shuttleworth Foundation and the LINK Centre, Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM), University of the Witwatersrand.

Available as complete download (2.5 Mb), by chapter, or in hardcopy from UCT Press.


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