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African Studies: News, current events, historical newspapers

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.

African newspapers and news coverage

UF users have access to several excellent current and back file newspaper databases by subscription, in addition to current African newspapers available free to the public on the web. For more specialized journalism resources, see the Journalism Guide (note also Newspaper Resources links from guides to French and Francophone Studies, German StudiesItalian StudiesPortuguese Studies, and Spanish Studies).

African Newspapers

  • The World Newspaper Archive is a partnership with Readex and the Center for Research Libraries (most pre-1923).

British newspaper archive

  • "The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years." [UF users may not have access to all resources].


  • Full-text documents from news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications
  • Limit searches by news category, source, and date, and search within specific title


  • Select Historical Newspapers titles from list. Includes full-page and article images from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and The Chicago Defender.

Individual African newspapers may be available in microfilm format only: Daily Nation (Nairobi), Taifa Leo (Nairobi), Sunday Nation (Nairobi), Taifa Jumapili (Nairobi), Kenya Times (Nairobi), The Herald (Harare; Sunday issues only), South Africa Times UK (weekly), The East African (Dar es Salaam; also available via LexisNexis), Sunday News (Dar es Salaam), The Standard (Nairobi), The Monitor (Kampala), The New Vision (Kampala). Check library catalog for details. A more complete index of African newspapers available on microfilm in US academic libraries is maintained by the Cooperative Africana Materials Project at the Center for Research Libraries (AFRINUL).

News digests and current awareness titles

For regions and publications without indexes to local and regional or national newspapers, especially where events are not covered by international sources, specialist news digests can assist research by providing access to specific dates, places and actors relating to the events of interest.

  • Africa Research BulletinPolitical Series (1997-present available online) Exeter, U.K.: Africa Research Ltd. 1985- Monthly Reference DT1 .A2283 
  • Africa Research BulletinEconomic Series (1997-present available online) Exeter, U.K.: Africa Research Ltd.1985- Monthly
    Reference HC 501 .A534
  • Africa Today Periodicals DT1 .A22 (1999-present available online via Project Muse).
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in more than 180 countries. Access to individual Country Profile and Country Report print issues is available via catalog search (use the country name as title; Economist Intelligence Unit as author).
  • Jeune Afrique Periodicals AP27.J4 Print publication ceased 2006; archive available online.

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