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This subject covers: the history of Africa from early times to the present. Other related topics are: African Studies; Middle East Studies; and Afro-American Studies.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from scholarly journals and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean--and full-text coverage of core Black Studies periodicals. Coverage is international in scope and multidisciplinary--spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social, and political issues of vital importance to the Black Studies discipline.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

A compilation of databases covering African studies, including among others, the Index to South African Periodicals and South African National Bibliograpy. Contains data previously covered by "South African studies" and "African studies" databases

More than 40 nineteenth- and twentieth-century African newspapers. Featuring titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Searchable edition of one of South Africa's newspapers, with deep coverage of the country during the Apartheid Era.

An online resource of news from around the world, obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports. NOTE: This resource has been discontinued and is now an archive of world news between 1995 and 2013.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Povides access to two research oriented databases: Africa Women's Biblographic Database (1986-date) and Africa Periodical Literature (19th Century to date)

EJAB is a refereed online journal of bibliographies.


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Country Studies

Focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in Southern Africa, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The contents of the collection document colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region. Included are periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other relevant books, oral histories, and speeches.

"World Heritage Sites: Africa is made up of 20 sub-collections and more than 57,000 objects... The collection includes photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, aerial and satellite photography, images of rock art, excavation reports, manuscripts, traveler's accounts, historical and antiquarian maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research."

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.


Peoples of Africa: an Ethnohistorical Dictionary


Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.

General Reference Works

More than 40 nineteenth- and twentieth-century African newspapers. Featuring titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Handbooks and Manuals

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

The ASK-DL project is a pioneering initiative in the identification, recovery, integration, consolidation, and dissemination of information contained in rare handwritten and out-of-print African language documents of non-latinate scripts.

The African Language Materials Archive (ALMA) is a valuable resource for teachers, literacy trainers, readers, language learners and scholars. It includes a web-based electronic archive of original materials published in African languages. Currently the archive contains E-Books in Wolof, Pulaar and Mandinka, collected from authors in Senegal and the Gambia. Materials in other languages will be continuously added.

Provides an excellent interdisciplinary introduction to French-speaking Africa through the variety of its contents: generalist sites, continental press, references by country, music, art, literature, research centers, commercial sites, and associations.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

Magazine Titles

News digests taken directly from African newspapers, radio broadcasts, news agencies, UN publications, European newspapers, and journals, giving full credit to original sources.

News Sources

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Online organ of the Africa Resource Center that offers full-text accessibility to selected e-journals, web resources devoted to Africa and the diaspora, a gallery of African related poetry, art, and criticism, and a list of books and design galleries.

Statistical Resources

This book presents statistics by country on the following areas: population and employment; national accounts; agriculture, forestry and fishing; industry, transport and communications; foreign trade, prices and social statistics.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

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