Selected Resources for: African Studies

Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

grant044@tc.umn.edu

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.

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

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.


Catalogs

Search with MNCAT 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.


Dictionaries

Subtitle: The People, History, and Politics of Africa and the African Diaspora

Peoples of Africa: an Ethnohistorical Dictionary


Encyclopedias


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.


Guides

African Studies Companion

This guide to African Studies resources includes over 1,900 annotated entries, covering both print and online resources on Africa.


Handbooks and Manuals


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

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

An interdisciplinary, fully refereed, online journal.


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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.


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