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last updated: 12/13/2013

Recommended Reference Resources (African Studies)

All items are available at IU and/or online. Most are available in the Herman B Wells Library (Reference, Stacks, GIMMS [Government Information, Maps and Microform Services], etc.), but some are in the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) or other campus libraries.

  • Kagan, Alfred. Reference guide to Africa: a bibliography of sources. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005. Z3501 .K15 2005 [Wells: Reference, Stacks]
  • McIlwaine, John. Africa: a guide to reference material, 2nd rev. and expanded ed. London: Hans Zell, 2007. Z3501 .M3 2007 [Wells: Reference, Stacks]
  • Scheven, Yvette. Bibliographies for African studies, 1970-1986. London: Hans Zell, 1988. Z3501.A1 S335 1988 [Wells: Reference; ALF]
  • Scheven, Yvette. Bibliographies for African studies, 1987-1993. Compiled by Phyllis Bischof ... [et al.]. New Jersey : Hans Zell Publishers, 1994. Z3501.A1 S345 1994 [Wells: Reference]
  • Skreslet, Paula Youngman. Northern Africa: a guide to reference and information sources. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000. Z3515 .S57 2000 [Wells: Stacks]
  • Zell, Hans. African studies companion: a guide to information sources. 4th ed. Lochcarron, Scotland: Hans Zell Publishers, 2006. Z3509 .A39 2006 [Wells: Stacks; online edition]

  • Accessions List, Eastern and Southern Africa [1993-]. Z3516 .U52 [ALF] / Supplement. Z6959 .Z9 U52 [ALF]
  • Accessions List, Eastern Africa [1968-1992]. Z3516 .U52 [ALF] / Supplement. Z6959 .Z9 U52 [ALF]
  • Africa Bibliography [1984-1996]. Z3501 .A37 [Wells: Stacks]
  • Africa Index [1971-]. HC800.A1 U54c [Wells: GIMMS]
  • Africa south of the Sahara: index to periodical literature, 1900-1970 and 3 supplements (through 1977). Z3503 .U5827 [Wells: Reference]
  • African Book Publishing Record [1975-]. Z465.7 .A35 [Wells: Stacks]
  • African Books in Print. Z3501 .Z44 [Wells: Stacks]
  • Africa Index Medicus
  • African Journals Online (AJOL)
  • African Studies Abstracts (ASA) [1994-]. DT1 .D62 [Wells: Stacks; online]
  • Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database
  • Africa-Wide Information (combination of two well-known databases, South African Studies and African Studies)
  • African Women Bibliographic Database
  • Anthropological Index Online
  • AnthropologyPlus
  • Current Bibliography on African affairs [1962-]. Z3501 .C97 [Wells: Reference]
  • DISA: Digital Innovation South Africa (combines two archival resources: "South Africa's Struggle for Democracy: Anti-Apartheid Periodicals, 1960-1994" and "Southern African Freedom Struggles, c. 1950-1994")
  • eHRAF Archaeology
  • eHRAF World Cultures
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Islamicus (scroll down alphabetical list)
  • International African Bibliography = Bibliographie internationale africaine [1971-]. Z3501 .I62 [Wells: Reference]
  • Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (covers 1991-2011)
  • Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature, Eastern and Southern Africa [1991-1999]. Z3503 .Q38 [Wells: Stacks]
  • Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa
  • World Bibliographical Series [search by country name and series title]. Published by Clio Press, 1977-.

  • Dictionary of African Biography. New York: Reference Publications, 1977-1995. DT18 .D55 v. 1-3 [Wells: Reference]
  • Historical dictionary of ... [insert country name]. Series published by Scarecrow Press.
  • Mays, Terry M., and Mark W. Delancey. Historical dictionary of international organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2002. JX1995 .D375 1994 [Wells: Stacks; ALF]

  • American & Canadian Doctoral Dissertations & Master's Theses on Africa, 1886-1974. Z3501 .S614 [Wells: Reference]
  • Bibliography of Canadian Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations on Africa, 1905-1993. Z3501 .C981 [Wells: Reference]
  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses A&I
  • Repertoire des theses africanistes françaises. 1977-1989. Z3501 .R44 [Wells: Reference]
  • Theses and Dissertations on Southern Africa: an international bibliography. 1976. Z3518 .P775 [Wells: Stacks]

  • Africa South of the Sahara. London: Europa Pub. 1971-. DT4 .A254 2008 [Wells: Stacks; online]
  • African higher education: an international reference handbook. Damtew Teferra and Philip Altbach, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. LA1503 .A39 2003 [Education Library]
  • Africana: the encyclopedia of the African American experience. 2d ed. 5 vols. Kwame Appiah and Henry Gates, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. DT14 .A37435 2005 [Wells: Undergraduate Reference]
  • Ethnologue: languages of the world. Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. [online]
  • Middle East and North Africa.London: Europa Pub. 1948-. DS49 .M62 [Wells: Reference; online]
  • New Encyclopedia of Africa. 5 vols. John Middleton, ed. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 2008. DT2 .N48 2008 [Wells: Reference]

  • Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
  • African Studies Internet Resources: Virtual Library (Columbia University Libraries)
  • Africa Web Links: An Annotated Resource List (African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania)
  • A-Z of African Studies on the Internet
  • Center for Research Libraries

  • Johansson, Eve, ed. Official Publications of Western Europe. London: Mansell; Bronx, NY: distributed by H.W. Wilson, 1984-1988. Z291 .O38 1984 [Wells: GIMMS]
  • Westfall, Gloria. French Official Publications. Oxford; New York: Pergamon Press, 1980. Z2169 .W47 1980 [Wells: GIMMS, Reference]
  • Westfall, Gloria. Guide to Official Publications of Foreign Countries. 2nd ed. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1997. Z7164.G7 G84 1997 [Wells: GIMMS]

  • African Adventure Atlas. Evergreen, CO: National Geographic, 2003. G2445 .A37 2003 [ALF]
  • Atlas du continent africain. Paris: Le Group Jeune Afrique et les Editions du Jaguar, 1993. G2445 .A85 1993 [Wells: Stacks]
  • Freeman-Grenville, G.S.P. New atlas of African history. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. G2446.S1 F73 1991b [Wells: Stacks]
  • McIlwaine, John. Maps and mapping of Africa: a resource guide. London: Hans Zell, 2000. Z6027.A2 M38 1997 [Wells: Reference, Stacks]

  • African Statistical Yearbook. HA1955 .U5 [Wells: Stacks, GIMMS; online]
  • ProQuest Statistical Datasets
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
  • World Development Indicators (World Bank)
  • last updated: 12/13/2013