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last updated: 1/9/2013

African Studies Resources for K-12 Educators

Gateways & Portals | Curriculum Resources & Lesson Plans | Country Resources | Folklore & Culture |
Language | Children's Literature | General Literature | Politics & History | Print Resources | News | Maps


Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources: This guide to Africana on the internet, developed by Karen Fung for the Electronic Technology Group of the African Studies Association, provides an excellent gateway to Africana information. The site is searchable by topic, country,and keyword/phrase.

Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: This site provides access to a variety of useful resources, including the CODESRIA site, a variety of electronic journals, some Africana library collections in the U.S. and Europe, and international news sources. The library page also provides additional access to many resources.

Columbia University: African Studies Internet Resources: This site, developed by Dr. Yuusuf S. Caruso, African Studies Librarian at Columbia University, provides access to online journals and newspapers from or about Africa, an international directory to African studies scholars, and some Africana library collections in the U.S., Europe, and southern Africa. You can search the site by keywords or browse by subject or country.

A-Z of African Studies on the Internet: This guide is revised regularly. It encompasses Internet sites, discussion lists and any other e-resources of relevance to Africa or African studies.

H-Africa Network Homepage: An important international interdisciplinary electronic discussion group, H-Africa's homepage links to current and past discussion threads and forums; conference announcements; archival collections in the U.S., Europe, and Africa; lists of recent Africana dissertations; tables of contents of Africana journals; book, exhibit, and film reviews; and obituaries.

Intute: Modern Languages & Literature: This portal provides access to Intute's catalogue of online resources.


Indiana University's African Studies Program: Outreach

Boston University: Lesson Plans: Includes lesson plans on literature, art, history in Mali, and the Indian Ocean trade. Developed by Boston University's African Studies Center/Outreach Program.

PBS - Africa: This PBS site, called Africa, includes resources and lesson plans.

University of Florida: Center for African Studies: Lesson plans on various African studies topics (history, literature, art, science, etc.) developed by the Outreach Program of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Center for African Studies: Outreach: Includes links to online educational resources.

University of Pennsylvania: K-12 Internet Resources on Africa: The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating on-line resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies. This guide summarizes some relevant materials for K-12 uses available on the African Studies WWW. Maintained by Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar at the University of Pennsylvania.

University of Wisconsin: Outreach and Resources: Maintained by the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin.


U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book:

Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress; Country Studies/Area Handbooks.:

Green Boxes pages for Sub-Saharan Africa: Provides links to print and online country resources. Created by Government Information, Maps and Microform Services at Indiana University.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs: Country and background information, presented by the U.S. Department of State.


African Art: Images and information on African art, presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

African Voices: Interactive exhibit on Africa's history and culture, presented by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian): Online gallery of African art objects.

World Heritage (UNESCO): Includes information on locations in Africa designated as World Heritage sites.

Global Music Archive: Digital Collection of East African Recordings: Provides access to recordings and images of music from Africa. There are over 1700 digital recordings of East African music as well as a bibliography and catalog on associated topics.


Digital Dialects: Contains language games for learning basic greetings, numbers, animal names, etc. Has sections for Swahili, Afrikaans, Chichewa, and Somali, as well as Arabic, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and English.

Ethnologue: A vast language resource indicating which languages are spoken where, complete language classifications, and statistics on the number of speakers.Also contains substantial bibliographies for different languages and helpful information about dialects andregional differences.

African Languages / Linguistics: Portal with numerous links relating to the topic of language in Africa, ranging from links to associations, online dictionaries, language policies, etc. Maintained by Karen Fung, Africana librarian at Stanford University.

National African Language Resource Center: Focused on providing support for African language education in the United States, this site provides a number of resources for interested educators.Includes the Language Map of Africa, which contains information and audio samplesformany African languages.

Omniglot: Writing Systems and Languages of the World: Contains basic phrases and samples of several African languages (e.g., Afrikaans, Amharic, Ewe, Sesotho, Shona, Swahili, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu).The site also has sections on indigenous writing systems used in Ethiopia, Somalia, West Africa, and more.


Africa Access: Designed to "help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children's collection on Africa."Contains book reviews, recommended books for K-12 students, book awards, and more.

International Children's Digital Library (ICDL): Provides access to dozens of children's books written in English, Arabic, Swahili, and other languages. Books are free, online, and full-text.


Reading Women Writers and African Literatures: This site from the University of Western Australia has links to information about francophone African women authors, selections of their work (in French), and information on francophone African literature in general.

African Literature on the Internet: Provides links to African literature resources on the Internet. Major authors have their own subsections, including Wole Soyinka, Cyprian Ekwensi, and Mongo Beti.Frequently updated.

Afrique Francophone: Information on the cultures, music, and literature of francophone Africa (maintained by Prof. Thomas Spear, associate professor of French, Lehman College).

Literature and Culture of Francophone Africa and the Diaspora (Brown University):


The Abolition of the Slave Trade: From the Schomburg Center of the NY Public Library, this site contains extensive images, texts, maps, essays, and more on the slave trade and its abolition.

History Resources for K-12: Includes useful information and resources for the classroom (teacher's guides, lesson plans, etc.).

Portal for Resources on Slavery: Another excellent link from Stanford's Africa South of the Sahara website.

Primary, Full-Text Sources: Includes francophone texts.

South Africa - Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy: Provides video interviews, documents, biographies, images,suggested activities, and other resources for understanding the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.


Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience, 2nd. ed.5 vols.Kwame Appiah and Henry Gates, eds.New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Africa: South of the Sahara.
Europa Publications. London: Europa Publications Ltd, 2008.


AllAfrica: Daily news about Africa from more than 70 news organizations, by AllAfrica Global Media.

BBC News: Africa

Global Voices Online: An international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world.


Afriterra: Focuses on early European maps of Africa, but also contains maps from 17th-20th centuries.High quality digital images allow for zooming and easy navigation.

Northwestern University Library: 16th-20th Century Maps of Africa: Digital copies of 113 antique maps from throughout the period ofEuropean exploration of Africa.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Africa (University of Texas-Austin): Numerous recent maps of the African continent, plus maps of specific countries and cities. Also has historical maps.
last updated: 1/9/2013