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  • Librarian: Marion Frank-Wilson
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E660
  • Phone: (812) 855-1481
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last updated: 2/8/2012

A232 - Contemporary Africa

Marion Frank-Wilson
Librarian for African Studies
Main Library E-660
1320 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907

Tel: (812)855-1481
Fax: (812)855-8068

website: African Studies Collection Homepage

A232 (formerly L232) Contemporary Issues in Africa
Spring Semester 2007
Instructor: Katie Boswell


1. Search the Libraries' online catalog, IUCAT, to find books and journal titles.

For Books:
If you know the book you want, do an author or title search. Otherwise, use the "keywords anywhere" option. This can be a good way to find what is available for your topic. Search terms should be combined with "AND".

Some examples:
South Africa AND apartheid
Kenya AND theater
Nigeria AND media
Tanzania AND language policy

Use the Advanced Keyword search function to develop a more detailed search statement. Using this function, you can limit your results by language and format, and you can enter more search terms.

For Journals:
If you are looking for an article which is not available in full-text online, use the "periodical title search" in IUCAT to search for the journal title (not the article title).

If you can't find what you are looking for in IUCAT, Search WorldCat.
You may submit an interlibrary loan request directly from WorldCat. Keep in mind that it may take 2-4 weeks for books to arrive, whereas articles can generally be obtained faster.

2. To Find Journal Articles:
Use either print or online indexes/databases.

Selected Print Indexes (available in the Reference Room of the Main Library):
International African Bibliography
Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature for Eastern and Southern Africa
(also available online at:

Selected Online Indexes/Databases:
Africa-specific databases:
Africa-Wide NiPAD
African Writer's Series (ProQuest)
African Studies Abstracts
Empire Online

*To find indexes for specific subjects, click on the "Subjects" tab on the Library's homepage.

Particularly Useful:
Anthropology Plus
Historical Abstracts
Academic Search Premier
MLA(for literature and popular culture)
International Political Abstracts

3. African Newspapers:
On the African Studies Collection website you will find a link to African Newspapers online as well as links to the latest breaking news from Africa.

Other News Sources:
Africa South of the Sahara has three excellent links to news sources:
News (Breaking)
News (Continent-wide)
News (by country)

4. World Wide Web Resources:

Evaluating Web Sites
From IUB Libraries, this Web site lists general guidelines for evaluating on-line resources.
From the Africa Resource Center, this user-friendly Web site covers various topics related to Africa and the African diaspora. Sections of this site are dedicated to e-journals, lists of authors and published works, African art, and poetry.

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, or keyword/phrase.

African Studies World Wide Web
This gateway to internet resources is edited by Ali B. ali-Dinar, Ph.D. and supported by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. It offers links to the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), as well as many others. Browse by subject area or search using keywords.

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: Area Studies: African Studies Internet Resources
This site, developed by Joseph Caruso, African Studies Librarian at Columbia, 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.

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography
EJAB is a refereed online journal of bibliographies published by the University of Iowa Libraries. Coverage includes any aspect of Africa, its peoples, their homes, cities, towns, districts, states, countries, regions, including social and economic development, creative literature, the arts, and the Diaspora.

French Resources: Afrique / Africa
Part of the Indiana University Library reference department page on French resources, this site contains several useful links, including two that allow access to online versions of various African newspapers. It also contains a link to Afrique Francophone, an extensive gateway of links concerning francophone Africa created by the Languages and Literature department of Lehman College at the City University of New York.

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.

Current issues of journals can be found in the Current Periodicals Collection.


Find Information on statistics and government publications in GIMMS (Government Information, Maps and Microform Services) on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.

5. Selected Print Sources:

Africa South of the Sahara.London: Europa, 1972-. (good concise overview information for each country).
African Biographical Archive.London and New York: K.G. Saur, 1993-.
Africa Who's Who. London: Africa Books, 1996.
Middleton, John (ed.). Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1997.
Appiah, Anthony. Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Page created by Nicole Beatty.
Page updated by Kate Schroeder, 16 January 2007.

last updated: 2/8/2012