Contact Information
  • Librarian: Marion Frank-Wilson
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E660
  • Phone: (812) 855-1481
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 3/10/2010

J400 Music and Politics in African History

Spring 2008
Instructor: Marissa Moorman (History Department)

How to Find Information in the Wells Library:

IU's African Studies collection ranks among the top tier of such collections in the United States. The focus of our collection is on various disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, i.e., history, literature, languages, folklore, political science, economics, anthropology, etc.

We collect in all formats (print, microform, video, audio), and our collection is equally strong in historical sources (including many primary source type materials) as it is in contemporary materials.

You should be able to find most of the sources required for your research papers here without having to do interlibrary loan. However, if you do request items via interlibrary loan, keep in mind that it may take 2-4 weeks for them to arrive.

Access to the African Studies Collection:

1. Ask the Librarian: Marion Frank-Wilson (, 812-855-1481, Wells Library E660)
2. Consult the African Studies Collection

How to Find Sources:

For Books:
Search IUCAT or IU 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.

a) Author: Isaacman, Allen

b) Title: Music in West Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

c) Keyword:
Missionar* AND (Zimbabwe OR Rhodesia)
Music AND Nigeria
Primary Source AND Africa

For tips on effective keyword searching, see: Boolean Operators

For Articles:

a) Selected print indexes (available in the Reference Room of the Wells Library)
International African Bibliography - call number: Z3501 .I62
Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature for Eastern and Southern Africa (also online at:

b) Selected online indexes can be found by going to: Resources by Subject - African Studies

Africa-specific indexes:
African Studies (now Africa-Wide NiPAD)
African Studies Abstracts (has a separate Women's database)

Other, discipline-specific indexes:
Academic Search
Historical Abstracts
Anthropology Plus
MLA (for literature, folklore, popular culture)
Web of Knowledge

For Primary Sources:

Visit this Primary Sources research guide for help with topics like 'What is a Primary Source?' and how to find primary sources for news, audio/visual, digital collections, archives and more.

To find primary sources at IU, search IUCAT. "Primary Source AND Africa" as a keyword search statement will bring up many useful sources. Since many of the older primary sources are on microfilm, the keywords "Africa AND microform" will also produce good results.

Africa Through Western Eyes, parts 1, 2, and 3; (Adam Matthew, microform)
Original manuscripts, papers of Cameron, Cruikshank, Livingstone, Moffat, Park, and Stanley

Colonial Discourses, series one: Women, Travel, and Empire, 1660-1914; (Adam Matthew, microform)

Empire Online (Adam Matthew, electronic publication)
This database is being published in five sections between 2003 and 2007 offering approximately 60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The sections cover Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969 (2003); Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire (2003/4); The Visible Empire (2004/5); Religion and Empire (2005/6); and Race, Class and Colonialism, c. 1783-1969 (2006/7).

Other good places to look for primary sources:
African Newspapers
Links to online newspapers from many African countries can be found at: African Newspaper Subscriptions

For Angola
the Wells Library also subscribes to the print version of
Jornal de Angola (latest 6 months in the Wells Library Newspaper Room)

The Wells Library African pamphlet collection includes speeches, flyers, and other primary materials. This collection is not cataloged in IUCAT, but is listed on our website at: database is searchable by keyword. For example, if you are interested in finding primary sources from Angola, type "Angola" in the search box, and you will get a list of relevant materials. This is a print collection only, and the materials may be read in the African Studies Collection office.

Wells Library Poster Collection
For information about posters, please contact Marion Frank-Wilson (, 812-855-1481, Wells Library E660)

Other campus libraries with African primary sources:

Lilly Library
Papers of Nobel laureated Nadine Gordimer (from South Africa)
Papers of Athol Fugard (well-known South African playwright)
BBC interviews with authors

Archives of Traditional Music

Primary Sources in other Libraries and Archives:

Africa South of the Sahara "History: Primary Sources" at:
Great collection of websites with access to primary source collections

Monitor Relevant Listservs, such as H-Afresearch

Search Worldcat

Evaluating Websites:
Information on how to critically evaluate information on the web can be found at the Information Commons'

last updated: 3/10/2010