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  • Librarian: Marion Frank-Wilson
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E660
  • Phone: (812) 855-1481
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last updated: 7/10/2013

AFRI-L202: Occultism in Africa

2013 - Summer Session II
Instructor: Dr. David Adu-Amankwah

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies


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 at their

How to Find Sources:

For Books:
Search IUCAT or IU Worldcat

a) Author: Fortune, Dion

b) Title: What is occultism?

c) Keywords:
Occultism AND Africa
Witchcraft AND Ghana

For tips on effective keyword searching, see: Boolean Operators.

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.

For Articles:

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

Africa-specific indexes:
Africa-Wide Information (formerly Africa-Wide NiPAD)
African Studies Abstracts Online

Other, discipline-specific indexes:
ATLA Religion
Academic Search Premier
Historical Abstracts
MLA International Bibliography (for literature, folklore, popular culture)

Try these keywords:
Trokosi AND Slavery
Trokosi AND Ghana
Trokosi AND Women
Ghana AND Traditional Religion
Ghana AND Witchcraft
Africa AND Witchcraft
Ghana AND Occultism
Ghana AND Indigenous Beliefs
Ghana AND Indigenous Knowledge
Ghana AND Indigenous Magic
(Human) Sacrifice
Traditional Religion
Traditional Healers
Spiritual Healers
Medicine AND Religion

Evaluating Websites:
Evaluating Internet Resources (links to resources)
sEvaluating Web Sites

Need help finding electronic full texts of journal articles?
How do I find electronic full-text articles with IU~Link? (screencast tutorial)

Other Useful Websites:
Africa South of the Sahara: Religion in Africa
Religion in Africa on the Internet (Columbia University)
H-Africa (important listserv for African Studies--look at discussion threads on topics such as ritual, voodoo, witches, primitivism, mami wata)
Information Commons, Wells Library (tips for conducting research, writing papers, and more)
last updated: 7/10/2013