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African Studies

Core Resources

Africa-Wide: NiPAD  (16th century +)
Access to journal articles, news articles, reports, and more on Africa and South Africa. (formerly African HealthLine, African Studies, South African Studies)  (1997+)
Access to the full text of over 130 African newspapers and magazines, including articles in French. Covers the entire African continent.
Access: Click on the blue SA ePublications link on the right-hand side of the page.
Provides access to selected full text South African journals in the social sciences, humanities and law.
Provides indexing for Eastern and Southern Africa-published journals, emphasizing social and political issues. (from the Library of Congress)
Social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, & environmental indicators on Africa.
Comparative series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, markets and civil society in Africa.
Online primary source materials and documentation from or concerning Africa. Currently includes materials in these areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, African Plants, and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.

Important Resources

Full text of 760 stories and folktales by African, African American, and Caribbean authors.
Comprehensive commercial index to United Nations parliamentary & working documents, monographic publications, & serial titles.
Provides access to these journals: JENDa : a journal of culture and African women studies; West Africa review; ProudFlesh : new Afrikan journal of culture, politics and consciousness; Ijele : art ejournal of the African world ; African journal of criminology and justice studies and Journal of African philosophy; and the following databases: Kiswahili story database; African music database and the Biafran War database : Africa's first modern genocide (1967-1970)
Indexes articles and other rmaterials on Africa, focusing on social and economic development.
Bibliographic citations with subject, country and region, and author indexing for English-language literature on African women.
Includes over 250 full text works of African fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose.
Anthropology Plus  (1800+)  
Worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Anthropology Plus combines Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and the Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK.
Indexes the periodical literature on Africa, with subject, country and region, and author indexing.
Scholarly essays and access to articles in Black Studies journals. Combines the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, the International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), and the full-text of The Chicago Defender, an important Black newspaper, from 1935-1975
Black Studies on Disc 2003  (1988+)  
Note: Microforms - Film (B) Preceded by Guide to Negro Periodical Literature, 1941-1946 (F) Microfilm 1099.041 and various other titles covering 1950-98 (DR) AI3.O4.
Information by and about people of African descent worldwide, and its geographic scope emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. This resource, made up of records from the Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and G.K. Hall & Co.'s annual Index to Black Periodicals, provides access to material in all formats, including books, serials, microforms, audio and audio-visual resources, photographs, manuscript collections, art, artifacts, and ephemera.
Covers the three key decades in the growth of opposition to apartheid rule, a period when the African National Congress (ANC), black consciousness, and other resistance movements were very active. Approximately forty periodical titles have been selected from a very comprehensive list.
Ebsco Academic Search  (1975+)  
Multi-disciplinary database providing abstract & indexing with select full text for many core scholarly journals as well as popular press periodicals
EconLit  (1886+)  
Indexes international economic literature. Includes major journals, articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, full-text book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.
Background reports covering economic, political, and social conditions of countries.
Environment Complete  (1888+)  
Abstract/index information for environmental policy and studies.
Full-text of many major national and regional newspapers, including the full-text of the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and the Nikkei Weekly. Some titles are abstracted only. Includes selected full-text and abstracts of many industry and general interest publications. For non-English, choose appropriate language
Note: For later years see World News Connection.
Translation service of the U.S. Government, usually attributed to the Central Intelligence Agency. It covered political, military, economic, environmental and sociological news and commentary, as well as scientific and technical information.
Historical Abstracts  (1954+)  
Indexes books and journal articles on the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
Index Islamicus  (1906+)  
Indexes literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Includes over 2,000 journals, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews.
Grey literature on social, political, and economic current history of the African Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Rwanda and the surrounding countries -- Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Democratic Republique of Congo or Congo-Kinshasa).
Current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts for over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers, and newsletters from the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Full text archive of core journals in select disciplines. Journal issues from the most recent 3-5 years are usually NOT available electronically through JSTOR.
Comprehensive database of legal materials, including cases, statutes, and regulations of the U.S. government and the various state governments; case law from 1789 to present; current and historical statutes and regulations from 1980 forward. Provides full text of many major global, national, and regional newspapers. For comparisons between Lexis-Nexis Academic and Factiva see
Web of Science (ISI)  (Sciences (1900+), Social Sciences (1898+), and Arts and Humanities (1975+).)  
Multidisciplinary index to journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Offers the option to find cited references, which are the authors lists of articles used in their research.
Online access to World Bank publications. Useful for research in international social and economic development. Also see the World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository which contains open access materials.
Includes annual economic, social, educational, environmental and health data from many of the World Bank's major statistical publications.
World Bank and UNCTAD data on trade, tariffs, and non-tariff measures. Requires registration. World Bank and UNCTAD data on trade, tariffs, and non-tariff measures. Requires registration.
Provides full-text access to historical newspapers from Africa.
Provides citations and abstracts of the international literature in political science, including journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, and reviews. It also covers such areas as international relations, law, sociology, economics, and public policy. Provides references to reliable websites.

Related Resources

Figures and summary narratives on both international and internal armed conflicts in the world, whether dormant or active, since about 1960. Focus is on wars, terrorism, refugees and returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), fatalities, specific weapons used and their flows, and economic costs. Covers non state parties.
Citations and many full-text articles from religion and theology journals.
Note: You must install Fash version 8 or higher to use.
Works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by women from North America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Education Full Text  (Indexing 1929+; Full-text 1996+)  
Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Cover-to cover indexing, abstracts, and full text from hundreds of journals covering such topics as: comparative education, competency-based education, higher education, literacy standards, prayer in public schools, student counseling, teaching methods and evaluation, and dozens more.
Full-text ethnography materials of the world's cultures. At present, eHRAF indexes only 60 cultures, so for comprehensive treatment of world cultures use the HRAF microfiche collection in Microform Services (Microfiche 285). The collection of ethnography was produced on microfiche from 1950 to 1993. Two guides to the microfiche, Outline of World Cultures and Outline of Cultural Materials are available in Microforms Services (FilmB) GN345.3 .M87 1983.
Citations and abstracts to articles in multiple languages in the humanities and social sciences. Online version of Bulletin Signaletique, published by the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.).
Index of articles from selected foreign law periodicals and US law reviews focused on international law
Links to sites offering legal information on countries, including African countries.
Provides citations to articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of modern literature, language, and linguistics.
Note: 1968-1971 of the foreign language component is only available in print. (SSRC) Z7164.A2P8
Citations to articles, books, reports, and select government documents on U.S. and international public policy issue. Generally considered to be a comprehensive index to policy literature.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Full Text  (1861+; full text 1997+)  
Access to citations and abstracts for every title in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Dissertations written from 1997 forward are available full text. The database includes citations to dissertations from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Citations for dissertations and master's theses published from 1980 forward have abstracts.
Provides access to full-text articles covering selected scientific journals and proceedings collections from Latin America, South Africa and other developing countries.
Abstracts and select full text of select scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers in economics, business, and law.
Coverage of sociology journals, books, and conference proceedings, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.
Sociofile  (1952+)  
Indexing and abstracting of the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied. Covers 2,500 journals, conference papers, dissertations, and book reviews. Includes materials in 30 languages.

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