Bibliographies & Resource Guides in African Studies


  • Africa Access Review (Brenda Randolph, Silver Spring, Maryland)
    "Africa Access was founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children's collections on Africa. Our online database, Africa Access Review, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of books for children. These critiques and descriptions are written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. In recent years, we have expanded beyond our original mission to include Research and Reading projects."
  • Africa: Africa World Press Guide to Educational Resources from and about Africa. (Online) Compiled and edited by WorldViews. -- Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 1997.
    This web site is the electronic version of a 200+ page illustrated book. The electronic edition contains the full text of the chapters, without illustrations, and very helpful, albeit incomplete, bibliographic citations. A full bibliography of the works cited in the text is only available in the print edition.
  • Africa South of the Sahara: Select Internet Resources
    (Stanford University / Electronic Technology Group)
  • African Civilizations: Internet Resources & Print Reference Sources (2010). Compiled by Dr. Yuusuf S. Caruso, African Studies Librarian, Columbia University.
    An online guide produced in support of a core-curriculum, undergraduate course at Columbia College entitled "Contemporary Civilization: African Civilizations".
  • "African Constitutions." (October 2016) Web dossier. (African Studies Centre, Library and Documentation Centre, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • African Diaspora and African Literatures at Columbia University Libraries (New York)
  • African Journals On-Line -- AJOL: Tables of Contents, Abstracts, Document Delivery, & Subscription Information. (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, Oxford, UK)
    AJOL offers tables-of-contents and abstracts for over 210 African-published journals, and a photocopy order service for articles listed.
  • African Media Program (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan)
    "The African Media Program (AMP) offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media." The website features a searchable catalog, with film reviews and some tips on where to find items.
  • AFRINUL: African Newspapers Union List. A project of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project. (The Center for Research Libraries, Chicago, Illinois)
  • African Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database (AfricaBib.Org, Davis Bullwinkle, University of Arkansas, Little Rock)
    A searchable database, organized by region, country, subject, and journal title. "This work was originally begun in September of 1974 as an effort to index all the issues of each periodical/journal title and place them all in one source. This English language database indexes over 26,000 articles from over 200 English language and multi-lingual journals and periodicals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent. The titles were originally chosen from the library at California State University-Chico and that number were later expanded by using materials from Northwestern University and other major university libraries as well as the Library of Congress."
  • African Studies Association of the United Kingdom: Africanist Theses Recently Accepted at UK Universities (2005-2014)
  • The African studies companion: a guide to information sources -- 2006 (Hans Zell Publishing Consultants, Scotland, UK)
    The publisher's website for the 3rd edition of this invaluable print reference for African studies, with free access to the contents and introduction, and online registration for owners of the print edition.
  • African Studies Centre, Leiden University -- Resources (Leiden, The Netherlands)
    • African studies abstracts. (Online) -- Leiden, The Netherlands: Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden University, 2003-
    • ASC Library Web Dossiers, 2001-- (Library, Documentation & Information Department)
      A frequently-updated, archive of library guides for selected topics in African studies, including HIV/AIDs (2003), African Cinema, Islam in Nigeria, Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, Leopold Sedar Senghor, and Sudan & the Nuba.
  • African Theses and Dissertations -- on the Internet (Karen Fung, Africa South of the Sahara--Selected Internet Resources, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California)
  • Africana Librarianship, Book Dealers, & Publishers (Compiled by Columbia University Libraries)
  • Africana Collection: Manuscripts & Archives at the University of Florida (Dan Reboussin, Gainesville, Florida)
    This site offers bibliographies and general information about some of the unique archival collections at the George Smathers Libraries, University of Florida: including those on Chad, Northern Nigeria, Dem. Rep. of Congo (ex-Zaire), Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
  • Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie: CIFDI--Carrefour international francophone de documentation et d'information: Recherches d'informations (Bordeaux, France)
    On peut chercher beaucoup de références dans les bases de données du Cifdi. Les bases de données sur l'education et l'enseignement du français et l'information produit par l'AIF. Mais aussi, ce site contient:
    -- BIDA Base: Bibliographie internationale de Droit africain.
    -- Voir aussi, le page d'accueil du Cifdi.
  • Basic Guide to Research on Africa at Columbia University Libraries (New York)
  • Bioline Publications Abstracts, Full Text, and Document Service (Centro Referência Informação Ambiental, Brazil ; Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, UK)
    Twelve African studies journals in the medical, food, and biological sciences from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and South Africa. View the abstracts without charge; view online full texts from selected journals; and receive full texts for others with paid registration.
  • Books in African languages: recent acquisitions 1999-2000, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University. With addenda to the previously published catalog. Volumes 1-2. Compiled by D.W. Bade. PAS working papers ; no. 8, vol. 3. (2004) -- Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Program of African Studies, 2004. (1045 pp. in PDF format; Online link in catalog record)
  • "China in Africa" Web Dossier (April 2008) -- Leiden, The Netherlands: African Studies Centre and Leiden University Library, Documentation and Information Department, 2008.
  • CLIO en Afrique: bulletin d'anthropologie et d'histoire africaine en langue française. (Online) -- Paris : Le Groupe de Recherches, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1997-
  • CODESRIA--Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Centre de documentation et d'information: Bibliographies thématiques -et- Catalog of Theses Sponsored by CODESRIA, 1998 to 2009 (Dakar, Sénégal)
  • Cornell University, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library -- Selected Guides by Eric Kofi Acree, Africana Librarian...[et al.] (Ithaca, New York)
  • Electronic Journals and Newspapers on Africa (Compiled by Columbia University Libraries.)
  • Enfant en situation de conflit armé et de violence urbaine: bibliographie annotée et signalétique. Par Tshikala K. Biaya. Monograph series. -- Dakar, Sénégal: Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA), c2002. (en format PDF)
  • "Football in Africa" Web Dossier (2014). African Studies Centre Library, Leiden University
    (Leiden, The Netherlands)
    A bibliography of print sources and web links.
  • "Foreign periodicals on Africa," by John Bruce Howell, International Studies Bibliographer, University of Iowa Libraries. In Electronic journal of Africana bibliography. (Online) no. 2., 1997. (University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City)
  • France. Guide de bibliothèques à Paris et en régions dont les fonds présentent un intérêt pour la recherche sur l'Afrique (mai 2009) Ressources documentaires ; 2. -- Paris: Centre d'études africaines, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2009. 29 pages en format PDF
  • GIGA--German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Online-Bibliographies dok-line: Africa (Hamburg, Germany)
    Open access full-text bibliographies in English and German on various subjects relating to Africa.
  • Guide to Videos in African Studies at Columbia University
  • "Guides, Collections & Ancillary Materials to African Archival Resources in the United States," by John Bruce Howell, International Studies Bibliographer, University of Iowa Libraries; and Yvette Scheven, Bibliographer Emerita for African Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In Electronic journal of Africana bibliography. (Online) no. 1, 1997. (The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City)
  • Hans Zell Publishing (Scotland, UK)
    "Our publishing activities have now ceased...these new Web pages provide some background about our past activities, details of backlist titles still in print, reviews of recent titles, as well as some other documents. Also included are links to articles and papers by Hans Zell on topics relating to publishing and book development in Africa, as well as an extensive links section to organizations, groups and associations that are active and/or supportive of African publishing and the ‘book chain’."
  • ilissAfrica--Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa (Universitätsbibliothek, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
    A web portal of resources in English, French, and German. "ilissAfrica is a project of the Africa Department of the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt on the Main in cooperation with the GIGA Information Centre: Africa Library in Hamburg." GIGA is the German Institute of Global and Global Studies.
  • Institute for International Studies, Department for Development Research -- CDR Library Papers. Formerly Centre for Development Research. (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    This archive offers a selection of downloadable (PDF) bibliographies from the centre staff....mostly on African development studies: Tanzania, Francophone Africa, and the "Third World".
  • LITAF: Littératures africaine francophone -- Une base de données bibliographique (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, France)
    Une réference générale qui existe en version WEB et en version cédérom. "LITAF est un projet du Groupe de recherche "Littératures d'Afrique noire" dirigé par Alain Ricard, directeur de recherches au Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. Le Groupe est affilié au Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire de Bordeaux."
  • Newspapers of Africa on Microfilm at Columbia University Libraries (New York)
  • The quiet struggle: information and libraries for the people of Africa. 2nd ed. By Paul Sturges and Richard Neill. (1998) -- S.l. : The authors, 1998, c2004. 249 pages in PDF format ; via Omnie Interactive.
  • United Nations Library, Geneva--Research Guides: People of African Descent (Switzerland)
    --See also: UN "International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024" (UN Dept of Public Information, New York)
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Département d'Histoire, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Dakar, Sénégal)
    -- Thèses et Mémoires de la Faculté des Lettres depuis 1962 en format PDF
  • Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne -- Mutations africaines dans la longue durée: Ressources
    • Cette partie du site comprend un recueil de bibliographies et les résumés des thèses qui ont été achevé récemment à Paris I.
    • Voir aussi: les tables de matières de la revue Cahiers du CRA (Centre de recherches africaines)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Bibliographic Resource Guides (Al Kagan)
    - Africana at the UIUC Library--Home Page
    - Africana Research Guides

Central Africa

Eastern Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands

Northern Africa

  • Algeria: a bibliography of events since 1991 (Ali Houissa, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York)
    Originally published in 1997; frequently updated.
  • Deir el-Medina Database. Compiled by K. Donker van Heel...[et al.] (Department of Near Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)
    This searchable database is a text-only catalog of archaeological remains and related publications. "Deir el-Medina is the modern name of an ancient Egyptian village situated on the west bank of the Nile opposite Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes. ...The Deir el-Medina Database is meant to be an intermediate presentation of the ongoing research project A Survey of the New Kingdom Non-literary Texts from Deir el-Medina of Leiden University."
    -- A Systematic Bibliography on Deir el-Medina. Compiled by R.J. Demarée ...[et al.]. -- Leiden, The Netherlands: Leiden University, 2007.
  • Theban Mapping Project -- Bibliography (American University at Cairo, Egypt)
    "Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes." Part of a larger site offering an archive of selected articles, with photographs, on research and history of ancient Thebes and the Valley of the Kings; descriptions and illustrations of archaeological sites; a collection of "resources"; plus an online interactive atlas --requires Flash Player 6.
  • Western Sahara: Thematic Bibliography = Bibliographie thématique (ARSO: Association de Soutien à Un Référendum Libre et Régulier au Sahara Occidental, via Switzerland)
    Updated in Jan. 2002. In English or French. 'This is a list of important or original or recent books, publications, scientific articles, reports, photo albums, films, videos, broadcasts, etc. listed by topic.'

Southern Africa

Western Africa

Special Topics






Politics/Human Rights

Women's Studies

  • African Women's Bibliographic Database (AfricaBib.Org, Davis Bullwinkle, University of Arkansas, Little Rock)
    A searchable bibliographic database on African women, organized by region, country, and subjects. "This English language database contains over 27,000 citations from 1986 to current. The database indexes six types of materials: books and government documents; articles appearing in edited books; periodical and journal articles; Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations as well as a few B.A. theses and honors papers; conference papers; and videocassettes. This database is the outgrowth of a three volume work published in 1989 by Greenwood Press that indexed materials on African Women published during the International Women's Decade, 1975-1985."
  • A Bibliography of Lusophone (African) Women Writers (Jean-Marie Volet, University of Western Australia)
    A listing of writers and their works; some linked biographical information on individual authors and a link to an essay on Lusophone African women's writing.
  • Black American feminisms: a multidisciplinary bibliography. By Sherri L. Barnes (2005) (University of California, Santa Barbara Libraries)
    Updated quarterly:"Citations date back to the nineteenth century to the present, with the majority of references representing the very influential contemporary black feminist thought that emerged in the the 1970s and continues today. The bibliography is primarily arranged by discipline and subject. There are 4 broad discipline based section headings: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Education; Health, Medicine and Science; and 6 sections related to format: (Auto)biographies, Memoirs, and Personal Narratives; Interviews; Speeches; Multidisciplinary Anthologies; Periodicals: Special Issues; and Web Sites."
  • "Dorothy Porter Wesley: a selected bibliography." Compiled by Marva E. Belt and Tomasha P. Hall, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington , DC: 1996)
  • "Female circumcision and infibulation in Africa," by David M. Westley (1999). Electronic journal of Africana bibliography ; no. 4 -- Iowa City : University of Iowa Libraries, 1999.
    An extensive list of over 560 entries on the subject, with a linked country & ethnic group index.
  • "Hottentot Venus" bibliography and commentaries (Julie Guard et al., H-Net Humanities Online: H-Women Bibliographies, Michigan State University)
  • Index to African Women Cinema Studies Center for the Study and Research on African Women in Cinema. (Beti Ellerson, Department of Art, Howard University, Washington, DC)
    A teaching and learning guide, with suggested films, links to selected film web sites, and the 1991 Statement by African Women Professionals at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. See also: Center Home Page
  • Short Bibliography of Anglophone [African] Women Writers. (Jean-Marie Volet, University of Western Australia)
  • Women travelers, explorers and missionaries to Africa, 1763-1999: a comprehensive English language bibliography. (2008) (Compiled by Davis Bullwinkle, AfricaBib.Org, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas)