Bibliographies & Resource Guides in African Studies


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)