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African Studies

Guide to the most useful print and electronic resources for locating information on African studies topics.

Guides and Directories


Enyclopedia entries are useful in that they outline the evolution of scholarship on a particular topic, including debates over methodology and interpretation. They also help identify important authors and key works on the topic, saving you countless hours of research in the library. These general subject encyclopedias will help you select a topic and gather background information.

Country Information

Use these sources for general searches regarding specific African countries. 

Historical Dictionaries are a great way to find more focused information on individual countries. Listed below are the historical dictionaries to which University Library has access. 

Historical Dictionaries: