Subject guide: African studies

Welcome to the library's subject guide for African studies.

Academic Articles and Reports

  • The database indexes books, government documents, journal articles, among other things.
  • The database has indexed articles from journals and periodicals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent.
  • AJOL is a database of scholarly journals published in Africa, covering the full range of academic disciplines.
  • Scopus is an interdisciplinary database with scientific literature in various subject areas. It also a database for citation searches.
  • This database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology
  • Interdisciplinary database with references from scienctific journals, books, reports and conferences in various subjects. It also a database for citation searches.
  • International political science and international relations - journal articles, books, dissertations and working papers.
  • Full text archive. Scientific journals and other scientific material on a wide range of subjects. Usually no access to the most recent issues.

Theses and Degree Projects

  • Diva portal is a searching tool and an open archive for research publications and thesis from 47 Swedish universities and institutions.
  • DiVA is Dalarna university research publication database. It contains research publications and thesis from university PhD students, researchers and students.
  • The Swedish national library catalog.

European research theses and essays

Online gateways to information

  • AfricaBib
    Site consisting of six bibliographic databases: Africana Periodical Literature, African Women, Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa, Islam in Africa, Kenya Coast, Water and Africa.
  • AfricaLit Plus
    Search a wide range of information resources from a single search box, including the NAI library catalogue.
  • African Studies Centre Catalogue
    This database contains the titles of the library collection of the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden. It is a good source to search for e.g. books and journal articles on Africa.
  • Connecting Africa
    Connecting Africa is a gateway to African research information and materials produced worldwide. It provides access to over 31,000 publications, among other things.
  • National EDT Portal
    A repository for South African theses and dissertations in fulltext.
  • WorldCat
    Search service providing information on titles held by more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
  • African Studies Thesaurus
    Thesaurus of terms in the field of African studies. Useful for finding subject terms for searching in e.g. the African Studies Centre Catalogue (see link above).
  • ASC Country Portal
    Information about African countries.
  • A Guide to Africa on the Internet
    Provided by The Nordic Africa Institute
  • The Nordic Africa Institute
    The NAI library provides access to a few resources for external users at Nordic higher educational institutions. Apply for remote access.
  • Studying Africa (2014)
    Studying Africa is a guide to African studies, primarily within the area of social sciences. The book provides practical guidance on handbooks, databases, statistics and other support for literature and fact searches, as well as an introduction to the topics "The history of Africa" and "Politics, economics and society".
  • UNdata
    International statistics.
  • The World Factbook
    produced by the CIA
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