Recommended Resources and Guides for Research on Africa
African Section, African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
Library of Congress Country Studies:
Africana E-Journals Finding Aid
The Africana e-journals resource directory provides a listing of selected journals related to the field of African Studies that are available in electronic format, also known as e-journals. Included are both western e-journals and e-journals published in Africa that are accessible in full text format in major commercial and open access databases on the Internet.
Collections: Library of Congress Illustrated Guide
An illustrated guide to the Africana
Collections at the Library.
Business Guide (Business Reference Services)
the global business community is viewing sub-Saharan Africa as a continent
of rich business, trade and investment opportunities. This resource
guide provides a selection of major African business and economic
resources available via the Internet. Additionally, it includes a selection
of resources available in print format in the Library of Congress.
Africana Historic Postcard Collection
The “Africana Historic Postcard Collection” provides a visual record of Africa and Its people during the historically intensive years of European colonialism, from 1895 to 1960, and chronicles the transformation of the cultural, political and social landscape of the African continent.
African Journals Online (AJOL)
The AJOL Database includes
direct access to approximately 210 African published research journal
titles from 21 African countries covering the fields of agriculture,
technology and the social sciences. Tables of contents, abstracts, e-mail
alerts, and document delivery services for selected journals are available.
There is no subscription fee but registration is required to access the
database. AJOL is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa.
American Colonization Society Records, 1792-1964
A finding aid to the collections in the Library of Congress … includes organizational records of the society, including correspondence, financial and business papers, reports, and miscellaneous material relating to administrative and financial matters, membership, slavery and the status of slaves in the pre-Civil War period, and emigration, colonization, and education in Liberia
from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu (Library of Congress Online Exhibition)
on view are from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library
of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, two of the most noteworthy institutions
in the Timbuktu area. As part of its continuing effort to create a universal
collection of recorded knowledge from all geographic areas and all historical
eras, the Library of Congress is particularly proud to have the opportunity
to exhibit these important cultural artifacts from Mali. The Library
is also pleased that copies of these manuscripts will be deposited in
its collections and will be available for use by researchers and scholars.
An Annotated Bibliography of South Sudan (PDF, 1.31 MB)
This bibliography includes a selection of government documents, books, periodicals, and maps on Africa’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan. The list is based on the Library of Congress’ Africana Collections. Within each subject the entries are arranged alphabetically by personal or corporate author or title. The call number appears on a separate line beneath the main body of the entry.
The United States and Africa : Guide to U.S. Official Documents and Government-sponsored Publications on Africa, 1785-1975
Guide records a selection of publications on sub-Saharan Africa issued by or for the U.S. government from the late eighteenth century to 1975 based on holdings of the Library of Congress, other federal government collections in the Washington, D.C. area, and the collections of other American libraries.
The United States and Sub-Saharan Africa : Guide to U.S. Official Documents and Government-sponsored Publications, 1976-1980
Guide records a selection of publications on sub-Saharan Africa issued by or for the U.S. government in the period 1976-1980 based on holdings of the Library of Congress, other federal government collections in the Washington, D.C. area, and the collections of other American libraries.