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Recommended Resources and Guides for Research on Africa

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Africana Collections: Library of Congress Illustrated Guide
An illustrated guide to the Africana Collections at the Library.

African Business Guide (Business Reference Services)
Increasingly, 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 information resources available via the Internet. Additionally, it includes a selection of resources available in print format in the Library of Congress.

African Journals Online (AJOL) Database (
The AJOL Database includes direct access to approximately 210 African published research journal titles from 21 African countries covering the fields of agriculture, health, science, 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.

Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu (Library of Congress Online Exhibition)
The manuscripts 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.

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