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CRL African Research Collections Guide Unrestricted Access
The Center for Research Libraries' collection of African-related resources contains a wide variety of newspapers, monographs, archival collections, serials, government publications, and dissertations, spanning four centuries and covering virtually every country in Africa. Significant country strengths include South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Note: Access to the general CRL catalog is available to all. Access to online collections may be restricted to Colgate University users. Borrowing materials is restricted to CU users - use ConnectNY or Interlibrary loan to request items for 3 month loan. Click here for more information about Colgate membership in CRL.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Africa Bibliography Restricted Access
A core index for African Studies.  Print: from 1984 to 2005.  Case Ref DT3 .A35  Online access:  1984+

International African Bibliography Restricted Access
A core index to African studies periodicals and books. Each issue contains two sections: articles and monographs (i.e. books). Within each section, arranged by country and then by subject. Print: from 1973-  present  Case Ref DT3 .I58  Online Access:  2000- presentOnline Access Note:  Click the box "search within this title" after typing in your subject.  Use Journal Finder to determine if we have access to the full text of an article.

Historical Abstracts Restricted Access
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women`s history, history of education, and more.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Restricted Access
Coverage: 1951-present. Indexes and asbstracts social science and interdisciplinary research. For book reviews, search title of book and REVIEW in Publication Type.

JSTOR Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.

PAIS International Restricted Access
Coverage: 1915-present. Covers all aspects of public affairs including political science, sociology, health, etc. with an international view. Coverage includes foreign language materials and some U.S. congressional documents. Includes references previously contained in the PAIS Archive.

African Women`s Bibliographic Database Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1986-present. The database indexes 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.

Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database Unrestricted Access
Coverage: varies by title. Articles from English language and multi-lingual journals and periodicals that specialize in African Studies or consistently cover the African continent.

eHRAF World Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1997-present. Contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life with a strong emphasis on non-Western cultures. eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords.  Ethnographic documents in eHRAF include culture-specific books, journal articles, and dissertations. A tutorial on searching can be found at

Humanities & Social Science Index Retrospective Restricted Access
Coverage: 1907-1984. Allows search of a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences.
Encyclopedia of Africa Restricted Access Some full text available
2010 ed.  Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah.  This encyclopedia is comprised of entries focusing on African history and culture.  The articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa. In-depth articles examine contemporary nations of sub-Saharan Africa, ethnic groups from various regions of Africa, and European colonial powers. Two hundred illustrations and demographic sidebars further guide and inform research.

New Encyclopedia of Africa Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.

Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought Restricted Access Some full text available
2010 ed.  From St. Augustine and early Ethiopian philosophers to the anticolonialist movements of Pan Africanism and Negritude, The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought offers a comprehensive view of African thought, covering the intellectual tradition on the continent and throughout the diaspora. All major trends in African philosophy, political theory, and religion will be covered, as well as significant historical figures and social movements.

Encyclopedia of African Religion Restricted Access Some full text available
2009 ed. This encyclopedia is a comprehensive work to assemble ideas, concepts, discourses, and extensive essays on African religion.

Africa and the Americas : culture, politics and history: a multidisciplinary encyclopedia Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. This encyclopedia explores the many long-standing influences of Africa and people of African descent on the culture of the Americas, while tracing the many ways in which the Americas remain closely interconnected with Africa.

Europa World Plus Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: current. the online version of the Europa World Year Book, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

Countries & Their Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
2001 ed. Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
1996 ed. Lists and describes more than 1,500 global cultures. It is the one of the primary resources for historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, religious, and other information on most cultures. Additional cultures are covered in the supplement (which is a separate resource)

Encyclopedia of World Cultures Supplement Restricted Access Some full text available
2002 ed. Lists and describes more than 100 global cultures not covered in the original 10 volume set. Users need to search both the original set and this supplement as there is not overlapping coverage.

Africa contemporary record : annual survey and documents Case Ref DT1 .A35 Restricted Access
Look for the latest edition in the Case reference collection. Older editions back to 1968/69 are in the main collection under the same call number.

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. An authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African Diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries.

Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience Case Ref DT14 .A37435 2005 Restricted Access
A highly regarded reference work with strong focus on the African continent and its descendant cultures in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. To a lesser extent it also covers the African presence in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara CASE Ref. DT351 .E53 1997 vol. 1-4 Restricted Access
New York : C. Scribners Sons, 1997

Encyclopedia of African history / Kevin Shillington, editor CASE Ref. DT20 .E53 2005 Restricted Access
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005. volumes 1-3.

Encyclopedia of precolonial Africa : archaeology, history, languages, cultures, and environments Case Ref CALL # DT2 .E53 1997 Restricted Access
Walnut Creek, Calif. : AltaMira Press, c1997

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 Restricted Access Some full text available
2006 ed. A comprehensive resource on the subject of colonialism, tracing many facets of the history of colonial growth and imperialism. Also addresses the ideology and theories behind colonialism and imperialism, and the major issues at the core of the debate on colonialism and its consequences.

Encyclopedia of twentieth-century African history CASE Ref. DT29 .E53 2003 Restricted Access
London ; New York : Routledge, 2003

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Restricted Access Some full text available
2004 ed. Covers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United Nations involvement in the region. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy, and government.

South Africa's diverse peoples : a reference sourcebook Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. Examines 500 years of interaction between the races in a country that became a byword for racial disharmony during the apartheid era.

Sub-Saharan Africa: An Environmental History Restricted Access Some full text available
2006 ed. Information and analysis on the environmental forces that have helped shaped the cultures of the African continent.
Newspapers -- Historical
World Newspaper Archives - African Newspapers 1800-1922 Restricted Access Some full text available
Featuring English- and foreign-language titles from Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, African Newspapers offers coverage of the issues and events that shaped the continent and its peoples between 1800 and 1922. For a title list click here.
Newspapers -- International
Access World News - International Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies, generally 1980s-- . A multi-disciplinary database, with especially strong news, business and legal material.
Primary Sources
Digital National Security Archive Restricted Access Some full text available Resource contains audio
1940`s to present. A collection of declassified government documents, arranged into collections. Each collection, compiled by top scholars and experts, covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1974-1996. Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Series 1 through 6 have been released. They cover Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East.

New York Times -Proquest Historical Newspapers Restricted Access Some full text available
1851 - 3 years ago. This database offers full-text and full-image articles for New York Times dating back to the 19th century. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files.

Times (London) Digital Archive Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1785-2006. Search the full-text of the Times (London) Digital Archive. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.
Historical dictionary of pre-colonial Africa Case Ref DT17 .C65 2001 Unrestricted Access
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001
Data (World Bank) Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group provides free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

IMF eLibrary Data (International Financial Statistics only) Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1900-present. Provides time series data for balance of payments,banking, exchange rates, interest rates, employment, and other economic concepts. (note: there are multiple libraries of data at the IMF eLibrary site - Colgate only subscribes to the International Financial Statistics - we do not subscribe to the other data libraries)

African development indicators Unrestricted Access
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators on Africa, compiled from officially-recognized international sources.   It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. Online coverage 2006-  . Older editions are in Case Main HC800.A1 A356
Web Sites
Africa Portal Unrestricted Access Some full text available
The Africa Portal is part of the Africa Initiative project and is foces on Africa's knowledge and capacity in six critical issue areas: conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration, and climate change. The online library collection holds over 3,000 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues.

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources Unrestricted Access Some full text available
A useful gateway to African Studies links

UPENN African Studies Center links to African Countires Unrestricted Access Some full text available
A listing of useful links by country.

Columbia International Affairs Online - CIAO Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1991-present. A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
Opinion Polls
Polling the Nations Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1986- present. A compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries.
Online Book Collection
Humanities eBook Project Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A digital collection of full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Previously was titled History eBook Project and all materials in that collection are in the Humanites eBook collection.
Visualizing Cultures (MIT) Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. Images of every sort are introduced and examined here—in partnership with contributing institutions and collections, and with the collaboration of experts devoted to transcending the printed word and hard-bound text.

AP Images Restricted Access Resource contains images
Coverage: 1840-present. The photo archive for the Associated Press has over 500, 000 images dating from 1844 to the present and covering a wide range of events and locations.

ARTstor Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data, with unique tools to actively use those images for teaching, learning and research.
Biographical Information
Dictionary of African Biography (2011) Restricted Access Some full text available
2011 ed.  Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press)  is a major biographical dictionary covering the lives and legacies of notable African men and women from all eras and walks of life. This resource tells the story of the African continent through the lives of its people.

Dictionary of African biography (1977) CASE Ref. DT18 .D55 vol. 1 -3 Restricted Access
New York : Reference Publications, c1977-

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed.
Book Review Digest Case Ref Z1219.C95 Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1905-2004/05.  Indexes and excerpts reviews of books written in English and published in the U.S. and Canada. More selective than Book Review Index. Arranged alphabetically by author; subject and title indexes. Search year of publication and the year following publication.

Book Review Index Restricted Access
Coverage: 1965-present. Indexes reviews in magazines and scholarly journals.
Cultural atlas of Africa / edited by Jocelyn Murray Case Ref DT14 .M84 Unrestricted Access
New York : Facts on File Publications, 1981

Historical atlas of Africa / general editors, J.F. Ade. Ajayi and Michael Crowder CASE Atlases G2446.S1 H5 1985 Unrestricted Access
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985

New atlas of African history / G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville CASE Atlases G2446.S1 F73 1991 Unrestricted Access
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1991

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