Prepared by Mika Slaughter Nelson
Africana Studies refers to the scholarly examination of the black experience in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora, extending to the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and elsewhere in the world. This is an interdisciplinary academic field, and therefore, related research materials will overlap other traditional disciplines, such as History, Sociology, Political Science, Business/Economics, and Women Studies. The selection of reference and general sources listed below will likely provide a basic research foundation on various topics within the field of Africana Studies.
Bibliographies, Chronologies, Guides, and Directories
Africa : A Biography of the Continent. DT20 .R43 1998
Africa : A Guide to Reference Material. REF DT3 .M33 1993.
Africa Opposing Viewpoints. REF DT30.5 .A3549 2000.
African Literature and Its Times. REF PL8010 .M65 2000.
African Studies Companion: A Resource Guide and Directory. REF DT19.8 .Z45 1997.
Companion to African Literatures. REF PR9340 .C65 2000.
Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide. DT20 .F35 2002.
Reference Guide to Africa: A Bibliography of Sources. REF DT3 .K15 1999.
World Music: The Rough Guide. REF ML3545 .W66 1999.
Worldmark Chronology of the Nations. REF G133 .W93 1999.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
African Biographical Dictionary. REF DT18 .B76 1994.
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. REF DT14 .A37435 1999.
Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art. REF E98 .A7 W49 2000.
Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara. REF DT351 .E53 1997.
Encyclopedia of African and African American Religions. REF BL2462.5 .E53 2001.
Encyclopedia of African History and Culture. DT3 .P27 2001.
Encyclopedia of African Nations and Civilizations. DT14 .E43 2002.
Encyclopedia of African Peoples. REF DT15 .E53 2000.
Encyclopedia of Pre-colonial Africa. REF DT2 .E53 1997.
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History. REF Dt29 .E53 2003.
Encyclopedia of World Geography. REF G133 .E48 2002.
Historical Dictionary of Civil Wars in Africa. REF DT21.5 .A76 1999.
Peoples of Africa: An Ethno-historical Dictionary. REF GN645 .O47 1996.
World Geographical Dictionary. REF G63 .E5213 1995.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations. REF G63 .W67 2001.
Online indexes (databases) are available through the Libraries of the USF System website: http://www.lib.usf.edu
Access UN . 1998 to date [Newsbank/Reasex].
African American Biographical Database . 1790-1950 [Chadwyck-Healey].
African-American Poetry . 1750-1900 [Chadwyck-Healey].
America: History and Life . 1964 to date [ABC-CLIO].
Anthropological Literature . 1984 to date [ Eureka].
ArticleFirst . 1990 to date [FirstSearch].
Contemporary Women's Issues . 1992 to date [Gale Group].
Dissertation Abstracts . 1861 to date [Proquest].
eHRAF Collection of Ethnography . 18 th century to date [ University of Michigan].
Emerald Remote Access Help . 1994 to date [MCB University Press].
Encyclopædia Britannica Online . [Encyclopaedia Britannica].
Ethnic NewsWatch . 1991 to date [Proquest].
Expanded Academic ASAP . 1980 to date [Gale Group].
FirstSearch ECO . [FirstSearch ECO].
Francis . 1984 to date [ Eureka].
Handbook of Latin American Studies . 1990 to date [ Eureka]; [Library of Congress].
Historical Abstracts . 1954 to date [ABC-CLIO].
Humanities Abstracts . 1984 to date [FirstSearch].
IAC Expanded Academic Index. 1982 to date [WebLUIS] ; resource will cease on 8/8/2003 .
InfoTrac OneFile . 1980 to date [Gale Group].
International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text . 1998 to date [Chadwyck-Healey].
ISI Current Contents Connect . Latest 12 months [Institute for Scientific Information].
ISI Web of Science . 1945 to date [Institute for Scientific Information].
LION . 600-1997 [Chadwyck-Healey].
Literature Resource Center . [Gale Group].
MLA Bibliography (InfoTrac version) . 1963 to date [Gale Group].
netLibrary . [netLibrary].
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) . 1972 to date [FirstSearch].
Periodicals Contents Index . 1770-1993 [Chadwyck-Healey].
Project Muse . [ Johns Hopkins University Press].
Readers' Guide Abstracts . 1983 to date [FirstSearch].
Social Sciences Abstracts . 1994 to date [FirstSearch].
Sociological Abstracts . 1963 to date [Camridge Scientific].
TransAtlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM. REF HT1322 .T74 1999.
UNCOVER WEB . [Ingenta].
Wilson Select Plus . 1994 to date [FirstSearch].
Selected Print Periodicals
Some periodicals are available in electronic format; see electronic journals section of the Libraries of the USF System website
Africa Today. Online: 1999 to date [Project Muse].
African Affairs. Online: 2000 to date [Ingenta; FirstSearch; Oxford University Press].
African American Review. Online: 1992 to 1999 [JSTOR].
African Studies Review. Online: 1970 to 1999 [JSTOR].
Journal of African Economies. 1999 to date [ECO].
Journal of African History. Online: 1960-1997 [JSTOR]. 1997 to date [ECO; Cambridge
Journal of African Law. Online: 1999 to date [ECO].
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Online: 2000 to date [ECO; Project Muse].
Journal of Modern African Studies. Online: 1963-1997 [JSTOR]; 1997 to date [ECO;
Cambridge University Press].
Journal of Southern African Studies. Online: 1974-1999 [JSTOR].
Northeast African Studies. Online: 1999 to date [Project Muse].
Southern Griot. 1997. [1997 to date locate at USF Tampa Library].
Africa Today . 1999 to date.
African Affairs . 2000 to date.
African American Review . 1992 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
African Archaeological Review . 2000 to date.
African Studies Review . 1970 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy . 2002 to date.
Black American Literature Forum . 1976-1991 [JSTOR]; continued by African American Review.
Bulletin of African Studies in Canada . 1963-1966 [JSTOR]; continued by Canadian Journal of African Studies.
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London . 1940 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR; continues Bulletin of the School of Oriental Studies, University of London.
Callaloo . 1995 to date [FirstSearch ECO & Project Muse]; 1976-1994 [JSTOR].
Canadian Journal of African studies . 1967 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR; continues Bulletin of African Studies in Canada.
Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World . 2000 to date.
International Journal of African Historical Studies . 1972 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR; continues African Historical Studies.
Journal of African Economies . 1999 to date.
Journal of African History . 1997 to date [Cambridge University Press & FirstSearch ECO]; 1960 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Black Studies . 1970 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education . 1993 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History . 2000 to date [Project Muse & FirstSearch ECO].
Journal of Modern African Studies . 1997 to date [Cambridge University Press & FirstSearch ECO]; 1963 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Negro Education . 1932 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Negro History . 1916 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of Southern African Studies . 1974 to date [JSTOR]; latest 3-4 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Journal of the African Society . 1901-1935 [JSTOR]; continued by Journal of the Royal African Society.
Journal of the Royal African Society . 1935-1944 [JSTOR]; continues Journal of the African Society; continued by African Affairs.
Northeast African Studies . 1999 to date.
Speculum . 1926 to date [JSTOR]; latest 5-6 years unavailable from JSTOR.
Transformation . 2002 to date.
This website provides relevant content in African-American History texts, pamphlets, sheet music, and other documentary resources.
Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent (University of Wisconsin-Madison) http://africafocus.library.wisc.edu/
Brings together "images captured on slides and in photographs photographs as well as sound recordings on reel-to-reel and audio cassette that have been reproduced and stored on digital files" covering many facets of the African continent.
African Web Links
This website lists online resources related to African Studies which are not necessarily covered in the University of Pennsylvania African Studies website.
Africa , South of the Sahara
A guide to Africa-related internet resources.
African American Newspapers… Listed by State
D irectory of newspapers, a few of which have websites linked from the directory.
Links to websites about African civilizations.
African Diaspora (UCSB)
This site from University of California Santa Barbara provides information on "People of African Descent in the United States; Africa; the Caribbean & Latin America; Europe and Australia."
African Music Encyclopedia
African music - from Angola to Brazil to Zaire. Lists by musician and by country. Includes a glossary of African musical terms, etc.
African Studies WWW ( University of Pennsylvania)
The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary program that offers undergraduate students an opportunity to explore the historic and cultural diversity of sub-Saharan African peoples.
African-American Professional and Academic Organizations
Compiled by the Diversity Committee of the USF Tampa Library, contains links to numerous African-Amercican academic and professional organizations, including some links to other lists of organizations.
African/Diaspora Links (Africana Studies Program. University of South Florida)
An extensive collection of links on Africana studies.
An online presentation of the African in America, giving historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution from the beginning of the slave trade through the Civil Rights movement to the present.
Cuba hosts a number of communities from the diaspora. This site provides links to information about many aspects of culture and history of Afro-Cuban life.
Black/African Related Resources
A list of online information storage sites that contain a significant amount of information relating to or of concern to Black or African people, culture, and issues around the world, either in files or conferences.
Born to Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/
This collection from Library of Congress contains more than 2000 slave narratives along with more than 500 black and white photographs. The collection is browsable by state.
Bus to Destiny (Olive B. McLin Community History Project, St. Petersburg, FL.)
Description and sample materials from the community history project conducted by the University of South Florida Bayboro Campus ( St. Petersburg, FL.)
Center for Electronic Resources in African Studies
Links to electronic resources in African studies, including the African peace information locator, electronic journals and a Dogon dictionary.
Civil Rights History Guide (Search Beat)
Collection of links about the Civil Rights movement. Includes links to timelines, information about specific people, speeches, etc.
Deeper Shade of History: Events and Folks in Black History
The This Week in Black History Database is the backbone of this site. Searchable by topic, month, or year, it includes biographies as well.
Documenting the American South
Digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history (slave narratives, Southern literature, etc.)
Drop Me Off in Harlem
A multimedia exploration of the Harlem Renaissance (1917-1935) presented by ArtsEdge. Includes information about important personalities, an interactive map, and in-depth information about seminal works in writing, art, music, theater, etc.
Electronic Newspapers of Sub-Saharan Africa – African Newspapers Union List
Maintained by Columbia University's African Studies Departement, this listing contains links to full electronic text newspapers from Sub-Saharan Africa that are available online without subscription.
Encyclopaeida Britannica Guide to Black History
Features 600 informative articles, including historical film clips and audio recordings. Includes related internet links, bibliography sections, a timeline, and a student study guide.
Gale Group’s Free Resources -- Black History Month
These pages include biographies of significant African-American individuals, a quiz on Black History Month, activities taken from the Black History Month Resource Book, a timeline, literature, activities and links.
Internet African History Sourcebook
On this site historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa are presented, including information on individual countries.
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Unity and Culture
Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, has developed this website to give an accurate and expansive account of "its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice."
Migrations in History (Smithsonian Institution)
This site "explores the nature and complexity of the movement of peoples, cultures, ideas, and objects."
News Sources From Africa
A directory of newspapers and other news sources for the African continent, arranged by country.
Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
A national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Includes online resources and exhibitions.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: Refugee Information
A collection of full-text databases representing the most comprehensive and reliable refugee information resource available, drawn from the most current and authoritative sources.
Universal Black Pages
The primary purpose of the UBP is to maintain a comprehensive listing of African-diaspora-related Web pages at a central site.
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America
Visual material accompanying a book and exhibition of the same title. These images document "proof of crimes, of collective mass murder, of mass memory graves excavated from the American conscience."
Yale Library Selected Internet Resources: African Studies
This African Studies website provides relevant links to major African Studies programs, major Africana collections, bibliographic databases, history resources, and maps .
Suggested General Works
Big Men, Little People: The Leaders who Defined Africa. DT352.6 .R87 2000.
Kwame Nkrumah: The Father of African Nationalism. DT512.3 .N57 B53 1998.
Mandela: The Authorized Biography. DT1974 .S26 1999.
Nelson Mandela: A Biography. DT1949 .M35 M47 1998.
Cold War and the Color Line. E185.61 B728 2001.
Comparative Imagination. E185.61 .F838 1997.
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination . E185 .K39 2002.
African Renaissance. HC800 .C434 2002.
Can Africa Claim the 21 st Century. HC800 .C255 2000.
Central Africans and Modern Transformations in the American Diaspora. E29 .N3 C46 2002.
Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. E185.615 .R525 2000.
Famine in Africa. HC800 .Z9 F388 1999.
Green Land , Brown Land, Black Land.
Invisible Sojourners: African Immigrant Diaspora in the United States. E184 .A24 A74 2000.
South Africa : A Country Study . DT1719 .S67 1997.
Africa and Europe: From Roman Times to National Independence. DT20 .B46
Africans in the Americas. E29 .N3 C76 1994.
Black Diaspora. E29 .N3 S44 1995.
Haitians and African Americas: A Heritage of Tragedy and Hope. E185 .P19 2001.
In Search of Africa. E184 .A24 D53 1998.
Upon these Shores: Themes in the African American Experience, 1600 to the Present. E185 .S416 2000.
Imagining Insiders. CB195 .S2813 1999.
More than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa. F319 .T2 G69 2002.
Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961. E185.61 .M56 2002.
Representations of Blackness and the Performance of Identities. GN645 .R47 1999.
Strangers in the Land of Paradise: The Creation of an African American Community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940. F129 .B89 N48 1999.
Signs of Diaspora/Diaspora of Signs: Literacies, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America. PE3102 .N4 G86 1998.
Understanding Storytelling among African American Children: A Journey from Africa to America. PE3102 NN42 C47 2003.
Africa in World Politics. DT30.5 M275 2000.
Africa ’s Armies. DT21.5 .E34 2002.
African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation. DT31 .S34 2000.
Building Peace in West Africa. DT476.5 .A34 2002.
Causes of War and the Consequences of Peacekeeping in Africa. DT30.5 .C38 2002.
Democratization in Africa. JQ1879 .A5 D4639 1999.
Elections in Africa: A Data Handbook. JQ1879 .A55 E44 1999.
Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy. DT1165 .R68 2002.
Stable Minority: Civilian Rule in Africa
States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons on Authority and Control. JQ1875 .H47 2000.
United States and Decolonization in West Africa, 1950-1960. DT476.2 .N88 2001.
Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680. DT31 .T516 1992.
Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England. HF1379 .I535 2002.
Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas. HT1322 .C35 2002.
Central Africans and the Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora. E29 .N3 C46 2002.
Colonialism and the Modern World: Selected Studies. JV105 .C63 2002.
Comparative Study of Societal Influences on Indigenous Slavery in two types of Societies in Africa. HT1321
Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815. HT1203 .P67 1990.
Home and Exile. PR9387.9 .A3 Z467 2000.
Inside Apartheid’s Prison: Notes and Letter of Struggle. DT1949 .S88 2001.
Islam’s Black Slaves: The Other Black Diaspora. HT919 .S45 2001.
Reading Africa into American Literature. PS159 .A35 C37 2002.
Reflections in Prison: Voices from the South African Liberation Struggle. HV9850.5 .R42 2002.
Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery. HT1321 .C67 1998.
Slave Traffic in the Age of Abolition. HT1086 .D67 2003.
Slavery and Colonial Rule in French West Africa. HT1396 .K54 1998.
Slavery in the Islamic Middle East. HT1321 .S557 1999.
Transformations in Slavery. HT1321 .L68 2000.
White Slaves, African Masters. HT1345 .W47 1999.
Working Slavery, Pricing Freedom: Perspectives from the Caribbean, Africa, and the African Diaspora. HT1105 .C37 W61 2002.
Women, Children, & Family:
African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920. JK1896 .T47 1998.
African Women: Three Generations. HQ1800.5 .M38 1994.
African Women and Children: Crisis and Response. HQ1787 .A3715 2001.
African Women and Feminism. HQ1787 .A372 2003.
Children of AIDS: Africa’s Orphan Crisis. HV1337 .G84 2001.
Family, Population, and Development in Africa. HB3661 .A3 P637 1997.
Freedom’s Women: Black Women in Families in Civil War Era Mississippi. E1855.93 .M6 F 73 1999.
Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora: History, Language and Identity. PS374 .N4 B64 1998.