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The library has a growing collection of material relating to African history and culture. In addition to searching the library catalog for full-length books and printed primary sources, and JumpStart for secondary source journal articles, you can use the following specialized databases to locate additional sources.
Secondary Sources in African History
A multidisciplinary collection with extensive coverage of Africa and African studies, and information on a wide variety of topics from Africa-based publications and organizations. Includes citations for wide variety of scholarly sources, including dissertations, research reports, and monographs. Coverage: contains primary sources.
The site consists of two bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature (Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database) and African Women's literature (African Women's Database). Coverage: Varied. Citations Only.
African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
Index of over 500 African journals, approximately half of which are open access. Coverage: From the late 1990s to current. Some full text.
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, history of science, and more. Includes secondary source articles from more than 1800 journals, as well as books and book reviews. This is the most important source of secondary research material for the study of modern world history. Note: for U.S. history, use America: History and Life
; for medieval history, use Iter
. Coverage: 1955-present. Full-Text.
An interdisciplinary archive of over 2,500 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, with some natural science coverage. Coverage: Historical & current publications up to 1 - 5 years from current date, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Coverage: 1906 to present. Citations Only.
Primary Sources in African History
The databases listed below will help you find primary sources on African history, though you should also use the other techniques found on the Primary Sources page.
Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa
Contains documents and images including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, UN documents, oral histories, speeches, books, etc. that document varied liberation struggles in Southern Africa, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Funded by the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund. Coverage: contains primary sources.
Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA)
Southern African material that mostly covers the struggle for freedom during the period from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994. Note: This database can be very slow and intermittently unavailable. Coverage: 1950 to 1994. Some full text.
World Heritage Sites - Africa (Aluka/JSTOR)
Brings together more than 57,000 objects that provide visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites. Collections include photographs, 3D models, GIS data, site plans, excavation reports, travelers’ accounts, maps, books, articles, and other scholarly research. Coverage: contains primary sources.
Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest
Documents some of the motivations, activities, and results of the European conquest of Africa in the nineteenth century. Primary documents including monographs, manuscripts, and newspaper accounts covering key issues of economics, world politics and strategy during the European powers' "Scramble for Africa." Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO). Coverage: contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Music Online: Listening
A multidisciplinary collection of audiovisual content. Contains more than 11 million tracks. Collections include American Music, Classical Music, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music, Popular Music, and Smithsonian Global Sound. Full text.
Subjects: Africana Studies
, American Studies
, Dickinson History & Special Collections
, Equity & Inclusivity
, Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies
, Master's Program in Managing Complex Disasters
, Middle East Studies
, Native American / Indigenous Studies