In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

  • Guide to Africa Bibliography

Scope and coverage

This bibliography records publications on Africa of interest to students of Africa, principally in the social and environmental sciences, development studies, humanities and arts. Some items from the medical, biological and natural sciences are included. The criterion used is potential relevance to a reader from a social sciences/arts background. The whole continent and associated islands are covered, but the African diaspora only very selectively. The 2008 edition aims to cover material published in 2008 together with items from earlier years not previously listed. The editor is always very glad to hear of any items omitted so that they may be included in future editions. She would be particularly pleased to receive notification of new periodicals. African government publications and works of creative literature are not normally listed.

The principal sources of data for this volume are the holdings of Cambridge University Library, the African Studies Centre, Cambridge, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden and material received by the International African Institute. Much of this material has been personally examined by the editor. Additional data has been garnered from other published bibliographies, both print and online, from COPAC, the online union catalogue of the UK’s major research libraries, and AJOL (African Journals Online – ), which provides invaluable access to periodicals published in Africa.


The arrangement of the bibliography is by region and country, with a preliminary section for the continent as a whole. Each region or country begins with a General section and then subject fields (see list below) follow in alphabetical order. Where an item might appear under more than one heading, this is indicated by cross reference (see the ‘see also’ list immediately under each subject heading) or the subject index will guide users to it.

Entry types

The bibliography contains three types of entry: periodical articles, books and pamphlets, and chapters. Book entries give author, title, place, publisher and pagination (but not ISBN numbers or price). Entries for chapters in books largely not on African topics give full bibliographic information for the volume concerned. However, when a book contains many relevant chapters it is listed separately and the chapter entry includes only a short version of the title, the name(s) of the editor(s), and the entry number of the book itself.


The bibliography has author and subject indexes, which use the entry number to identify relevant items. The first three authors only of multi-authored works are listed. Where an item is sufficiently described by the subject heading, it will not appear in the subject-index. Users are advised to scan broadly. The [End Page xxv] index will be most useful for those searching under concepts such as Constitution or Structural Adjustment or under the names of ethnic groups and languages. It also makes some use of keywords, often reflecting the vocabulary of the original entry.

Subject headings

  • Agriculture

  • Anthropology

  • Archaeology

  • Architecture

  • Archives

  • Arts

  • Bibliography

  • Biography

  • Botany

  • Current Affairs

  • Demography

  • Economic and Social History

  • Economics

  • Economics – Development

  • Education

  • Education – Higher

  • Environment

  • Travel

  • Finance

  • Fisheries

  • Food

  • Forestry

  • Gay and Lesbian Studies

  • Gender

  • Gender – Masculinity

  • Geography

  • History, general

  • History, early

  • History, C6–18th

  • History, C19th

  • History, C20th [under South Africa – History, South African War, 1899–1902]

  • Human Rights

  • Industry

  • Information Media

  • International Economic Relations

  • International Relations

  • Labour

  • Language

  • Law

  • Libraries

  • Literature

  • Management

  • Media

  • Medical

  • Medical – AIDS

  • Philosophy

  • Politics

  • Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Publishing

  • Religion

  • Religion – African Traditional

  • Religion – Christianity

  • Religion – Hinduism

  • Religion – Islam

  • Religion – Judaism

  • Rural Economy

  • Science and Technology

  • Social Welfare

  • Sociology

  • Sport

  • Urban Studies

  • Zoology [End Page xxvi]



Additional Information

Print ISSN
pp. xxv-xxvi
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.