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General Reference

  • Africa : an encyclopedia of culture and society. 3 vols. Edited by Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques. (Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016)
    --See also: E-book
  • Africa contemporary record. Annual. (London: Africana Publishing, 1968/69-2002)
  • Africa south of the Sahara. Annual. (London: Europa, 1971-) Print version
  • An African biographical dictionary. 2nd ed. Compiled by Norbert C. Brockman. (New York: Grey House Pub., c2006) (667 p.)
    --See also: E-book
  • African folklore: an encyclopedia. Edited by Philip M. Peek and Kwesi Yankah. New York : Routledge, 2004. (593 p.)
    --See also: E-book
  • African kingdoms : an encyclopedia of empires and civilizations. Edited by Saheed Aderinto. Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017] (363 p.)
  • Arabic literature of Africa. Edited by John O. Hunwick and R.S. O'Fahey. (Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1994-) --See especially:
    Vol. 2- The writings of central Sudanic Africa. Compiled by John O. Hunwick with the assistance of Razaq Abubakre [et al.]
    Vol. 3A. The writings of the Muslim peoples of northeastern Africa. Compiled by R.S. O'Fahey
    --See also: Volumes 1-4 online
  • Area Handbook series [historical]. Prepared by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the US Dept. of the Army. (Washington)
    • For the handbook of a country, search in CLIO: use country name and "area handbook".
    • For available online handbooks on Africa, see section on US Dept. of the Army in "US Organizations on Africa," compiled by Columbia University Libraries.
  • A companion to the anthropology of Africa. E-book. Edited by Roy Richard Grinker, Stephen C. Lubkemann, Christopher B. Steiner, and Euclides Gonalves. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, [2019]
  • Dictionary of African biography. 6 vols. Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editors in chief. (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012)
  • Dictionary of African Christian biography. (Online). (Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Encyclopedia of Africa. 2 vols. Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Encyclopedia of African history. 3 v. Ed. by Kevin Shillington. (New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005)
    --See also: E-book
  • Encyclopedia of Islam. -- Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2004- Requires a special font.
  • Falola, Toyin. Key events in African history : a reference guide. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
    --See also: E-Book
  • The handbook of civil society in Africa. Edited by Ebenezer Obadare. New York : Springer, [2014]
    --See also: E-Book
  • Historical Dictionary series. Scarecrow Press (Metuchen, NJ ; Lanham, MD)
    ---For a dictionary of one country, search in CLIO, with "All fields" in "Advanced Search", and use [current name of country] and "historical dictionary".
  • Islam in Africa (1974-2024). Compiled by Paul Schrijver and updated by ASCL Library. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Afrikastudiecentrum = African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, 2018--) --via AfricaBib.Org
  • Lagarde, François. Mémorialistes et témoins rwandais, 1994-2013 : bibliographie critique. (Paris : Harmattan, c2013)
  • New encyclopedia of Africa, 5 v. Editor in chief, John Middleton; editor, Joseph C. Miller. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, c2008.
    --See also: E-book

  • Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press)
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of African historiography : methods and sources. Thomas Spear, editor in chief. (New York : Oxford University Press, 2019)
    --See also: E-book
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of African thought. Editors in chief, F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. 2 vols. New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • The Oxford handbook of African archaeology. Edited by Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane. ( New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
    --See also: E-book
  • The Oxford handbook of modern African history. Edited by John Parker and Richard Reid. New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
    --See also: E-Book
  • Oxford research encyclopedias--African history Online. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press)
  • Rake, Alan. African leaders: guiding the new millennium. (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001)
  • The Routledge companion to Christianity In Africa. Edited by Elias Kifon Bongmba. New York : Routledge, [2016]
    --See also: E-book
  • Rwandan genocide : the essential reference guide. Edited by Alexis Herr. (Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018])
    --See also: E-book
  • Westley, David. A bibliography of Swahili language and linguistics. Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, c2001.
  • World Bibliographical Series. Published by Clio Press in Oxford, England and Santa Barbara, CA: 1979-1999.
    For a country bibliography, search in CLIO and use [name of country] and "world bibliographical".
  • World biographical information system--African Biographical Archive [Online] [Munich] : K. G. Saur, 2004-2010.
  • Yakan, Mohamad Z. Almanac of African peoples & nations. (New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction, c1999)
    --See also: E-book
  • Library Catalogs

  • CLIO
    (All CU libraries EXCEPT Law Library & Teachers College)

  • Pegasus (Law Library)
    --For access, see Law Library Guide
  • Educat (Teachers College)

  • Borrow Direct (Fast interlibrary book loan)
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • WorldCat
  • Indexes: Articles, Book Chapters, Books

  • Africa-Wide Information  via EBSCO (Baltimore, Maryland: National Information Services Corporation, 1997--

  • African Women Bibliographic Database (AfricaBib.Org, Davis Bullwinkle, University of Arkansas, Little Rock)

  • AnthropologyPlus. (Dublin, Ohio: OCLC).

  • Historical Abstracts. Monthly. (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1982--)

  • MLA Bibliography. 10 times per year. (New York : Modern Language Association of America, 1963-)

  • PAIS International. Monthly. (New York: Public Access Information Service, 1972-)
  • Atlases and Maps

  • Africa: atlas of our changing environment. (Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP, 2008).

  • Africa's lakes: atlas of our changing environment.. (Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Progam--UNEP, 2006). via Internet Archive

  • Africa mountains atlas. (Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP, 2014).

  • Agence française de développement. Atlas of Africa: new perspectives on the continent. E-book. [S.l.] : Routledge, 2021.
    --See also: French version in print

  • Atlas du continent africain. (Paris: Jeune Afrique & Les Editions du Jaguar, 1993).

  • Atlas du Rwanda. Direction générale et éditoriale, Danielle Ben Yahmed, Nicole Houstin. (Paris : Jaguar, 2013)

  • Atlas of Africa: energy resources. (Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP, 2017)
    --See also: E-book

  • Atlas of Uganda. 2nd ed. [Entebbe]: Department of Lands and Surveys,1967.

  • Atlasi ya lugha za Tanzania / Mradi wa lugha za Tanzania. (Dar es Salaam : Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam, 2009)

  • Betz, Richard L. The mapping of Africa: a cartobibliography of printed maps of the African continent to 1700. ([Utrecht], The Netherlands: Hes & de Graaf Publishers, c2007),

  • Columbia University Libraries: Geospatial Data Catalog (Research Data Services)

  • Columbia University. Lehman Social Sciences Library Map Room, 2nd Floor,
    See especially recent maps:
    Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, & Zimbabwe.

  • Conservation atlas of tropical forests: Africa. (New York; London: Simon & Schuster, 1992).

  • Eastern Africa atlas of coastal resources. Vol. 1. Kenya. (Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme ; [Brussels] : Belgian Administration for Development Cooperation, c1998).

  • Eastern Africa atlas of coastal resources. Vol. 2. Tanzania. (Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme ; [Brussels] : Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Zanzibar: United Republic of Tanzania, Institute of Marine Sciences; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: University of Dar es Salaam, c2001).

  • Environmental Systems Research Institute. The Sub-Saharan Africa map book. (Redlands, California : Esri Press, [2014])

  • Freeman-Grenville, G.S.P. The new atlas of African history. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991).

  • Griffiths, I.L. An atlas of African affairs. 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 1994)
    See also: Lehman Reference copy.

  • Historical atlas of Africa. Ed. by J.F. Ade Ajayi et al. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985).
    See also: Butler Reference copy

  • Kampala A to Z : a complete guide. (Kampala : Tourguide Publications, 2010).

  • Kenya : atlas of our changing environment. (Nairobi ; Sioux Falls, S.D. : United Nations Environment Programme, 2009).

  • Kenya wetlands atlas. (Nairobi : Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, 2012).

  • Kwamena-Poh, Michael et al. African history in maps. (London; New York: Longman, 1982).

  • Lake Victoria Basin: atlas of our changing environment. E-book. (Arendal, Norway: GRID-Arendal, 2017).

  • Mapping Specialists, Inc. Africa on file. 2 vols. (New York: Facts on File, 1995).

  • Maps and Power in Modern African History. (Columbia University Libraries)

  • Maps of Africa on the Internet. (Columbia University Libraries)

  • National atlas of Kenya. 5th ed. Nairobi : Survey of Kenya, Kenya Government, 2003.

  • Perry Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin: Maps of Africa (Austin, Texas)

  • SEDAC--Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center -- Map Gallery
    (Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York)
    -- See also: Data sets

  • Socio-economic atlas of Kenya : depicting the national population census by county and sub-location. Compiled by Urs Wiesmann, Boniface Kiteme, and Zachary Mwangi. Nanyuki, Kenya : Kenya National Bureau of Statistics ; Bern, Switzerland : Centre for Development and Environment, 2014.

  • Uganda : atlas of our changing environment. Online. Kampala, Uganda : National Environmental Management Authority, c2009.

  • Uganda wetlands atlas. 2 vols. Kampala : Ministry of Water and Environment, [2015]-

  • Zanzibar. Department of Urban and Rural Planning. Ng'ambo atlas : historic urban landscape of Zanzibar Town's "other side". ([Volendam], the Netherlands : LM Publishers, [2019]).
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  • The Chicago manual of style. 17th ed. E-book. (Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2017])

  • Columbia University: Citation Management Software (EndNote, Mendeley & Zotero)

  • Columbia Guide to Online Style. (2006) E-book.

  • Guide to Citing Government Documents

  • Hacker, Diana. The Bedford handbook.
    5th ed. Boston : Bedford Books, c1998.
    --See also: 6th ed.