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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.)
  • Africana: the encyclopedia of the African and African-American experience. 5 vols. Edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Alpern, Stanley B. Guide to original sources for precolonial western Africa : an updated and expanded supplement to Fage (1994). [Madison] : African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
  • 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. 4- The writings of western Sudanic Africa. Compiled by John O. Hunwick
    Vol. 5- The writings of Mauritania and the western Sahara. Compiled by Charles C. Stewart.
    --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 modern African art. Ed. by Gitti Salami and Monica Blackmun Visonà. (Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley Blackwell, 2013)
    --See also: E-book
  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage. Edited by Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock. (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007)
  • Encyclopedia of the Yoruba. Edited by Toyin Falola and Akíntúndé Akínyẹmí. (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016])
    --See also: E-book
  • 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
  • Handbook of Political Science research on Sub-Saharan Africa: trends from the 1960s to the 1990s. (New York: Greenwood Press, 1992)
  • 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".
  • Irele, Modupeola. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): a bibliography and sourcebook. (Lagos: Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 1990)
  • Islam in Africa (1974-2019). Compiled by Paul Schrijver and updated by ASCL Library. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Afrikastudiecentrum = African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, 2018) --via AfricaBib.Org
  • 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 the African Sahel. Edited by Leonardo A. Villalón. [S.l.: Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2021.
    --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
  • The Oxford handbook of Nigerian history. Edited by Toyin Falola and Matthew M. Heaton. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2022.
    --See also: E-book
  • Oxford research encyclopedias--African history Online. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press)
    Scholarly essays, with extensive bibliographic references, on a wide variety of topics in the field.
  • The Palgrave handbook of Islam in Africa. EBSCO e-book. Edited by Fallou Ngom, Mustapha H. Kurfi, and Toyin Falola. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]
    --See also: Springer e-book
  • 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
  • Routledge handbook of Islam in Africa. E-book. Edited by Terje Østebø. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022.
  • West Africa over 75 years: selections from the raw material of history. Kole Omotoso et al., researchers; Kaye Whiteman, editor. (London: West Africa, 1993)
  • 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

  • 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 de Côte d'Ivoire. Sous la direction de Danielle Ben Yahmed et Nicole Houstin. (Paris : Jaguar, 2013).

  • Atlas du Tchad. Direction générale, Danielle Ben Yahmed, Christine Raimond, Claude Arditi ; avec la collaboration de Mahamat Ali Mustapha ... [et al.] (Paris : Les Éditions J.A., c2006).

  • 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: Geospatial Data Catalog (Research Data Services)

  • Columbia University. Lehman Social Sciences Library Map Room, 2nd Floor,
    See especially recent maps:
    Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal

  • Eltis, David and David Richardson. Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade. (New Haven, [Connecticut] ; London, [England] : Yale University Press, 2010)
    --See also: E-book

  • 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

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

  • Landscapes of West Africa : a window on a changing world. (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso : Comité Permanent Inter-états de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CLISS), [2016])

  • 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)

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Regional Atlas on West Africa. E-book. Paris : OECD Publishing, 2009.
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