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General Reference: Biography, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, & Historical Dictionaries

  • Abbink, J. A bibliography of Ethiopian-Eritrean studies in society and history, 1995-2010. (Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2010)
    --See also: 1957-1990 -and- 1960-1995
  • 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])
  • Arabic literature of Africa. Edited by John O. Hunwick and R.S. O'Fahey. (Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1994-) --See especially:
    Vol. 1. The writings of eastern Sudanic Africa to c. 1900. Compiled by R.S. O’Fahey, with the assistance of Muhammad Ibrahim Abu Salim ...[et.al.]
    Vol. 3A. The writings of the Muslim peoples of northeastern Africa. Compiled by R.S. O'Fahey
    Vol. 3B. The writings of the Muslim peoples of Northeastern Africa. Edited by Alessandro Gori ...[et al.]
    --See also: Volumes 1-5 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.
  • Collins, Robert O. The waters of the Nile : an annotated bibliography. (London ; Hans Zell Publishers, 1991)
  • 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)
  • Diriye Abdullahi, Mohamed. Culture and customs of Somalia. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001.
  • Encyclopaedia Aethiopica. 5 vols. Edited by Siegbert Uhlig ; editorial board: Baye Yimam [and others]. (Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2003-2014)
  • 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.
  • Essien, Kwame and Toyin Falola. Culture and customs of Sudan. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • Ethiopia : history, culture and challenges. Edited by Siegbert Uhlig, David Appleyard, Alessandro Bausi, Wolfgang Hahn, and Steven Kaplan. Münster : LIT Verlag ; East Lansing, MI : Michigan State University Press, [2017]
  • Falola, Toyin. Key events in African history : a reference guide. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
    --See also: E-Book
  • Getahun, Solomon Addis and Wudu Tafete Kassu. Culture and customs of Ethiopia. Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]
  • 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
  • The Kenana handbook of Sudan. Edited by Peter Gwynvay Hopkins. (London ; New York : Kegan Paul ; Abingdon, OX, U.K. : Distributed in the UK by Marston Book Services ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Columbia University Press, 2007)
    --See also: E-book
  • Milkias, Paulos. Ethiopia. (Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2011)
  • Morin, Didier. Dictionnaire historique afar, 1288-1982. Paris : Éditions Karthala, [2015]
  • 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 handbook of the Ethiopian economy. Edited by Fantu Cheru, Christopher Cramer, and Arkebe Oqubay. (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019)
    --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)
  • Prijac, Lukian, compiler. Contribution à l'histoire de la Corne de l'Afrique et du golfe d'Aden : inventaire des sources. Paris : L'Harmattan, [2019]
    --See also: Offsite copy
  • Rake, Alan. African leaders: guiding the new millennium. (Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2001)
  • Routledge handbook of the Horn of Africa. Edited by Jean-Nicolas Bach ...[et al.] (Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022)
    --See also: E-book
  • Routledge handbook of Islam in Africa. E-book. Edited by Terje Østebø. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022.
  • Tesfagiorgis G., Mussie. Eritrea. (Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 2010)
  • Tvedt, Terje. The Nile : an annotated bibliography. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
  • 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'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).

  • Atlas of the Ethiopian rural economy = YaʾItyop̣yā yagaṭar ʾikonomi ʾatlās. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : Central Statistical Agency : Ethiopian Development Research Institute ; Washington, DC USA : International Food Policy Research Institute, c2006.

  • Atlas of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in Somalia = Buugga xog-khariidadeedka wabiyada Juba iyo Shabeelle. Somalia : FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Mangement project, 2010.

  • Atlas of Somali water and land resources = Buug naqshado khayraad biyo iyo dhul ee Soomaaliya. Nairobi, Kenya : FAO : SWALIM, 2009.

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

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

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

  • Ethiopia's war on Eritrea. Asmara, Eritrea : Research and Documentation Center of Eritrea, [1999]

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

  • Greater Horn of Africa climate risk and food security atlas. (Nairobi : UNON Publishing Services Section, 2018)

  • 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

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

  • Khartoum road atlas. Small edition. Khartoum, Sudan : Daleelteq Co., [2011]

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

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

  • National atlas of Ethiopia. 3rd ed. Addis Abeba : Ethiopian Mapping Agency, 2015.

  • National atlas of Kenya. Printed and published by Survey of Kenya. 5th ed. Nairobi : Survey of Kenya, Kenya Government, 2003.

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

  • Regional atlas of Oromiya. Council of the Regional State of Oromiya, Planning & Economic Development Bureau. Rev. ed. Finfinne : Statistics and Information Department, 2008.

  • ReliefWeb Maps and Infographics (Geneva, Switzerland: UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
  • Socio-economic atlas of Kenya : depicting the national population census by county and sub-location. Nanyuki, Kenya : Kenya National Bureau of Statistics ; Bern, Switzerland : Centre for Development and Environment, 2014.

  • Sub-regional atlas of Southeast Oromiya. Council of The National Regional State of Oromiya, Bureau of Finance and Economic Development. Finfinne, [Ethiopia] : Statistics and Information Dept., 2007.

  • Sub-regional atlas of West Oromiya. The National Regional State of Oromiya, Bureau of Finance and Economic Development. Finfinne, [Ethiopia] : Physical Planning and Regional Statistical Information Dept., 2004.

  • Internet Resources

    Citation Management

  • 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.
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