Academic journal article Africa

Guide to Africa Bibliography

Academic journal article Africa

Guide to Africa Bibliography

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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 science/arts background. The whole continent and associated islands are covered but not the African diaspora. The 2003 edition aims to cover material published in 2003 together with items from earlier 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 issue are the acquisitions and periodicals of Cambridge University Library, the African Studies Centre, Cambridge, SOAS and material received by the International African Institute. Most of this material has been personally examined by the editor. Additional data has been garnered from other published bibliographies both print and online, and from COPAC, the online union catalogue of the UK's major research libraries.


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. …

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