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Africa: Internet links

This page gives links to freely available internet sites relevant to African studies.


African languages

African studies and library networks


Bibliographies, databases and guides

Current affairs

Official publications

Visual material

Portals for African studies

African languages

African studies and library networks

Archives for African studies

Sites useful for locating manuscripts and archives, primarily in the UK:

  • National Register of Archives
    Provided by the UK National Archives: Historical Manuscripts Commission, the NRA consists of indexes to the records of persons, families and corporate bodies mainly held in Britain. It is an essential tool for locating manuscripts and archives in the UK.
  • A2A (Access to Archives)
  • Online catalogue for archives held locally in England and Wales; includes records for many of the India Office records held by the British Library.
  • Archives Hub
    Descriptions of archives in over 150 UK universities and colleges.
  • AIM 25
    Descriptions of archives held by the University of London and other universities and organisations in London and the surrounding area.
  • Mundus Gateway
    Guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom.

For Africa-related archives in the UK, see especially the holdings of the following institutions:

Bibliographies, databases and guides for African studies

  • Studying Africa: a guide to the sources (ed. Kristina Rylander)
    Published as a pdf by the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.
  • African e-Journals Project
    Based at Michigan State University, USA, this site provides a directory of journals about Africa as well as a (limited) full-text archive.
  • African journals online
    Provides free searching and abstracts for journals published in Africa. Full text is available for a fee.
  • H-Africa
    Resources provided include tables of contents for Africa-related articles from non-Africanist journals.

For further bibliographic and reference help see the British Library's African collections pages.

Current affairs sites for African studies

    Commercial site with free recent content, publishing stories from African news organisations.
  • IRIN News
    News reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Official publications from Africa

See also the Guide to the current African official publications in the British Library and the portals listed above.

Visual material from Africa