Bibliographic databases

AfricaBib | African Studies Companion | Africa-wide Information | ilissAfrica | International Documentation Network on the Great African Lakes Region | Africa Bibliography | LITAF


Consists of five mainly, but not only, English-language bibliographic databases with more than 200.000 records

African Studies Companion (access from campus only)

logo Hans ZellResearched and compiled by Hans Zell Publishing Consultants. Editor: Hans M. Zell. Lists general online resources on Africa and African Studies; the main general reference tools (print, online, CD-ROM, microform); current bibliographies, indexing and abstracting services, and review media; major biographical resources (print, microfiche and online); guides to African-language resources (print and online); guides to statistical sources, economic and financial data (print, microfiche and online); cartographic sources, map sales and map sellers (print, CD-ROM and online); guides to film and video resources (print and online); journals and magazines (print and online); news sources for Africa; guides to African newspapers (print and online); major African Studies library collections in Europe, North America and elsewhere outside Africa; major academic libraries and national archives in Africa; and much more.

Africa-wide Information (access from campus only)
logo Africa-wide informationA combination of databases licensed by the South African National Library, Pretoria; the National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown; the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkundige Museum en Navorsingsentrum; the University of Potchefstroom Library; Witwatersrand University Faculty of Management; the Unisa Law Library; the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA); the National Research Foundation, Pretoria; the Africa Institute, Pretoria; the Namibian National Library; the Killie Campbell Collection, Durban; the South African Institute of International Affairs, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg; the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; the University of California at Los Angeles; IBISCUS; the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala; the Durban Metropolitan Library; the African Studies Centre, Leiden, and others. These databases can also be searched separately.

ilissAfrica (Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa)

logo Iliss AfricaThe internet library Sub-Saharan Africa (ilissAfrica) is a portal that offers integrated access to relevant conventional and digital scientific information resources on Sub-Saharan Africa. Information on different private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues is brought together to facilitate research. ilissAfrica allows simultaneous searches ("General search") of the following electronic resources:

  • Library catalogue UB Frankfurt (mainly books)
  • Africa Section of the World Affairs Online database, including the Africa library catalogue of GIGA Hamburg (books and journal articles) since 1985
  • Library catalogue of the African Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands (books and journal articles)
  • Library Catalogue of the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala/Sweden
  • Library Catalogue of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Mainz University with Jahn Library and AMA
  • SSG Section of the Swets database "Online Contents" (titles of journal articles)
  • Database on internet resources with more than 4.600 websites on sub-Saharan Africa
  • Africa section of Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, including AJOL, Gallica, Persee et al.
  • Colonial Picture Archive with 50.000 digitized historical pictures.

International Documentation Network on the Great African Lakes Region

logo network on the Great African Lakes RegionThe aim of this network is to disseminate as widely as possible a large amount of ‘grey’ literature, i.e. unpublished or little-distributed written documents on the Great Lakes Region. The database can be searched for full text or by author, type of sources (governmental, non-governmental organizations, political parties, press) and keywords. No new documents have been added since 2008.


Africa Bibliography (restricted access)

cover Africa bibliographyThe Africa Bibliography is an authoritative guide to works in African Studies and has been published annually  under the auspices of the International African Institute since 1984. The consolidated online version brings together every record collected since the bibliography was founded and is a rich and interactive resource for all scholars interested in the study of Africa. (2004-2010) (2011-present) (fully searchable, online database 2000-present) 

LITAF, littérature africaine francophone

Database consisting of more than 26.500 references to Francophone African Literature (sub-Saharan Africa).