Find it guide

Here are some guidelines on how to find certain resources, such as articles, journals or films, and how to use the ASC’s online catalogue. A number of other relevant sources for each type of material are also suggested.

General | Finding articles | Finding books | Finding journals | Finding ToCs | Finding newspapers | Finding films | Finding e-resources | Finding dissertations | Finding maps


General

In the ASC catalogue restricting your search to a particular type of material can be done in two ways:

1) simple search: carry out a search action and filter the results by ‘material code’. N.B. It is also possible to filter your result by language or country code.

2) advanced search: type in the search terms and limit by type of material under ‘material selection’ before starting the search action.


N.B. The material types music, picture, manuscripts, letters are not in use (no results will be retrieved). 

Tip: Try truncating your search term: Nigeria gives only results with Nigeria in the list: Niger? (use a question mark) gives also Nigerian and Nigerians. 

You can also use the African Studies Thesaurus as a discovery tool. It has 12,000 controlled terms with which all books and articles are indexed. Find out how to use the thesaurus.


Finding articles

Restricting your search to articles in the ASC catalogue can be done in simple search by using a filter after searching, or in advanced search by limiting by articles under ‘material selection’ before starting the search action (see above). Terms found in the African Studies Thesaurus are a good place to start when searching the ASC catalogue. After locating an article, it can be retrieved and read in the ASC library.

Tips:
Check if an article is available online by clicking on the ASC link  at the bottom of each record. 
Have a look at recently added articles on our New Titles page and archive.

More articles:
AfricaBib
African Journals Online (AJOL, restricted access)
African Studies journals on JSTOR (restricted access)
African Bibliography (restricted access)
ilissAfrica


Finding books

Restricting your search to books in the ASC catalogue can be done in simple search by using a filter after searching, or in advanced search by limiting by books under ‘material selection’ before starting the search action (see above).

Terms found in the African Studies Thesaurus are a good place to start when searching the ASC catalogue.

Tip: Check the ASC’s New Titles and Acquisition Highlights

More books:
Leiden catalogues (general)
Picarta (restricted access) (general)
Worldcat (general)
ilissAfrica
African Writers’ Series (African literature online, restricted access)


Finding journals

Restricting your search to journals in the ASC catalogue can be done in simple search by filtering the results by ‘journals’after searching, or in advanced search by limit by journals under ‘material selection’ before starting the search action.

Tip: Have a look at the ASC’s current journal subscriptions

More journals:
List of free Africa related e-journals
E-journals University Leiden (restricted access)
African Journals Online (AJOL)
African Studies journals on JSTOR (restricted access)
African Studies Journals @ Wikipedia


Finding ToCs

For the latest tables of contents of Africa journals, see the ASC’s Pagecast


Finding newspapers

Find the ASC’s current subscriptions here. For all the ASC’s newspapers, click here.

More newspapers:
African News Search Engine: 255 news sources from Africa south-of-the-Sahara (University of Toronto)
African Newspapers (restricted access) : More than 40 historical African newspapers with titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe
Factiva (restricted access): International newspaper portal
African newspapers on the internet: An annotated guide
Report CRL


Finding films

Restricting your search to films in the ASC catalogue can be done in simple search by filtering the results by ‘audio visual’ after searching, or in advanced search by limiting by ‘audio visual’ under ‘material code’ before starting the search action. Terms found in the African Studies Thesaurus are a good place to start when searching the ASC catalogue. For all the ASC's films, click here.

Trailers or complete films about Africa (if available on YouTube or Vimeo) can be found via the ASC YouTube Channel - arranged by country.

Tip: Have a look at the ASC’s recently acquired films on the New Titles list.

More films: dvds
La Cinémathèque Afrique
Colonial Film Database
British Film Institute
La Cinémathèque française
Ethnographic Video Online
Moving Image Archive
Cinema.NL


Finding e-resources

Restricting your search to e-resources in the ASC catalogue can be done in the following ways:

For e-resources in general: use the advanced search. Type in the search term, choose field 'call number' from drop box and type in 'Elektronisch?' before starting the search action.

For e-books: use the advanced search. Type in the search terms and limit by online resources under ‘material selection’ before starting a search action.

For e-journals: use the advanced search. Type in the search terms and limit by periodicals/series (online) under ‘material selection’ before starting the search action.

For e-articles: use the advanced search. Type in the search term, choose field 'call number' from the drop box and type in 'Elektronisch artikel' before starting the search action.

More e-resources:
ASC Digital sources


Finding dissertations

Dutch dissertations on Africa by year of publication: 

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 (pdf files)

Find more dissertations on Africa in the ASC catalogue (subject heading dissertations (form))
Find theses on Africa in the ASC catalogue (subject heading theses (form))

More dissertations:
American and Canadian dissertations on Africa
theses.fr (French Theses on Africa)
DART-Europe E-theses Portal


Finding maps

Find maps of Africa in the ASC catalogue (subject heading maps (form))

More maps

Current:
Wikimedia | United Nations | CIA (MyGeo / World Fact Book)

Georeferencing:
British Library | Harvard | Mission21 Basel | Cartesius

Historical:
Chicago (NW Univ; Maps of Africa, Period: 1530-1915, >100 maps online)
Harvard Map Collection (Period: 1450-2000, >15 Africana maps online (e.g. Central Africa 2001))
Afrique Pluriel (historical atlas; political-geographic)
University Library Amsterdam (Period: 1540-1960, >20 Africana maps online)
Animated atlas of African History, 1879-2002 (Browne University)
Atlantic slave trade (Virginia University)

Geography / climate:
Coast - Africa Marine Atlas | Vegetation | Tropical forest

AIDS
AidsinAfrica.net  | HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base (US Census)

Language:
Wikipedia | Ethnologue

Tourism
Lonelyplanet

Survey
Paper and online maps of Africa (Stanford University)

Others:
Afriterra (Boston) (Period: 1480-1960, 500 maps online (total: 5.000))
Perry-Castañeda Library (Period: 1450-2007, 1000 maps online, including (older) city maps)
Ikuska (Spanish publisher) (Conveniently arranged, compendious, recent maps, included: ethnology, press, music, language, short history, recipes et al., automatic translation
Useful Africa" (Le Monde)