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 newspapers | Finding films | Finding e-resources | Finding dissertations | Finding maps


General

Access to the ASCL catalogue is available via the Leiden University Libraries Catalogue, both in a separate section, as well as in the general catalogue.

For more information on the Leiden University Libraries Catalogue see:

In the ASCL 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 type’. N.B. It is also possible to filter your result by language.

2) advanced search: type in the search terms, choose the search scope 'African Studies Centre' and limit by type of material under ‘material type’ before starting the search action.

Tip: Try truncating your search term: Nigeria gives only results with Nigeria in the list: Niger* (use an asterisk) gives also Nigerian and Nigerians.


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 type’ and by African Studies Centre under 'search scope' before starting the search action.

Tips:
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 ASCL catalogue can be done in simple search by using a filter after searching, or in advanced search by limiting by books under ‘material type’ and by African Studies Centre under 'search scope' before starting the search action.

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 ASCL 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 type’ and by African Studies Centre under 'search scope' 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 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 ASCL 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 type’ and and by African Studies Centre under 'search scope' before starting the search action. 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 ASCL catalogue is not yet possible. At present, all ASCL e-resocurces are included in the 'All content' section of the general Leiden University Libraries Catalogue.

More e-resources:
ASC Digital sources


Finding dissertations

Dutch dissertations on Africa by year of publication: 

2016 | 2015 | 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)