Web dossiers

Web dossiers were introduced by the ASCL documentation staff in 2001 as a new form of literature survey combining print material with electronic resources and web-based information.

The dossiers deal with topical issues in African Studies and are usually published to coincide with a conference or event or with recent developments in Africa. They appear on average three or four times a year.

A web dossier typically consists of an introduction to the subject, a selection of titles - both books and articles - from the collection of the ASCL Library and annotated links to electronic resources and relevant websites. Titles are linked directly to the corresponding records in the online catalogue, which provides abstracts and lending information.

All material included in the dossiers can either be borrowed or accessed in the library.

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The final book by the late Stephen Ellis, This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organised Crime, was launched at the ASCL on 9 June. To mark this occasion, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on Crime in Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria. The dossier is divided into four themes: Crime general; Illicit trade, drugs and human trafficking; Corruption and commercial crime; Police and Vigilante groups. It opens with a personal word on Stephen Ellis by ASCL director Ton Dietz, and a thematic introduction on crime and the quest for integrity by ASCL researcher Chibuike Uche. Read the web dossier.

Previous web dossiers


African art II (February)


Alcohol in Africa (November)


Katrien Polman (November)



Water in Africa (March)



Nelson Mandela (February)


African Cinema II (September)


Children in Africa (September)
China in Africa (April)


Amadou Hampâté Bâ (September)



African art (December)
African sport (February)


HIV/AIDS in Africa (December)
African Cinema (September)
Youth in Africa (April)


Islam in Nigeria (November)


Mongo Beti (October)
Nuba and the Sudan (September)