An exclusive combination of files from Africa, Europe and the USA
together for the first time. This database aggregation gives premier
information on all aspects of Africa. Topics covered include
politics, history, economics, business, mining, natural sciences,
environment, development, social issues, anthropology, literature,
language, law, music, tourism and much more. Sources include books,
periodicals and magazines articles, radio and television broadcasts,
newspapers, pamphlets, maps, reports, theses and music recordings
and much more.
Nordic Africa Institute Online Catalogue (NOAK) (19th century to
The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala is a research, documentation
and information centre on modern Africa for the Nordic countries.
The database with its 54 300+ references is compiled in the library.
Coverage includes the entire continent and focuses on contemporary
history, anthropology, literature, politics, economics and other
social sciences as well as modern African fiction published in
English, French, Portuguese and the Scandinavian languages. There is
a collection of government publications from African countries
indexed as well as approximately 4 800 articles. The references are
indexed with geographical as well as thematic keywords. The library
is open for interlibrary loans within the Nordic countries.
IBISCUS (1970 to 2001)
This database is built by a group of compilers in 19 countries, with
54 input centres in Africa, Europe and Canada. It contains
development-related information on Francophone Africa. Subjects
covered include agriculture, health, economics, transport,
environment and society.African Studies Abstracts (19th century to
The African Studies Centre in Leiden compiles ASA. It has been
combined with the African Studies Centre’s library catalogue of
books and periodicals. Specialist library and documentation staff of
the African Studies Centre have compiled the database. It offers
coverage of social, economic and development issues, religion, law,
education, modern history and more. In-depth abstracts accompany
most entries, providing both information about a title and aiding
retrieval.Africa Institute Database (1981 to current)
The Africa Institute based in Pretoria publishes this database. It
is an independent, non-profit organisation which has been described
as the “Best in Africa, on Africa under one roof”. Its subject
coverage includes, political, socio-economic, international and
development issues facing contemporary Africa.
The Southern African Database (Sardius) (1961 to 1997)
The staff at Jan Smuts House Library in Johannesburg have compiled
this database. Coverage includes political, economic and social
research in the SADC region with information on leaders, conflict
and conflict resolution, reform, development and foreign relations.
School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalogue:
Africa (1989 to current)
This is one of the largest and most important library collections of
Africana materials in the world. The database covers the continent
of Africa, in European and African languages. Topics range from art
and architecture, to social and political issues, to economics and
law. It also includes the complete list of SOAS journal holdings.
NAMLIT (19th century to current)
The National Library of Namibia compiles this database which
includes a comprehensive bibliography of Namibia-related library
materials both from Namibia and from abroad.
Natural & Cultural Heritage of Africa (NATCHA) (1960-current)
NISC SA in collaboration with the Naturalist Niche in Port Elizabeth
compile this database. It offers unique current and historical
coverage of articles from natural history, zoology, botany and
museum journals published in Africa and relating to the continent.
Afro-Tropical Bird Information Retrieval Database (20th
century to current)
NISC SA compiles this database in collaboration with the Percy
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of
Cape Town. It offers comprehensive current and historical coverage
of all publications on Afro-Tropical Birds. It also includes some
information from the 1800’s.
African Periodicals Exhibit (APEX)
The catalogue is published annually by the African Academy of
Sciences in Kenya and sponsored by the Southern African Book
Development Education Trust (SABDET), in the UK. APEX lists details
of 135 scholarly African serial publications.
Bibliography on Contemporary African Politics and Development
(1981 to 1992)
This bibliographic database was produced at the University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is keyword indexed in detail, all
the citations are annotated and over half include abstracts. It is
derived from both English and French speaking Africa and the
database also references illustrations and maps.
Don Africana Collection (16th Century to current)
This includes David Don’s original collection of documents
donated in 1916. It has been updated constantly since then and
relates to Africa south of the Sahara. Subjects covered include
African religion, archaeology, art, economics, education,
exploration, flora and fauna, geography, history, law, literature,
missionary accounts and politics.
The Campbell Collections of the University of Natal, Killie
Campbell Africana Library Bibliography (19th Century to current)
This collection includes a wide range of published works and an
extensive manuscript collection dealing with Southern Africa in
general and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Region in particular. Subjects
covered include politics, cultural anthropology, African art and
19th and 20th century history. The collection includes important
published accounts left by 18th and 19th century explorers and
travellers in Africa, as well as Zulu dictionaries, grammar books
and published works by early Zulu writers. Highlights include, early
South African English literature, the James Stuart Papers, the
Bourquin Papers and accounts and diaries of the Anglo-Zulu War.
International Library of African Music (ILAM)
This collection includes recordings and publications from the
early 20th century to current. This database includes annotated
records pertaining to indigenous African music in the ILAM
collection. The regions covered are central, eastern and Southern
Africa. Soon to be added is the database of musical instruments and
photographs. To obtain musical recordings contact: International
Library of African Music (ILAM), Rhodes University, Grahamstown,
6140, South Africa, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com, Tel:+27(46)603-8557, Fax: +27(46)622-4411.
Database of Swiss Theses and Dissertation (1897 to current)
Compiled by Roger Pfister, this bibliography lists 568 Swiss
doctoral dissertations on sub-Saharan Africa.
NEW to this database collection:
African Development Database NEW
Exciting NEW NISC database This new database compiled by NISC is
presently in its infancy with 1,000 records and is set to grow into
aninvaluable African information resource. It covers current
literature on economics, socio-economics, water science, water
technology, agriculture, fisheries andscience and technology. The
sources include journal articles, reviews and news items from
journals and magazines with some coverage of books and reports.
This database covers significant socio-economic, political,
scientific, technical and environmental issues and events in Africa.
The regional categories covered include: central, east, north, south
The information is sourced from full-text and summaries of newspaper
articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts,
periodicals and technical reports.
The material in the database is provided to the National
Technical Information Service (NTIS) by the Foreign Broadcast
Information Service (FBIS), a US government agency. Analysts from
FBIS' domestic and overseas bureaus have monitored timely and
important open-source materials, including gray literature for over
African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
AJOL enhances access to the research output of Africa providing
a collection of academic journals and journal articles published in
Africa. AJOL hosts over 200 journals from 21 countries and there are
currently more than 13 000 article abstracts available on the
Free access to the abstracts and Table of content is provided and
the opportunity to order the full-text and document delivery is
available for a small fee. Please click here to see if your country
is eligible for a subsidised service:
The site offers search functionality and the journals can be listed
by subject area, country, or alphabetically, to help researchers
find journals of relevance, and allow browsing of the journals. A
sophisticated search tool helps researchers locate articles of
interest and relevance. E-mail alerts also provide a reminder
service. AJOL also includes information about each participating
journal, including aims and scope, contact details for authors and
subscribers as well as general information.
AJOL was launched in 1988 by the International Network for the
Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) in the United
Kingdom. From 2005 AJOL management will move to Africa and become a
not for profit company African Journals OnLine (AJOL). AJOL will be
closely linked and initially will now be managed by NISC in
Grahamstown, South Africa.
Please click https://www.ajol.info/index.php should you require more
Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA)-BIDOC current
This catalogue currently holds some 18,000 records of books,
documents (many collected through the Internet), articles from
periodicals and audio-visual materials (mainly video's) which are
part of the collection at the Library, Information and Documentation
Centre (BIDOC) of the Netherlands institute for Southern Africa
based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This collection deals with a
wide range of issues relating to political and socio-economic
developments in Southern Africa and international relations with the
region. Most of the sources date from 1999 onwards. All records
include keywords and summaries of the sources involved.
African Books Collective
African Books Collective (ABC) is an organisation of some 102
independent and autonomous African publishers from 18 African
countries. ABC markets and distributes books published in Africa
globally outside Africa and publishes resource material for African
book and publishing communities. It stocks mainly English language
titles in 56 subject disciplines with about 200 new titles added
each year. It is a non-profit making organisation and is supported
by government agencies and development organisations.The Africa Book
This database provides libraries and individual buyers access to
books from and about Africa published by 1 000 suppliers from Africa
and all around the world. The Africa Book Centre’s Book Review is
the best source of current information on the African book industry,
carrying information on authors, booksellers, censorship, human
rights and publishing. Secure online shopping services are offered
on their website,
South African Databases
This is a unique collection of databases providing access to the
great majority of documents published in and about South Africa,
including theses, dissertations and current research.
Index to South African Periodicals (1987 to current)
This database is compiled by the South African State Library.
Topics covered include scientific and technical articles, law,
education, agriculture and municipal affairs.
South African National Bibliography (1988 to current)
This is a comprehensive record of South African publishing
compiled by The South African State Library.
National English Literary Museum (1990 to current)
Includes six databases:
- Select Index to South African Literature in English, Critical
- Select Index to South African Literature in English, Creative
- NELM – Main Catalogue
- Literary Awards
- A Bibliography of Anglophone Literature and Literary Criticism by
Black South Africans
This database is from the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkunde
Museum en Navorsingsentrum (NALN). It is the indexed database of
press cuttings from newspapers and magazines relating to Afrikaans
language, literature and culture with information about writers of
the Afrikaans language.
The Database on Current and Completed Research in South Africa
is compiled by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Pretoria.
This database provides information on approximately 135 900 South
African current and completed research projects including theses and
dissertations. The records of the Union Catalogue of Theses and
Dissertations (UCTD) formerly maintained by the Library of the
Potchefstroom University are now included. This source provides
information on all fields of science since 1900. It also includes
Witwatersrand University Management Research Reports (1970 to
The Witwatersrand Library of Management database contains
records on management in South Africa.
The Centre for Rural Legal Studies Database (1987 and earlier
Subject coverage includes issues relating to agriculture and
farm workers in South Africa and elsewhere, specifically labour law
and relations, working conditions, housing/tenure and socio-economic
conditions. Issues such as land reform, rural local government and
gender are also covered.
South African Legal Abbreviations
This database of abbreviations is compiled by the law librarians
at the UNISA Law Library. This collection is important as there is
no standardisation with respect to abbreviations used in law in
Political Information and Monitoring Service Database (PIMS)
This database is compiled by IDASA, the Institute for Democracy
in South Africa and offers comprehensive, plain language summaries
and key details to the bills, acts and amendments of South African
The Dictionary Unit for South African English
The Unit was established in 1969 to collect and record English
as it is used in South Africa. Examples of South African English
were first recorded on index cards and then in electronic format.
Now, new records from a variety of sources are being added and, over
time, the thousands of index cards will be scanned or keyed into the
database. This material is referred to by the Unit when writing
dictionaries but can also used as a general research tool.