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Journal Articles / Databases

African Studies Combined Database Search
Experimental search engine. Search several databases with one search. Does not include all relevant Africa-related databases. [This is a variant of xSearch]

African History Combined Database Search
Search several history related databases. Does not include all relevant Africa-related history databases. Includes Cambridge History of Africa, V. 1-8

Africa Bibliography
(Manchester Univ. Press)
1984- Indexes journal articles, book chapters, some books.

Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (Library of Congress Office, Nairobi)
Find citations to articles published in, mainly, Eastern African journals. Since 1991 the Library of Congress Office, Nairobi, has indexed over 700 journals from 29 eastern and southern African countries. In 1997 the LC Nairobi Office began adding publications from Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, and Senegal and citations from these countries are now included. Index produced by the U.S. Library of Congress Office,Nairobi, Kenya.

Full text articles.

The African Studies Centre. Library (Leiden, The Netherlands) has an excellent OPAC (online public access catalog), African Studies Centre Catalogue. The Catalogue includes annotated citations to articles, chapters from edited works acquired since 1988 and published in African Studies Abstracts.

Africa-Wide Information (Incorporating African Healthline, South African Studies and African Studies) - find citations to journal articles & monographs published from 19th Century onwards. Five person access at a time. On EBSCOHost. (For the class, South Africa: Contested Transitions; see the list of class related databases).

Lexis-Nexis Academic - full text newspaper articles (U.S., European and African newspapers and journals, South Africa Constitutional Court judgments, and more)

The Stanford Libraries' Databases page lists sources for journal articles, many available only for Stanford users (through subscription). One example is Academic Search Premier which has citations to articles and some full text articles.

Citations to articles. Includes gender issues, health, HIV/AIDS, FMG, ethnic conflict. Links to some full text articles.

Intergovernmental and Non-Governmental Organizations Search - specialized search engine for reports by international government organizations and NGOs. Good for development, human rights studies. Created by U.S. documents librarians.

Historical Abstracts
Citations to journal articles.

19th Century UK Periodicals. See Series 2: Empire.
Full text articles on-line. Select Series 2: Empire. When you get citations, click on the underlined Title. To advance thru the article, click on Next.

South African E-Journals - SA ePublications
Stanford has full text access to the Social Sciences and Humanities set of journals published in South Africa (from SABINET). To see titles of all journals to which we have full text access, use the pull-down menu next to Limit on journal title

Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
Full text journal articles. Covers 200 years.

Periodicals Index Online
Citations to journal articles. Some articles have links to the full text provided by JSTOR.

Has two separate databases, African Women's Bibliographic Database and Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database.

  • The African Women's Database has citations to English language articles, books, govt. documents, theses, etc. from 1986 to early 2000s

  • The Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database has citations to journal articles from the mid-19th c. to date and indexes the e-journals - Africa Update, African Studies Quarterly, Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography, Internet Journal of African Studies, Jouvert, a Journal of Postcolonial Studies, West African Review.
  •   A list of journals indexed is provided. Maintained by Davis Bullwinkle. http://WWW.AfricaBib.Org

ERIC. For articles and books on education. Try ERIC via CSA Illumina. British Education Index has many articles as well.

Google Books: Search the full text of books. When you find a relevant book, it's a good idea to look at the actual book as there may be additional content. Google Books shows only selected pages on-line.
Has an experimental magazine section. In the Advanced search, limit by Magazines. Find articles, including photos, from Jet, Black World, Ebony.

Google Scholar: for academic journal articles, chapters in books, books. Find citations (and sometimes full text).

Google News Archive Search : find citations to newspaper and magazine articles. Some full text articles are on line such as from Time magazine. You can read the other articles by using the library's newspaper and journal holdings.

ELDIS: To retrieve full text articles on many Africa-related topics, search the ELDIS database from the British Library for Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. Has Country Profiles.

Web of Science: Some full text articles, abstracts. Stanford access only. Also on the SUL Database page. (PS348T Try for articles on land, education, health, AIDS)

Google. To find information in PDF format only, put in Google filetype:pdf and your search words.

Persee. In French. Full text articles online from academic journals. Includes Cahiers d'etudes africaines, Annales de geographie, Revue francaise de science politique. From Aliacom and l'universite Lumiere Lyon 2 with the French Ministere de l'education nationale, de l'enseignement superieur et de la recherche.

CAIRN. In French and English. There are more citations for French articles. Full text journal articles from Afrique contemporaine, has abstracts and some articles from Afrique & Histoire.

Liberation Journals Index
"index covering the interwar Pan-African periodicals La Revue du Monde Noir, Légitime Défense, L’Étudiant Noir, the wartime Tropiques, and the postwar Présence Africaine, as well as the Québécois journal Liberté......" Descriptions of each journal, with references. Search by author, theme, genre (biography, interview, folklore, play, poetry, review, etc.).

Medical Topics
African Index Medicus (full text articles), PubMed (citations), PubMed Central (full text articles), PsycInfo, Global health (put AND between keywords). Africa-Wide Information includes African Healthline; you can limit searches to African Healthline. Africa Health & Medicine on the Internet is a directory of internet resources.

China Academic Journals. Selected, older full text articles on China-Africa relations. From EastView Online.
See also China Core Newspapers (full text articles in Chinese).

British Periodicals. Full text articles mainly 20th century. Small number of items retrieved.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index. Licensed to Stanford users. Includes citations to magazine articles published in the 19th century up to the early 20th century in British periodicals. Includes some article citations for The Times newspaper. Select Search Indexes and limit by Periodicals. Stanford also has a separate full text database to The Times, 1785-1985. Some full text. Sometimes lead to content not available at Stanford.

African Journal Archive
Selected full text journal articles online. Journals from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe. Topics include archaeology, biology, botany, classics, economics, education, geology, history, law, medicine, poetry, wildlife. From SABINET the South African library service.


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