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What is in this guide?

This guide provides an introduction to African Studies Resources at UNC libraries.

Articles - online access to journals and magazines

Newspaper Resources - online access to current and historical African newspaper collections

Primary Sources - online access to primary source databases 

Background Information - reference materials relating to general and introductory topics and research on Africa


African Collection Overview

Collection History

UNC’s Africana research collections date from the late 1970s, when the cooperative programs with Duke for the continent began.  UNC complements Duke’s focus on the Anglophone British Commonwealth countries by concentrating on the francophone and lusophone nations.  During the 1980s UNC also undertook major retrospective acquisition initiatives for these countries.

Major Subject Emphases

  • History (including European colonization/colonialism)
  • Political Science
  • Human Rights
  • Economics
  • Demography/Population
  • Anthropology/Ethnography
  • Sociology
  • Women
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Languages/Linguistics
  • Belles Lettres in English and French
  • Health

Geographical Emphases

  • Western, Central, and Eastern Africa: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
  • North Africa: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Proposed Language Emphasis for North Africa Collections

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic (teaching needs and selectively)

African Studies Emphases

  • African History (all periods)
  • Black Atlantic

Academic Core

  • Atlantic Slave
  • African Diaspora
  • Race and Race Relation
  • Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Women Studies
  • Health and Community (including HIV AIDS)
  • Human Rights
  • French-speaking West Africa (especially Senegal)
  • Franco-Arab Literary Studies
  • Art

New Areas (Since 2005)

  • Selected West African languages (Wolof and Lingala)
  • Kiswahili/Swahili (language & popular novels)
  • Arabic (language & literature)
  • Islam in Africa
  • Film

African Union

African Studies Librarian

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Joanneke Fleischauer

African Studies Center

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Center for Research Libraries