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Getting started with African studies resources at MSU.

Getting Started with African Studies Resources

Welcome! This guide is designed to help you navigate the many excellent Africana resources we have available at, or through, MSU Libraries. You will find just the basics here, with more detailed information on specific types of resources in their own guides. 

African Studies Subject Guides

About the Africana Collection

The Africana Collection of the MSU Library is one of the largest in the United States, having been built since 1960 to support broad faculty involvement in research and development projects on the continent. In recent decades, the MSU program about Africa has been consistently rated among the top one or two in the country in both the number of faculty involved and the number of doctoral dissertations produced. The Library's commitment to this world area is reflected in the employment of 2 full-time professional Africana librarians, who continue to build one of the top five collections in the country, who provide reference assistance to a wide range of faculty and students at MSU and elsewhere, and who are very involved in national cooperative projects.

The Library collection development policy on Africa is outlined in the Collection Development Policy statement. 


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Jessica Martin
MSU Main Library
Area Studies (2E)

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Erik Ponder
African Studies Librarian
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Dr. (E 224B)
East Lansing, MI 48824
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