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Secondary Source Databases
While not comprehensive, these databases are a good place to get started with an African-based project.
African Journals Online
African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world’s largest online library of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.
Francophone scholarly periodicals, some of which cover Africa.
Searchable database of full text journals published in South Africa in the areas of social sciences and humanities.
African Studies Abstracts Online
African Studies Abstracts Online is the new electronic journal of the African Studies Centre in Leiden. Like its printed predecessor (African Studies Abstracts), African Studies Abstracts Online provides an overview of articles from periodicals and edited works on Africa in the field of the social sciences and the humanities available in the library of the African Studies Centre in Leiden.
Contains these databases:
American Bibliography of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ABSEEES)
Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials PLUS
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Computer Science Index
Garden, Landscape and Horticulture Index
Gender Studies Database
Hospitality & Tourism Complete
Index to Jewish Periodicals
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
New Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts
Race Relations Abstracts
Searchable database of the full text of journals in anthropology, Asian Studies, business, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, and sociology. Years available vary with each title, but the most recent issues available in JSTOR will be 4-5 years old.
MSU Libraries' Search Tool
Tips for Catalog Searching
MSU Libraries Catalog
To search for books in the MSU Libraries on a topic, you will need to use the catalog, which has materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries - including books - and also journal titles, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.
What's in the catalog?
- Everything in the library except for articles.
- Names of journals, magazines, and newspapers with info about our subscriptions, plus links.
What's not in the catalog?
- Indexed articles - many African published journals are not in commercial databases like JSTOR, but the articles are also not in the catalog.
Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database (AfricaBib)
The site consists of two bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature (Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database) and African Women's literature (African Women's Database). You will also find a comprehensive bibliography on women travelers and explorers to Africa (Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa: 1763-2000: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography)
Recent Doctoral Disserations
The documents here are part of a project begun in 1980. The basic reports list new American and Canadian theses that were abstracted in ProQuest dissertations & theses (formerly, Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI)), which should be consulted for further details. They supplement American and Canadian Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses on Africa, 1974-1987 (1989).