African Studies

Use these to get an overview of your topic or to find definitions of key terms and concepts.

Additional resources

Explore your topic

Introducing Summon - which makes it possible to search across many of the library's collections simultaneously. Including books, ebooks, journal titles, games, music, videos, government information, maps, and more.

However,  Summon doesn't search everything that the library owns or subscribes to so you will still need to search other resources to find everything that you need. Summon also doesn't let you do sophisticated searches that you may be used to doing in specific databases.

When to use Summon

  • When starting research on a topic
  • If you are not sure which databases to use

Fulltext eBook Collections:


Cambridge University Press eBooks
Columbia International Affairs Online
Oxford University Press eBooks
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Canadian Publishers Collection
Wiley Online Journals

Key Databases

Additional Databases: 

Government Information


More than 1,000 digitized historic maps of Africa

Library and Archives Collections

Additional resources

Historica maps of Africa.

Freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom from 1950 to 1994.

Documents dealing primarily with the British Empire including Africa.

The Library of Congress's largest single collection is the NAACP papers. This exhibition shows documents from this collection which have been digitized.


Consult the News Guide for details of news sources.

Tips for searching newspaper databases.
For current Canadian newspapers/news:

For historical Canadian & other newspapers:

For international sources:

Writing & Citing Guides:

Citation Management (workshops offered at the Library)

More Writing & Citing Resources: 

Citing Government Information

Citing Print and Electronic Resources

How to write a literature review

Content last updated: April 8, 2019