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This reference guide provides a one-stop source for African studies research mainly in the humanities and social sciences. It is intended for students, teachers, librarians, casual inquirers, and serious researchers who are delving into unknown territory. The introductory sections cover African studies indexes, bibliographies, handbooks, guides and directories as well as electronic sources and Internet web sites. The continuing chapters deal with specific types of materials such as statistics, current events, biography, primary sources, and government publications. The main body of the work is an annotated overview of sources for seventeen disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and agriculture and ecology. Chapters typically include research guides, directories, surveys of the literature, bibliographies, indexes and abstracts, key periodical titles, and relevant Library of congress subject headings.

Author Biography: Alfred Kagan is the African Studies Bibliographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Kagan teaches an annual graduate course on the Bibliography of Africa. Yvette Scheven was the African Studies Bibliographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1969 to 1992. She has compiled and edited several bibliographies, including "Bibliographies for African Studies, 1970-1986" which won the 1990 Conover-Porter Award for best Africana reference work.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference Reviews
...a major reference publication for African Studies. As with its predecessor, it belongs in all libraries serving institutions where the African continent is the subject of advanced study or research.
American Reference Books Annual
The dynamics of research and bibliography more than justifies this effort....The work concludes with excellent author/title and subject indexes.
The African Book Publishing Record
All libraries who purchased the previous edition of this essential African studies reference resource will want to acquire the new edition.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The dynamics of research and bibliography more than justifies this effort....The work concludes with excellent author/title and subject indexes.
No. 119 (October 2006) Africana Libraries Newsletter
This is an excellent guide to reference materials on Africa.
April 2008 Asaib Newsletter
Professor Mcllwaine is to be commended for compiling this useful reference...
African Journal of Library
[Professor Kagan] is to be commended for this easily navigable reference guide. This guide would be useful to government officials, scholars, as well as students, librarians, teachers, and researchers in African studies.
Choice
This unique addition to the reference literature on Africa hs two parts, general resources and subject sources....An excellent reference source that can benefit many kinds of readers—undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, librarians..
Library Journal
Intended for humanities and social science researchers interested in African studies, this work provides more than 900 annotated bibliographic citations for publications related to continental Africa. The resource is well formatted and organized into three main parts: general sources, subject sources, and indexes (author/title and subject). General sources, or reference works, include bibliographies, indexes, guides, handbooks, encyclopedias, directories, biographical works, government publications, Internet sources, and statistics. Subject sources cover 17 disciplines, from agriculture, ecology, politics, and religion to communications, libraries, folklore, linguistics, visual arts, and women. Typical chapters include overview information, annotated entries with full bibliographic citations, and selected LC subject headings. Some users might expect to see more titles related to specific African countries and regions rather than the continent as a whole, but the the continental emphasis is explained in the preface by the compilers, African studies bibliographer Kagan and former bibliographer Scheven of the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, which is known for its African studies collection. Libraries that already own works edited by Scheven (e.g., the award-winning Bibliographies for African Studies, 1987-1993. o.p.) will want to purchase this tool. Recommended for academic collections with interests in Africana.--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston
Booknews
Lists and annotates important resources for African studies research in the humanities and social sciences, covering works that deal with the entire African continent. Early sections cover African studies indexes, bibliographies, handbooks, guides, and directories, as well as electronic sources and Web sites. Continuing chapters deal with specific types of materials such as statistics, primary sources, and government publications. The bulk of the work is an annotated overview of sources for 17 disciplines in humanities and social sciences, as well as agriculture and ecology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Library Association Record [Uk]
...yet another distinguished achievement of American Africana librarianship...The bibliography is selective, well-organised, usefully annotated and, as far as possible, up-to-date.
The African Book Publishing Record [Uk]
...destined to become a benchmark reference resource not only for Africana libraries, but also for reference collections in other academic and public libraries which in any way touch on Africa. It is also hoped that libraries throughout Africa will be able to purchase this excellent and compact guide.
CHOICE
This unique addition to the reference literature on Africa has two parts, general resources and subject sources....An excellent reference source that can benefit many kinds of readers—undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, librarians.
Phyllis Bischof
This very impressive, multifaceted guide to the interdisciplinary literature of African Studies reflects the many decades of experience and scholarship of Kagan and Scheven, two of this country's most respected Africana librarians. It will advance and facilitate the research of students and scholars at all levels, and I cannot imagine reference librarians willingly without it.
Choice
This unique addition to the reference literature on Africa has two parts, general resources and subject sources....An excellent reference source that can benefit many kinds of readers—undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, librarians.
The Library Association Record [UK]
...yet another distinguished achievement of American Africana librarianship...The bibliography is selective, well-organised, usefully annotated and, as far as possible, up-to-date.
The African Book Publishing Record [UK]
...destined to become a benchmark reference resource not only for Africana libraries, but also for reference collections in other academic and public libraries which in any way touch on Africa. It is also hoped that libraries throughout Africa will be able to purchase this excellent and compact guide.
African Studies Quarterly
It is as much a textbook as a reference book (or more?). The combination of references to key resources within intelligent discussion of what comprises value, and at a reasonable price, recommend the book highly.
Canadian Journal Of African Studies
This very practical reference guide, compiled and annotated by two highly respected African Studies librarians, is aimed at students and their teachers as well as researchers and librarians...The guide should be part of every reference collection of a research library that includes African Studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810852082
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Kagan is Professor of Library Administration and African Studies Bibliographer Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to the first two editions of this book, he has published numerous African studies bibliographies and articles. Until his recent retirement, he was active in the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) and the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS). He has also done extensive work in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Professor Kagan has taught an annual graduate course on the bibliography of Africa. His current research interest is the social responsibility of the library profession.

Atoma Batoma is Associate Professor of Library Administration and African Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to becoming a bibliographer, Professor Batoma worked for several years in the Technical Services Division of the University Library as an Africana cataloger. He has also taught courses in cataloging in the School of Library and Information Sciences at UIUC, French courses in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at UIUC, and Philosophy at Parkland College. His research interests include ethical communication and African onomastics. He has published several articles on African names and naming practices.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part I: General Sources
1 Portals, Bibliographies and Indexes
2 Guides, Encyclopedias, and Country Sources
3 Biography
4 Primary Sources
5 Government Publications
6 Statistics
Part II: Subject Sources
7 Agriculture and Food
8 Communications
9 Cultural Anthropology
10 Development
11 Environment
12 Folklore
13 Geography and Maps
14 History
15 Languages and Linguistics
16 Libraries and Librarianship
17 Literature and Theater
18 Music
19 Politics and Government
20 Religion
21 Visual Arts
22 Women and Gender

Author/Title Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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