African Studies

Some useful resources for African Studies are listed below.

African Writers Series

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Description:The African Writers Series is the electronic edition of the historic African Writers Series published by Heinemann Educational between 1962 and 2003. The online edition includes over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose over these four decades by such authors as Nelson Mandela, Chinua Achebe, Tayeb Salih, Steve Biko, Ama Ata Aidoo, Nadine Gordimer, and Buchi Emecheta.
The database is fully searchable at the full-text level and is also integrated within Literature Online (see separate entry in this Databases A-Z list).
Coverage:1962-present

Aluka

Anthropology Plus

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Description:Brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. It provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries. It offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Anthropology Plus contains bibliographic records only.
Coverage:Late 19th century to the present.

Anthrosource

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Description:Anthrosource is a portal to full text anthropological resources. Search Anthropological Association (AAA) publications , plus a complete electronic archive of all AAA journals to 2003.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials

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Description:Covers all aspects of religion. ATLA Serials include full text access to over 80 journals. Citation information will indicate where full text is available.
Coverage:Religion Index I: Periodicals 1949 to date, Religion Index II, Multi-author works 1960 to date, Index to Book Reviews in Religion 1949 to date, Research in Ministry 1981 to date.

BLDS (British Library for Development Studies)

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from BLDS.
Description:Depository library at The Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, for publications from international organisations (including the UN system and World Bank) with a strong collection from developing countries.
Coverage:Contains over 116,000 records of documents on economic and social development including serial titles held and monographs acquired since 1987 Journal articles selectively indexed since 1990.

CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online

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Description:A source for theory and research in international affairs containing a wide range of scholarship on that includes working papers from university conferences. Each section of CIAO is regularly updated with new material.
Coverage:From 1991.

Index Islamicus

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Description:A comprehensive archive of the European literature on all aspects of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Coverage:From 1906 to current. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews.

JSTOR

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Description:Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
Each title is listed in the Library catalogue.
The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland. The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.
Note:There is an issue with the display of navigation icons on the JSTOR platform via EZProxied links. This is being investigated as a matter of urgency. A workaround is available - once on the JSTOR site click "login" in the top right hand corner. Select University of Edinburgh from the Login via institution menu. The page will reload with navigation icons in place. 02/12/2014.

Web of Science Core Collection

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Description:Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.
Coverage:Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).
Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

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WorldCat

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Description:Global database containing tens of millions of bibliographic records on all subjects from 1000 A.D. to date, for all types of material catalogued by libraries, including books and digital resources, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, manuscripts, films, videos. No abstracts.
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