Africa: Power and Representation

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-129 | Moodle

Faculty: Miriam Goheen

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This guide was created to highlight some of the books and websites you can use to find information for your country report. We will be answering these questions about some of the encyclopedia sources found in this guide.


    • African Studies Companion [Print Book]
      The African Studies Companion Online is an invaluable tool for scholars in African Studies. It contains over 1800 entries covering guides and resources for African languages, Africa cartography and maps, African film, African studies journals, magazines and newsletters, media guides and news sources for Africa, the African press, African studies library collections worldwide, national archives in Africa, centers of African studies and African studies programs worldwide, awards and prizes in African studies, and a wealth of other subjects
    • Encyclopedia of Africa
      Organized in an A-Z format, the articles cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa.
    • Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa [Print Book]
    • Europa Regional Surveys of the World: Middle East and North Africa [Print Book]
    • Political Handbook of the World [Print Book]
      The Political Handbook of the World provides timely, thorough, and accurate political information, with more in-depth coverage of current political controversies than any other reference guide. The updated 2015 edition will continue to be the most authoritative source for finding complete facts and analysis on each country’s governmental and political makeup. Compiling in one place more than 200 entries on countries and territories throughout the world, this volume is renowned for its extensive coverage of all major and minor political parties and groups in each political system.


    • African Development Bank Group
      The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a regional multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries that are the institution’s Regional Member Countries (RMCs).
    • BBC World News Africa Business Report
      Business news from around the continent, produced by the BBC.
    • CIA World Factbook
      The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
    • UN Human Development Reports
      The mission of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is to advance human development. The goal is to contribute towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom. The office works towards this goal by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development.
    • World Bank
      The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.
    • World Health Organization
      The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system


    • Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies)
      Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.
    • Africa Knowledge Project (1999-Present)
      Africa Knowledge Project, known as AKP, promotes Critical African Studies. It disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora.
    • AllAfrica
      Content from newspapers, news agencies and publications from the African continent.
    • Global Newsstream (ProQuest)
      Search the most recent global news, including major US dailies, with archives that stretch back into the 1980s from over 2,700 news sources that include newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, blogs, and more in full-text format.
    • Smithsonian Global Sound
      In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
    • Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
      Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.