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Africa-Wide Information incorporates a variety of smaller databases and covers African and South African studies using sources from Africa, Europe and the United States. The subject areas covered include politics, history, economics, business, mining, natural sciences, environment, development, social issues, anthropology, literature, language, law, music, tourism, and many more. 

Databases in Africa-Wide Information include:

  • AfricaLit
  • African Studies Abstracts
  • Africa Institute Database
  • The Southern African Database
  • School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalogue: Africa
  • Media Africa
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage of Africa (NATCHA)
  • Afro-Tropical Bird Information Retrieval Database (BIRD)
  • African Periodicals Exhibit (APEX)
  • Bibliography on Contemporary African Politics and Development
  • Don Africana Collection
  • The Campbell Collections of the University of Natal, Killie Campbell Africana Library
  • International Library of African Music (ILAM)
  • Database of Swiss Theses and Dissertation
  • Africana Books Collective
  • The Africa Book Centre
  • Index to South African Periodicals
  • South African National Bibliography
  • National English Literary Museum
  • KnipKat
  • Witwatersrand University Management Research Reports
  • The Centre for Rural Legal Studies Database
  • South African Legal Abbreviations
  • Political Information and Monitoring Service Database (PIMS)
  • African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
  • Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA)-BIDOC current catalogue
  • African Development Database

See Product Factsheet for descriptions of individual databases.
Note: Formerly named Africa-Wide: NiPAD


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19th century-current and earlier

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Books, journals, current research, popular magazines, reviews, radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, pamphlets, government publications, grey literature, maps, reports, theses and dissertations, and music recordings.

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Bibliographic database with full text links.

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