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Guides to Resources

Balay, Robert (ed). Guide to Reference Books. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. Chapter on Africa by Phyllis Bischof, Alfred Kagan and Regina Kammer. p.1,318-1,346. 
Ref Z1035.1 .G89 1996 (located in Ready reference collection)

Kagan, Alfred. Reference guide to Africa: A bibliography of sources. 2d ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005. 
Ref. Z3501 .K15 2005

McIlwaine, John. Africa: A guide to reference material. London: Hans Zell, 1993. [2d ed. 2007 on order.]
Ref DT3 .M3 1993

Scheven, Yvette. Bibliographies for African studies 1970-1986. London: Hans Zell, 1988. 
Ref DT351 .S331 1988

Scheven, Yvette (ed.). Bibliographies for African studies, 1987-1993. Compiled by Phyllis Bischof ... [et al.]. New Jersey : Hans Zell Publishers, 1994.
Ref Z3501 .A1 S345 1994

Zell, Hans. African Studies Companion: A guide to Inforation Sources. 4th ed. Lochcarron, Scotland: Hans Zell Publishers 2006.
Ref DT19.8 Z45 1997 and online


Africa South of the Sahara. London: Europa Pub. 1971- (latest three years shelved in reference). 
Ref DT351 .A37

Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara. 4 vols. John Middleton, ed. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1997.
Ref DT351 .E53 1997

Encyclopedia of African history. 3. vols. Kevin Shillington, ed. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005.
Ref. DT20 .E53 2004

Africana: the encyclopedia of the African American experience. 2d ed. 5 vols. Kwame Appiah and Henry Gates, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
Ref DT14 .A37435 2005

New African Yearbook. Alan Rake, editor. London, I.C. Magazines, Ltd., 1978- (latest ed. shelved in reference). 
Ref DT 1 .N473

Country Surveys

Nigeria: Giant in the tropics. 2 vols. Lagos, Nigeria: Gabumo Pub. Co., 1993.
Ref DT515.8 .N531 1993

South African survey. Johannesburg: the Institute, 1996- 
Ref DT763 .R33

Historical Dictionary series published by Scarecrow press. Most include a good chronology and an extensive bibliography.


Most of the atlases and maps are located in the map library but a few are also in the reference area of Library West (note that these are oversized items generally shelved separately from other reference materials):

Atlas of southern Africa REF G2565 .R4 1984
Atlas of African Prehistory REF G2446 .E1 C5 1967
Historical Atlas of Africa REF G2446 .S1 H5 1985
Atlas of Africa/Atlas Jeune Afrique REF G2445 .F72 1973
The Atlas of African affairs REF G2445 .G7 1994

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