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General reference tools: News digests & current events


UF users have access to the following newspaper backfiles in addition to those current Electronic African Newspapers available free on the web. Note that several of the following titles are available in microfilm format only: Daily Nation (Nairobi), Taifa Leo (Nairobi), Sunday Nation (Nairobi), Taifa Jumapili (Nairobi), Kenya Times (Nairobi), The Herald (Harare; Sunday issues only), South Africa Times UK (weekly), The East African (Dar es Salaam; also available via LexisNexis), Sunday News (Dar es Salaam), The Standard (Nairobi), The Monitor (Kampala), The New Vision (Kampala). Check the library catalog for details. A more complete index of microfilmed African newspapers is maintained by the Cooperative Africana Microform Project at the Center for Research Libraries.

Don't overlook the indexes and backfiles of major newspapers as research resources. For example, see the Washington Post, New York Times (both available through ProQuest's Historical Newspapers Online) and the Times (London, via LexisNexis or ProQuest).

Periodicals for current awareness

Africa Confidential DT1.A2125 (1998-2006 available online via Blackwell-Synergy).

Africa Today DT1 .A22 (1999-present available online via Project Muse)

African business HC800 .A1 A35 ( 01/01/1994 to present in Academic OneFile)

Marchés tropicaux et Mediterranéens. HC10 M3

Africa Research Bulletin: Political Series (1997-present availableonline via Blackwell-Synergy)
Exeter, U.K.: Africa Research Ltd. 1985- Monthly
Ref DT1 .A2283 

Africa Research Bulletin: Economic Series (1997-present available online via Blackwell-Synergy)
Exeter, U.K.: Africa Research Ltd.1985- Monthly
Ref HC 501 .A534 

Electronic resources

The news file of Academic Universe Lexis-Nexis service includes up to the minute news and back files on General news, World news, wires, and transcripts.

Country Reports & Profiles from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The EIU produces objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in more than 180 countries.

The Access World News service is a useful resource, including many African newspaper titles. The Foreign Broadcast Information Service electronic index 1975-1996 is also available via NewsBank (indexes transcripts of world media broadcasts).

Africana home pages with links to current news sites

The following pages have excellent links to numerous current events and news sources: Michigan State University, African Studies Library Columbia University, African Studies Library Stanford University, African Collection

Useful Broadcasters websites for current events:
Current news with radio schedules and frequencies for the British Broadcasting Corp. reports and for its services in Arabic, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Portuguese, Somali and Swahili.
Has the TV schedule, video/audio clips for those with sound cards, speakers, etc.
Transcripts of VOA broadcasts in several Internet audio formats with excerpts available in a number of languages.
The USIA provides another point of access to information about US international broadcasting and the VOA.
Africa Action brings together links to current events, policy discussions and other material relevant to African issues.

Newspapers and news services sites
Links to newspapers published in Africa and other countries. Lists about 50 African countries.
Current news from African news sources providing an African perspective on the news.

The Kiosk has links to news media all over the world, mainly to newspapers in the countries' own language(s).

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