Africa Bibliography ... goes digital

Africa Bibliography ... goes digital

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Cambridge University Press / International African Institute
United States
From - Until
04.02.2011 -
Roberts, Becky

Cambridge University Press and the International African Institute are proud to announce the launch of the Africa Bibliography as a fully-searchable online database. The annual Africa Bibliography, long considered the leading bibliographic guide to all works in African studies, has been fully digitised by the team behind the esteemed Cambridge Journals Online platform in consultation with Africanist librarians.

The online Africa Bibliography features full bibliographic records comprising books, journal articles and chapters: each entry is classified and searchable by region, country and subject. It offers a variety of advanced search functionality including quick search, advanced Boolean, faceted search and browse options.

The inclusion of full-text linking through CrossRef and Google Scholar will enable users to access a source immediately simply by clicking on an entry in the Bibliography. In addition this crucial research tool offers multiple search export formats compatible with a variety of citation management software tools. This advanced functionality and the wealth of bibliographic data have been combined to create a rich and interactive resource for all scholars in the field.

The Africa Bibliography will initially feature digitised content from 2004 to the current volume, with further volumes back to 1984 published subsequently. Ultimately, it will incorporate over 120,000 categorised entries from c.900 publishers including books, individual chapters and the relevant articles from c.1,100 serial publications. This collection of data makes it an indispensable and invaluable tool for both researchers and general readers alike interested in any aspect of African studies. The reach and accessibility of the existing Africa Bibliography archive will be expanded through this new site, making it more readily available to students and scholars throughout the world.

‘We are particularly excited to offer a fresh iteration of a perennial research tool with our work in digitising the Africa Bibliography’ remarked Simon Ross, Journals Director of Cambridge University Press. ‘It marks the culmination of months of classification, consultation, development and testing and we hope this will prove to be a truly unique and indispensable research tool for scholars of African studies’

Stephanie Kitchen, Publications Committee chair at the IAI comments, 'We are delighted about the partnership with Cambridge University Press that has enabled this major digitisation project, fulfilling the Institute’s long-held ambition to adapt its major reference work and longstanding contribution to African studies scholarship to the modern information era. We hope the fully searchable online Africa Bibliography will henceforth be most readily available and useful to students and scholars throughout the world.'

'To register for a Free 15 day trial of the Africa Bibliography or to find out further information please visit or email

About The International African Institute
The International African Institute (IAI) was founded in 1926 as a scholarly institution. Over the years, it has played a pioneering role in promoting African studies through facilitating research, scholarly publishing about Africa, and a variety of other programmes.

About Cambridge University Press Journals
Cambridge University Press publishes over 250 peer-reviewed academic journals across a wide spread of subject areas, in print and online. Many of these journals are the leading academic publications in their fields and together they form one of the most valuable and comprehensive bodies of research available today.

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