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African Studies: Journals

African Journal Archive

African Journal Archive collated by Sabinet.

List of African Studies journals and abstracts

A list of key international academic journals is available on Wikipedia. The African Studies Centre (University of Leiden) also produces a quarterly list of abstracts for journal articles and edited works. This now includes the Library of Congress's Quarterly Index of African periodical literature (1991-2011) The link is below.

Finding journals

The Bodleian Libraries, the Weston Library in particular, hold a wide range of key printed journals for African Studies including Journal of Contemporary African History. West Africa, and Review of African Political Economy. To find both printed and electronic journal titles search SOLO, Oxford Libraries' catalogue. Electronic journal titles can be searched via e-Journals A-Z

Finding journal articles

Use Databases A-Z to find journal articles on a country or subject.  Key databases for African studies are:

  • Social Science Premium collection of databases on the Proquest Platform including:
    • Sociological Abstracts: index and abstracts of journal articles and papers in sociology
    • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS): public policy articles and reports
    • IBSS: includes references to journal articles dating back to 1951 within anthropology, economics, politics and sociology and a range of interdisciplinary subjects. IBSS is especially strong on international material with over 50 per cent of journals indexed published outside the US or UK.
    • ASSIA: applied social science
  • Historical Abstracts: Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts is the leading bibliography for historical study also accessible via the Proquest Platform. Currently indexes over 2,000 journals internationally published journals. 

Google Scholar is also an easy way of finding journal articles.  See the tips below.

  Google Scholar tips

Here are some tips to get the best out of Google Scholar:

  • Use as many relevant keywords as possible when searching.
  • If you have a phrase "put it in quotation marks"
  • Use a minus sign before a word to exclude it from the search.
  • On campus you will have links to 'Find it at Oxford', off campus you can activate these by searching for Oxford on the Library Links option in Scholar Preferences.
  • If you use Endnote or Refworks you can set these as your bibliographic manager preference in Scholar Preferences.