Africana Studies

A Guide to African, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora Resources

Oxford African American Studies Center

Oxford African American Studies Center  A digital compendium of historical and cultural Africa, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora resources. 

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Africana Civilizations

 Africa's Great Civilizations

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Research Guides

Research Methods in Africana Studies                                                                          

McDougal, Serie, III. Research Methods in Africana Studies. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Reference Guide to Africa: A Bibliography of Sources., 3rd ed   

Kagan, Alfred, and Atoma Batoma. Reference Guide to Africa: A Bibliography of Sources, 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. 

African Research Online

The African Research Online features the African Studies Companion and the Africa Yearbook Online.  The African Studies Companion provides access to African guides and resources. Topics covered include languages, cartography, journals, news media, library collections, and national archives. The Africa Yearbook Online, an annual publication,  covers major domestic political developments, and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa.

A Guide to Africa on the Internet 

A Guide to Africa on the Internet is a free research-oriented online resources selected by the Nordic Africa Institute’s (NAI) Library staff.  This guide is regularly updated and is a thorough resource to African Studies research Nordiska Afrikainstitutet

Digital Libraries and Archives

Umbra: Search African American History                                                                          

Umbra is an online search tool that brings together digitized materials from United States archives, libraries, and repositories. The free digitalized content provides wider access to Africana history, culture, and life. Umbra is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, Penumbra Theatre Company, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Connecting Africa    

This site provides access to research and publications in African studies. It also provides information on researchers and organizations that focus on Africa. It is hosted by the African Studies Center at Leiden University. 


Appiah, Anthony. In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Asante, Molefi K. An Afrocentric Manifesto: Toward an African Renaissance. Cambridge: Polity, 2007.

Ben-Jochannan, Yosef. Black Man of the Nile and His Family. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1989.

Burstein, Stanley M. Ancient African Civilizations: Kush and Axum. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2010.

Clarke, John Henrik. African People in World History. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1993.

Connah, Graham. African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Davidson, Basil. African Civilization Revisited: From Antiquity to Modern Times. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1998.

Diop, Chiek A. The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. New York: L. Hill, 1974. 

Diop, Cheikh A. Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. Brooklyn: Lawrence Hill Books, 1991.

Diop, Cheikh A. Precolonial Black Africa. Chicago Review Press, 1988.

Du Bois, W.E.B. The World and Africa and Color and Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Du Bois, W.E.B. W.E.B. Du Bois Writings. New York: Library of America, 1986.

Earle, T. F. and K. J. P. Lowe, eds.  Black Africans in Renaissance Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 

Gates, Henry L. Wonders of the African World. New York: Knopf, 2001.

Jackson, John G. Introduction to African Civilizations. New York: Citadel Press, 1993.

Karenga, Maulana. Introduction to Black Studies, 4th ed. Los Angeles: The University of Sankore Press, 2010.

Keto, C. Tsehloane. An Introduction to the Africa Centered Perspective of History, 2nd ed. Chicago: Research Associates School Times Publication, 1999. 

Mazrui, Ali A. A. The Africans: A Triple Heritage. Boston: Little, Brown, 1986.

Mazrui, Ali A. A. and Toby K. Levine. The Africans: A Reader. New York: Praeger, 1986.

Mbiti, John S. Introduction to African Religion. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc, 2015.

Niane, Djibril T. David W. Chappell, and Jim Jones. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2009.

Obenga, Theophile. African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period: 2780-330 B.C. Dakar: Per Ankh, 2004.

Okafor, Victor. Towards an Understanding of Africology. 3rd ed. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2009.   

Van, Sertima I. Nile Valley Civilizations: Proceedings of the Nile Valley Conference, Atlanta, Sept. 26-30. New Brunswick, NJ: Journal of African Civilizations, 1985.

Van, Sertima I. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. 

Walker, Robin. When We Ruled: The Ancient and Mediæval History of Black Civilisations. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 2011.

Welsing, Frances Cress. The Isis Papers. Chicago: Third World Press, 1990.

Willett, Frank. African Art, 3RD ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.

Williams, Chancellor. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. Chicago: Third World Press, 1987.

Williams, Chancellor. The Rebirth of African Civilization. Chicago: Third World Press, 1993.

Zeleza, Paul Tiyambe. The Study of Africa, 2 Vol. Dakar: Codesria, 2006-2007.


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