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Guide to Resources and Information on Somali Language, Culture, and Traditions


Welcome to the Somali Language Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning.  Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.                                                    

Leta Hendricks

Somali Politics

Somali Democratic Republic / Jamhuriyadda Dimugradiga Somaliya



African Newstream  African Newstream offers access to current content from global and continental newspapers, news wires, and news sites from a variety of resources including Africa News Service, BBC Monitoring Africa, and The International Herald Tribune.

Africa-Wide Information  Resource, produced by NISC South Africa, combines bibliographic databases from around the world to form a multidisciplinary aggregation offering unique and extensive coverage of all facets of Africa and African studies. Database includes content from South African Studies, African Studies, and African HealthLine.

All  All Africa Advanced Search provides subscribers with current and archival articles from the African global press, governments, non-governmental organizations and other news media.

Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook   The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook, a subscription based website, maintains current information on government leaders, demographic data, economic statistics, mass media listings, budgets, intelligence and security services.

Digital National Security Archive  ProQuest’s Digital National Security Archive database provides access to declassified United States government documents central to understanding U.S. foreign policy and U.S. military action.

Access World News: Research Collection  International news database provides access to newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, news wires and journalist-written blogs from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.  NewsBank database allows user to create an account to save search history, save articles, save searches, set up newspaper alerts.

Factiva  Global news and information database on companies, industries, and financial markets.  Factiva, produced by Dow Jones, content includes news in English and non-English languages from newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and social media.

African American Newspapers  Newspaper database provides online access to African American newspapers chronicling culture and daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries. This collection features papers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

Historical Black Newspapers  This Fourth Estate database provides access to African American newspaper full-page content: Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).

ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers  ProQuest database contains full content of major African-American newspapers from the 20th century: Atlanta Daily World; The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988); Chicago Defender (1910-1975); Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991); Los Angeles Sentinel; New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993); Norfolk Journal and Guide; Philadelphia Tribune; Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).

Governmental Sites

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets/Somalia Fact sheets produced by the U.S. Department of State contains information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of nations and sovereignties.

Country Studies: Somalia The Library of Congress 1993 online edition of “Somalia A Country Study” contains a description and analysis on the international and internal affairs of Somalia.

Guide to Law Online: Somalia  The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, provides information on government and law. The vetted links allows access to and reliable sites for laws, regulations, and court decisions.

The African Union  The African Union (AU) replaced the Organization of African Unity (1963–2002) in 2002.  AU promotes unity and solidarity of African states, encourages economic development, and to endorses international cooperation. 

African American and African Studies Librarian, Anthropology Librarian, and Comparative Studies Librarian

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