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Africa: A Guide to 
Reference Material 

2nd revised and expanded edition

by
John McIlwaine

What reviewers say about the second edition of 
Africa: A Guide to Reference Material 

Library recommendation form

First published in 1993, this is a new revised and substantially expanded edition of a classic African studies reference work that evaluates the leading sources of information (other than bibliographies) on Africa South of the Sahara published in English and French, and in a number of other European languages. The first edition of the book was the winner of the UK Library Association’s Besterman Medal for 1993, awarded annually for an outstanding bibliography.

This new second edition contains 3,600 for the most part annotated entries, covering encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, atlases and gazetteers, almanacs, yearbooks, topographic reference sources, directories of organizations, as well as biographical and statistical sources. Each title – most of them personally examined by the compiler – is described and analysed for content. Following a general section on Africa as a whole (with sub-divisions by special subjects), material is arranged under broad regions of Africa, and then by individual countries.

Africa: A Guide to Reference Material can function at different levels: it facilitates rapid access to specific sources for an enquirer seeking to track down information, and it is also intended to provide additional information on the sources listed for both librarians and researchers who wish to be informed about the circumstances of compilation, and the strengths and weaknesses of the resulting title.

The book is extensively cross-referenced throughout and contains an author and title index, and a separate subject index with expanded coverage to accommodate the increased subject range of this new edition.

 in this second edition:

  • In addition to including a diverse range of new reference material that has appeared in print format since 1992, this new edition now also lists a substantial number of electronic resources, which are critically reviewed and evaluated. 

  • Entirely new sections include a selection of the principal reference sources in the biological and earth sciences, especially on flora and fauna, and on biology, habitat, and geology.

  • A major new feature in the 2nd edition is the citation of a wide range of reviews and, for some of the major resources, references to articles and reports about their compilation. In all some 700 reviews are noted from over 80 journals – covering the leading Africanist and professional library journals (Choice, American Reference Books Annual, Reference Reviews), as well as a number of specialist journals in other disciplines – with brief quotations from the reviews and an indication if they were either particularly enthusiastic or particularly critical.  

666 pp. 234x156mm cased  £130.00/€198.00/$260.00
ISBN: 0-9541029-3-2 
ISBN-13: 978-0-9541029-3-7  

Publication date: April 2007 
Format: print only 

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From reviews of the second edition

 

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About the author:

John McIlwaine is Professor Emeritus of the Bibliography of Asia and Africa, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London. He taught a course in Oriental and African bibliography at the School for 35 years, and was the recipient in 2001 of the Library Association’s (later CILIP) Walford Award, for sustained and continual contribution to the science and art of bibliography. He is a former Chair of the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa (SCOLMA), and was Editor for many years of African Research & Documentation.

 

 

Contents

Preface to the 2nd edition
Introduction
Abbreviations
& acronyms

AFRICA IN GENERAL
Handbooks
General

            Published 1938 to 1989
            Published post 1990
            Francophone Africa
            Former German Africa
            Lusophone Africa
            Special subjects
                        Art & architecture
                        Economics
                        Education
                        Ethnography
                                    Folklore & mythology
                        History
                                    Atlases
                                    Cambridge & UNESCO histories
                                    Chronologies
                                    Slavery
                        Human rights
                        Language
                                    Etymology
                                    Orthography
                        Law
                        Libraries, archives, museums
                        Literature
                        Onomastics
                        Performing arts
                                    Cinema
                                    Music
                                    Theatre
                        Politics
                                    Borders
                                    Elections & parliaments
                                    Flags
                                    Office holders
                                    Political parties & groupings
                        Religion
                        Sociology
                        Transport
 

Yearbooks
            Africa
            Francophone Africa
            Lusophone Africa  

Statistics
           
General accounts & directories
            Bibliographies: demographic statistics
            Bibliographies: economic statistics
            Africa
                        Bulletins & yearbooks
            Anglophone Africa
                        Bulletins & yearbooks
            Francophone Africa
                        Bulletins & yearbooks
            Lusophone Africa  

Directories of organizations
            Guides to abbreviations & acronyms
            Bibliography
            General
            Organizations in Africa
                        General
                        International organizations
                        Special subjects
                                    Administration
                                    Development
                                    Education
                                    Finance, business & commerce                                        
                                   
Human rights
                        Libraries, archives, museums & the book                                    
                                   
Religion
                                    Research centres
                                    Trade unions
                                    Women’s organizations
            African-related organizations outside
Africa
                        General & international
                        Australasia
                        Europe
                                    Belgium
                                    France
                                    Germany
                                    Netherlands
                                    Portugal
                                    Scandinavia
                                    Switzerland
                                    United Kingdom
                        North America
                                    Canada
                                    USA
 

Biographical sources
            General
            Special subjects
                        Cinema & music
                        Politics
                        Religion
            Anglophone Africa
            Francophone Africa
            Lusophone Africa             

Atlases & gazetteers
            Atlases
                        Bibliographies
                        General
                                    Facsimiles
                                    Anglophone Africa
                                    Francophone Africa
                                    Former German Africa
                                    Lusophone Africa
            Gazetteers
                        Bibliographies & manuals
                        General discussions of African toponymy
                        General, incl. place-name directories
                                    World
                                    Africa
                        Pilots
(Sailing directions)  

Earth & Biological sciences

Earth sciences
           
Agriculture
            Climate & meteorology
            Geology & minerals
            Hydrology, limnology & oceanography            

Biological sciences
            General
            Birds
                        Checklists
                        Handbooks
                        Field guides
            Mammals
                        Checklists
                        Handbooks
                        Field guides
                        Atlases
            Amphibians & reptiles
                        Fishes
                        Invertebrates
                        Butterflies
                        Others
            Plants
                        Atlases
                        Floras
                                    Bibliography
                                    General
                                    Taxonomic groups
                                    Plants used by or affecting man  

Regions and countries                                           ^top

Note: all regional and country sections have sub-sections on Handbooks, Yearbooks, Statistics, Directories of organizations, Biographical sources, Atlases & gazetteers, Earth sciences, and Biological science. Country sections also have several additional sub-divisions for special subjects, etc. as appropriate, but are not shown here.

NORTH-EAST AFRICA
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Somalia
Sudan
 

EAST AFRICA
Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
 

CENTRAL AFRICA
Anglophone Central Africa
Malawi
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 

Francophone Central Africa
Former French Equatorial Africa
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo (Brazzaville)
Gabon
 

Former Belgian Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Burundi & Rwanda
Burundi
Rwanda
 

WEST AFRICA
Anglophone West Africa
The Gambia
Ghana
Nigeria
Sierra Leone
Liberia
St. Helena
 

Francophone West Africa
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Côte d’Ivoire
Guinea
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Senegal
Togo    

Lusophone West Africa
Cape Verde Islands
Guinea Bissau
São Tomé e Principe
 

Former Spanish Africa
Equatorial Guinea  

SOUTHERN AFRICA
South Africa
Namibia
Botswana
Lesotho
Swaziland
 

Indian Ocean Islands (Francophone Southern Africa)
Comoros
Madagascar
Mauritius
Mayotte
Réunion
Seychelles
 

Lusophone Southern Africa
Angola
Mozambique
                                                                                           

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