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Africa Bibliography

This large and authoritative guide to works in African studies has been published under the auspices of the International African Institute annually since 1984.

Call for papers: Africa Bibliography Introductory Essays
Articles of 5,000-8,000 words on topics relating to research, libraries, archives and publishing in and on Africa, and in African studies, are invited. Find out more here or contact Managing Editor Stephanie Kitchen for further details, .

Africa Bibliography is published simultaneously in print and online editions. The online edition is a fully searchable database of both the current volume and past volumes. With user-friendly search functionality and links straight to the full-text of articles or library catalogues, the online version enables researchers to locate references quickly. Free trials and further information may be found at

Publishing and availability

Africa Bibliography is prepared in association with the International African Institute's journal Africa. The Africa Bibliography is available as part of a subscription to the International African Institute's journal, Africa. It can also be bought as a stand alone volume. It is published for the Institute by Cambridge University Press. For further information see

Print and online only options are available.

Annual volume published November
ISSN: 0266-6731
E-ISSN: 1757-1642


Read a review published in Reference Reviews.

Read a review published by the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB).

Conover Porter Award

Africa Bibliography was recognised as the winner of the 2014 Conover Porter prize, which was presented during the 2014 US African Studies Association conference. The Conover-Porter Award is presented every two years by the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association. The award recognises outstanding achievement in Africana bibliography and reference tools among works published in the preceding two years. View further details and a list of previous winners.