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Africa-Wide, produced by NISC South Africa, combines databases from around the world to form a multidisciplinary aggregation offering unique and extensive coverage of all facets of Africa and African studies. This includes content from South African Studies, African Studies, and African HealthLine, which focuses on all aspects of health relating to Africa and other developing nations.
Africabib is a combination of bibliographic databases providing access to periodical and other material on Africa. The two major databases include Africana Periodical Literature, a bibliography of citations from periodicals, covering a range of topics relating to Africa and African Women's Database which includes citations pertaining to women in Africa, conference papers, and references to theses and dissertations.
The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa. The Yearbook contains articles on all sub-Saharan states and on each of the four sub-regions (West, Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa), focusing on major cross-border developments and sub-regional organizations. It also contains one article on continental developments and one on European-African relations.
Selected social science databases
This is just a sampling of the many databases available to researchers in the social sciences. To find other resources in your field, search Yale Library's complete list of databases or consult the subject guides listed below.
Anthropology Plus is the world's most comprehensive, focused index of bibliographic materials from the late 1800s to today in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology; ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture; and interdisciplinary studies. Beyond these disciplines, researchers and scholars in art history, demography, economics, genetics, geography, geology, history, psychology, religion, or sociology will all find relevant anthropological material.
Sociological Abstracts features journal citations and abstracts; book, chapter, and association paper abstracts; and book, film, and software review citations. Entries cover sociological aspects of twenty-nine broad topics, including anthropology, business, collective behavior, community development, disaster studies, education, environmental studies, gender studies, gerontology, law and penology, marriage and family studies, medicine and health, racial interactions, social psychology, social work, sociological theory, stratification, substance abuse, urban studies, and violence.
EconLit, produced by the American Economic Association, is an expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature. It contains bibliographic references and some abstracts for journal articles, books, articles in collective volumes and dissertations. It also contains the bibliographic database Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics, produced by Cambridge University Press.
Provides access to scholarly research in international affairs published from 1991 to present. Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, journal articles, book chapters, case studies, and policy briefs. Each section of CIAO is updated with new material on a regular schedule and a list of sources for each type of material is provided.
The Gender Studies Database combines NISC's popular Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles and documents on the web are available. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. Several hundred links provide access to carefully selected and important websites. Covers 1972 - present.
Includes abstracts of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, as well as an Electronic Paper Collection with downloadable full text documents. Free registration required.
How to find the top resources in a subject area
To explore the most valuable sources and research tips in a specific discipline or subject area, try one of the subject guides below. These are created by Yale's subject specialist librarians to highlight relevant tools and techniques. If you have questions about your research, get in touch with the appropriate subject librarian--we're always happy to help!