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General Information:

Spring Semester, 2005

Tuesday,Thursday 9:30–10:45

Schedule of Meetings


Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies

Indiana University Main Library E-660


Office hours: Walk-ins welcome (office is open Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) or by appointment.


The objective of this course is to teach students the efficient use of research collections at Indiana University, other institutions in the U.S. and abroad, as well as during their field research in Africa.  Students are introduced to important general and specialized research sources.  There are exercises and assignments on how to use these sources, as well as on search strategies that enable participants to find materials on their own throughout their graduate studies.  Special attention is given to electronic sources, how to use and evaluate them, and to their relationship to existing print sources.

Apart from bibliographic surveys, there are discussion sessions and reading assignments that place the study of bibliography in the larger context of trends in the field of African Studies, libraries, librarianship, and archives in the U.S. and Africa, as well as in the context of publishing industries and the rapidly changing world of electronic information.

Required Text

Kagan, Alfred and Yvette Scheven. Reference Guide to Africa: A Bibliography of Sources. Lanham, Md., & London: the Scarecrow Press, Inc., c1998.

Materials on Reserve:

“Africa,” in Altbach, P. International Book Publishing: an Encyclopedia, London, Chicago: Fitzroy, Dearborn, 1995: 366-415.

Barret, Christopher B. and Jeffrey W. Cason. Overseas Research. A Practical Guide. H62 .B338 1997

Gray, Eve. “Caxton or the Ethernet? Academic Publishing in an African Context,”Cape Librarian, Mar./Apr. 2001: 10-14

Guyer, Jane. African Studies in the United States: A Perspective. African Studies Association Press, 1996. DT19.8 G89 1996

Henige, David. “The Half Life of African Archives,” Julian Witherell (ed.), Africana Resources and Collections: Three Decades of Development and Achievement. A Festschrift in Honor of Hans Panofsky, Metuchen, N.J., & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1989: 198-212.

Lohrentz, Kenneth P. “Africana at the Center for Research Libraries: A Survey of Collections and Access,” African Studies Review, vol. 41, no. 2, September 1998: 113-132.

Polman, Katrien. “Evaluation of Africa-related Internet Resources,” African Affairs, vol. 97, no. 388, July 1998: 401-408.

Zeleza, Paul Tiyambe. Chapter 4: “Trends and Inequalities in the Production of Africanist Knowledge,” Manufacturing African Studies and Crises, Dakar/Senegal: CODESRIA, 1997: 44-69.

Zell, Hans M. Publishing and Book Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: an Annotated Bibliography. London and New Providence, NJ: H. Zell Publishers, 1996.


Class attendance is required. Brief bibliographies will be distributed for those materials not listed in the textbook. There will be assigned readings for the class, class discussion, in-class exercises, as well as written exercises related to using some bibliographic sources, and a final course project.


Late submissions of assignments will not be accepted.

Course Project:

Each student is required to prepare a bibliographic essay and annotated bibliography on a topic of interest. Students may select a topic of practical use to them for current coursework, dissertation research, or future fieldwork. Each student must prepare a presentation of the course project to be presented during the last two class sessions. It is impossible for the instructor to accept late submissions.Since a copy of each project is retained in the African Studies Library Office, students who want a marked copy returned should turn in two copies of their paper.

Projects and assignments must be prepared in accordance with a standard bibliographic style. Any of the style guides listed below may be used:

Chicago Manual of Style. REF Z253 .U69 2003

At Main Library Reference Desk and in Information Commons Reference.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. REF LB 2369 .G53 2003

At Main Library Reference Desk and in Information Commons Reference.

For government publications:

The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources. Z7164 .G7 G37 1993

At Main Library Reference Desk and GIMSS Reserve.

For electronic sources, see also:



Presentation: 10%

Annotation: 2%

Evaluation of bibliography: 10%

Exercise 1 (set of questions): 10%

Exercise 2 (set of questions): 10%

Exercise 3 (set of questions): 10%

Final Course Project: 40%

Class Participation/Attendance : 8%