Resources that the library subscribes to:
Open Access databases:
These groups' webpages have valuable resources for developing research projects and to familiarize oneself with scholarly work globally.
On January 1, 2014, le Centre d'études des mondes africains (CEMAf), le Centre d'études africaines (CEAf), and le Centre d'histoire sociale de l'islam méditerranéen (CHSIM) joined together to form IMAF, an interdisciplinary research group devoted to the study of the continent of Africa - both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
This is a group jointly based at the Université Laval and the Université de Montréal in Canada. They have pages devoted to their members recent publications as well as thematic bibliographies that survey the relatively scholarly literature on select themes.
This research cluster focuses on firstly, reassessing the legacy of French colonialism on both former colonies and the metropole and secondly, the changing relationship between France and the Francophone world. The website features a blog, an event listing, and resources. The Blog discusses research and teaching experiences.
If you have a topic, a good place to start is one of the Oxford Bibliographies. These are arranged thematically on topics such as:
Relevant databases: Atlantic History, African Studies
These are also good resources for fact checking or when you are compiling bibliographies. Or if your research gets stuck.
Other universities' have invested significant time and energy creating LibGuides on the Francophone world. Many resources overlap, but not all. Each of them has different strengths and are updated at different times. Researchers are encouraged to consult these as well.
This guide's signature strength is its list of French language news sites and newspapers in French focused on Africa.