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Francophone World Resources: Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Caribbean: Research Resources

This guide focuses on the regions of Africa, which speak French and were formerly colonized by either France or Belguim. Many of the sources are in French or French and English

French focused databases

Resources that the library subscribes to: 


Open Access databases:

Research Consortiums focused on Francophone Studies

These groups' webpages have valuable resources for developing research projects and to familiarize oneself with scholarly work globally.

Institut des mondes africains (IMAF)

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.  

GIERSA: Groupe interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches sur les sociétés africaines

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. 

The Francophone Africa Research Cluster at the University of Portsmouth

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. 

Good Places to start...

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' LibGuides

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. 

Marquette University: French Language and Literature: Africa, Sub-Saharan

This guide's signature strength is its list of French language news sites and newspapers in French focused on Africa.

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