African Studies Links

Resources COVID-19

Research resources available to all online

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many publishers and content aggregators have made extra content free online. SCOLMA has put together the collection of resources below to help researchers, academics, students and librarians navigate what’s out there. As far as we are aware, the resources below are available internationally and therefore may be of interest to African colleagues.

The list below gives a selection of resources which you may want to explore. It covers general content, African Studies resources and specialist information on Covid-19.

If you are an academic institution, it is worth contacting relevant major publishers and content aggregators, as many may offer extended free trial access during this difficult period.

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General and specialist resources

Keeping up to date with coronavirus in Africa

Archival collections and content

Information about Africa on the internet

Information about Africa on the internet – there are many sites providing gateways to freely available African resources and materials. These are often organised by topic, region, or resource type. The links here provide a flavour of the gateways and resources available.

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Library catalogues and digitised collections

The sites here provide searching across merged library catalogues. For the catalogues of SCOLMA member libraries, use the links on the Libraries page or go to the Africa Desk.

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