The Nordic Africa Institute


Both subscribed and free databases, mainly with a focus on Africa.

Africa-specific databases we subscribe to

Combination of several databases, providing access to more than 4 million records - some with full-text links.

Topics: politics, history, economics, business, mining, natural sciences, environment, development, social issues, anthropology, literature, language, law, music, tourism etc.
Sources: books, periodicals and magazines articles, radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, pamphlets, maps, reports, theses, music recordings etc.
Coverage: From the 19th century to the present.


(Formerly: South African Press Association, SAPA.)

Full-text news reports covering South African and African news. The database covers the period 1998 - 31 March 2015 and from November 2015 onwards.


Online edition of modern African literature including 318 volumes (of 365) of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose.


Aggregates and distributes news from 140+ African news organizations and own reporters. Top news, latest news, country and regional news, business, sports and various topics.

Archives include millions of articles from 1996 onwards, and the website comes in an English version as well as a French, reflecting also the language of the news sources.


Country reports and profiles, provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit (coverage: Africa).


More info about this resource on EiU website: General info. Video tutorials, mainly Country Report and Country Forecast.

More than 3 million newspaper and periodical articles within Social sciences, Politics, Economy and more. Searchable through keywords and topics, articles viewable as pdfs. Focused mainly on southern Africa.


76 collections, 20K+ objects, 190K+ pages focusing on the liberation struggles in Southern Africa, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. More info on JSTOR websiteexternal link, opens in new window.


Free Africa-specific databases

AfricaBibexternal link, opens in new window
Five bibliographic databases in one: Africana Periodical Literature, African Women, Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa: 1763-2004, Islam in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, and Kenya Coast.

ASKIA - Access to Scientific Knowledge in Africaexternal link, opens in new window
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's federated search portal for scientific and socio-economic information on Africa from several different sources - including Open Access literature, commercial databases, online journals, (UN)ECA publications, etc.

Connecting Africaexternal link, opens in new window
A service that provides access to African research information and materials produced in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

IlissAfrica - Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africaexternal link, opens in new window
Find literature, internet resources, contacts and further information concerning African Studies,

Noovellexternal link, opens in new window
Global news aggregator with a focus on politics and current affairs. In English. Specific section for Africa and also subpages for each country.

Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa : A Critical Bibliographyexternal link, opens in new window
An online version of the book with the same title.

Free general databases

DART-Europe E-theses Portalexternal link, opens in new window
Search electronically published open access dissertations and theses from hundreds of European universities.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)external link, opens in new window
Search and browse peer reviewed, scholarly open access books.

Doriaexternal link, opens in new window
Multi-institutional repository maintained by National Library of Finland.

forskningsdatabasen.dkexternal link, opens in new window
The Danish national research database.

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)external link, opens in new window
Search for full text theses and dissertations in the NDLTD Catalog.

NORAexternal link, opens in new window
Norwegian open research archives

Nordicom databases on Nordic media research
The NCOM 1975-2006 database contains some 40.000 references to nordic media research publications. The succcessor NCOM continues from 2006/2007 including four different data types: nordic media researchers, research institutions, research projects and research publications.

OAPEN Libraryexternal link, opens in new window
Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Open Knowledge Repositoryexternal link, opens in new window
The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products, among others reports, journal articles, serial publications, working papers etc.

Population Indexexternal link, opens in new window
Abstracts of demographic literature published in the period 1986–2000.

The Swedish Media Database (SMDB)external link, opens in new window
Search TV and radio broadcasts, documentary films and much more, some of them with an African focus. Researchers can order materials from the SMDB and access the material either at the National Library in Stockholm or as an interlibrary loan on DVD at a university library. SMDB is only available in Swedish.

SwePubexternal link, opens in new window
Academic publications at Swedish universities. Search among scholarly articles, conference papers and dissertations etc.

UNBISNETexternal link, opens in new window
United Nations Bibliographic Information System. References to UN documents and publications, articles and books about the UN, speeches of the General Assembly from 1983-, voting records and more.

Library catalogues

Libraries and archives. From Africa south of the Sahara. Selected internet resources ed. by Karen Fung, Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources. link, opens in new window

Uppsala University Library.
General search tool: http://ub.uu.seexternal link
Library catalogue (DISA) only: https://disaweb.ub.uu.seexternal link, opens in new window

Libris. Union catalogue of Swedish libraries. link, opens in new window Locate books and journals at Danish libraries. link, opens in new window

BIBSYS. Union catalogue of Norwegian libraries. link

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). link, opens in new window

The National Library of Finland (Helsinki University Library). Finnish library catalogues, databases and online resources. link, opens in new window

Gegnir. Union catalogue of Icelandic libraries. link, opens in new window

African Studies Centre Catalogue. Search the library collection of ASC, Leiden, The Netherlands; social and economic development, political and constitutional developments, as well as anthropology, sociology, religion, law, education, contemporary history and literature. link, opens in new window

BCEA, the Portuguese Central Library of African Studies. link, opens in new window

Bibliotèque nationale de France with several catalogues to search. link, opens in new window

British Library. With Explore the British Library you can search items from the main catalogue of nearly 57 million records. link, opens in new window

Clark Library, MLibrary - Stephen S. Clark Library, MLibrary, Univ. of Michigan, for Maps and Government Information. link, opens in new window

IDS/BLDS. British Library for Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK. Library catalogue and other resources on economic and social change in developing countries. link, opens in new window

The Library Network catalogue, serving the World Bank Group and IMF. link, opens in new window

Library of Congress. link, opens in new window

NU Libraries Searchcat. Catalogue of the Northwestern University Libraries. Search special NU Databases, Africana Conference Paper Index and the Africana Vertical File Index. https://search.library.northwestern.eduexternal link, opens in new window

School of Oriental and African Studies. link, opens in new window

University library of Mainz / The Library of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies. link, opens in new window

University of Vienna, African and Middle Eastern Studies Library / African Studies Holding 1991-. link, opens in new window

WorldCat (OCLC). Cross search a database of over 1 billion books, music, videos, articles and other items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. link, opens in new window