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African Studies Library: Find & Access Books, Journals, Dissertations

Your one-stop-shop for all things African Studies at the University of Cambridge

Find the African Studies Materials you Need

Where are Cambridge's African Studies Materials?

The best place to start is by visiting the African Studies Library and speaking to one of our librarians.

The Cambridge Centre of African Studies Book Series published by Ohio University Press

The Cambridge Centre of African Studies Book Series 

Cambridge African monograph series & papers

Cambridge African monograph series & papers

There are many other print collections in Cambridge that hold relevant material to African Studies.  Please check for opening hours and borrowing rights.

Find a Book Using iDiscover

  • The iDiscover catalogue can be used to search all print and online content available to you as a member of the University

  • Ensure that you login with your Raven password first to see all subscribed online content available to you

  • When searching for books (print or online) use the radial button on the search bar and select "Cambridge Libraries Collections"

  • Search using author last name and keywords from the title

  • Use the filter bar on the right hand side of the page to bring up the concise title needed

  • Books and journals will show as "Available in the Library" (print) or "Full-text online" in the filter bar, and below this you can identify which libraries hold the item needed

  • Make sure to click on the required record for further details, i.e. location, classmark, availability, number of copies

  • For help using iDiscover please see the iDiscover LibGuide for advanced search methods and account management advice

Find the Journal you Need

Find a Dissertation or Thesis

  • The African Studies Library holds (permitted) copies of dissertations from the African Studies MPhil course, dating back to 2011.  These are useful to refer to for structure, writing style, referencing style, and sources. 
  • Dissertations are available for consultation within the Library only, they may not be borrowed or copied in any way.  Please see a list of dissertations at the bottom of this page.
  • The Library also holds a number of bound PhD theses in the basement archive. Please ask us at the issue desk if you wish to consult any theses or dissertations.
  • Find out how to access University of Cambridge PhD theses held at the University Library and elsewhere via the Theses & Dissertations LibGuide.

You are able to view theses from across the world online - try some of the following routes:

  • Apollo: Full-text digital versions of several hundred Cambridge Ph.D. theses. This is a rapidly growing collection deposited by Cambridge Ph.D. graduates on a voluntary basis.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations: International freely available theses and dissertations 
  • DART-Europe: Dissertations and theses from across Europe.
  • EthOS: Electronic copies of Ph.D. theses submitted at over 100 UK universities are obtainable from EThOS, a service set up to provide access to all theses from participating institutions.
  • OATD - Open Access Theses & Dissertations: aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 4,189,303 theses and dissertations.
  • ProQuest Theses & Dissertations: The University subscribes to this database and titles are grouped by general subject packages (i.e. Social Sciences, History, Business).

For more in-depth information regarding these online services please see the: Theses & Dissertations LibGuide.

Find and Access eBooks

The ebooks@cambridge team have created a comprehensive LibGuide which includes the following information:

  • How to find ebooks

  • How to access ebooks

  • How to use ebooks

  • How to cite ebooks

  • Copyright & licensing

  • Free & Open Access ebook collections

Video: How to Access and Use eBooks

Please note: this SMS video is not accessible with keyboard-only access and some screen readers. Please use the YouTube version below if you experience any issues.

Are you Struggling to Access eResources?

The eResources team have put together excellent guidance for using browser extensions and plugins to help you with your search

Browser extensions and plugins can help you by enabling seamless authenticated searching, or by sourcing you an Open Access version of book chapters or articles.

Visit their page to find out more about how these tools can help you, and how to install them:

  • Lean Library (Recommended)
  • CORE Discovery
  • Google Scholar Button
  • Kopernio
  • Open Access Button
  • Unpaywall

Inter-Library Loans

Still struggling to get access to print or online resources?

If you still come away empty-handed, you may be able to get access by using the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service

Please see their pages for more information regarding what is available via the ILL Department (UL).

Electronic Legal Deposit

Texts to which Cambridge libraries have access through electronic legal deposit (eLD), also known as non-print legal deposit (NPLD), can be identified in iDiscover by the appearance of the phrase

Online access restricted to designated PCs in the UL and most Faculty and Departmental libraries”.

For more information on how to access, cite, and use these texts (books and journals) please see the comprehensive Electronic Legal Deposit LibGuide

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