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African Studies Guide

The African Studies Guide will help researchers to orient themselves with University of Virginia Library holdings related to Africa.

Finding Books

In the boxes below, you will find an acclaimed selection of book titles by African authors represented in the University of Virginia (UVA) library collection that may interest you. Their themes cover colonialism, culture clash, gender, history, sociology, tradition, and more. Use a variety of search strategies to find hundreds more like these within the UVA catalog:

  • Visit and perform a sample search. 
  • If your results are too broad using the basic catalog search, try using the advanced search menu. Search by Subject, for example. Choose "Subject" from the drop down menu and enter a search term: "African literature" or "African Studies."
  • For more specific results, try using more than one term, for example with a keyword search: "African literature AND colonialism".
  • After any preliminary search, consider using the filters at left for availability, library, date, etc. to narrow your results.

Selected Books in the UVA Catalog