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About the project
The internet library sub-Saharan Africa (ilissAfrica) is a portal that offers an integrated access to relevant scientific conventional and digital information resources on the sub-Saharan Africa region. Information scattered on private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues is brought together in order to facilitate research. Without ilissAfrica this information has to be collected in a laborious and time-consuming process.
ilissAfrica allows simultaneous searching ("General search") in the following electronic resources:
- Library Catalogue UB Frankfurt (mainly books)
- Africa Section of the database World Affairs Online incl. the Africa library catalogue of GIGA Hamburg (books and journal articles) as from 1985
- Library Catalogue of the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands (books and journal articles)
- Library Catalogue of the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala/Sweden
- Library Catalogue of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Mainz University with Jahn Library and AMA
- SSG-Section of the Swets database "Online Contents" (titles of journal articles)
- Database on internet resources with more than 5.200 websites on sub-Saharan Africa
- Africa section of Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
- Colonial Picture Archive with 50.000 digitized historical pictures of Frankfurt University Library, Germany, and the Sam Cohen Library, Swakopmund, Namibia.
Furthermore an Africa Section of the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) to search E-Journals is provided.
Since 2016, the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt on the Main has been in charge of the African Studies Information Service. ilissAfrica was continued as the portal for this service.
ilissAfrica was originally established as a Virtual Library by the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt on the Main in cooperation with the GIGA Information Centre: Africa Library in Hamburg. Both institutions were in charge of the DFG Special Collections on sub-Saharan Africa.
The project was financed by the DFG.
ilissAfrica supports the association "European Librarians in African Studies" (ELIAS) as a european network aiming to promote professional exchange and cooperation among its members. The "Africa Section" of the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) was one source for the Wikipedia-article "African Studies Journals".