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African Studies

Welcome to the African Studies subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Main Library

Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LJ

Phone: 0131 650 3409
Email: is.helpdesk@ed.ac.uk

Getting to know the Main Library

A scrollable online tour of the Main Library to help you familiarise yourself with the building and its facilities, services and resources.

Finding books, e-books, journals, articles, etc.

 
Use DiscoverEd to search the Library's collections and find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. Use EASE to sign into your account and manage loans, requests and fines. 

Other University of Edinburgh Libraries

There are 10 other site libraries at the University that you can visit and use. 

Internal photo of New College Library

Photo of Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library building

Where are the African Studies books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for African Studies.

  • Books that are on undergraduate reading lists will generally be in the HUB (High Use Book) Collection on the ground floor
  • Most other books are on the 2nd floor
  • There is a specialist Centre of African Studies (CAS) Collection on the 4th floor

The most common shelfmarks for African Studies start with:

DT African History
H H is the classification for all Social Sciences, which will broken down geographically in each area e.g. HQ The Family.
C.A.S. This is the shelfmark for the Centre for African Studies Collection on the 4th floor

But African Studies crosses over with a wide range of other subject areas and disciplines so you may find yourself looking for other shelfmarks that you have identified by using DiscoverEd.

Remember the Library has access to thousands of e-books which you can access via DiscoverEd.

How do I find journals and journal articles?

The Library has access to thousands of e-journals. 

In the Main Library print journals are on the 4th floor with shelfmark range Per..0 - Per..9.

A large number of print journals are held at the Library Annexe.

You can find print and e-journals and access e-journals and e-journal articles through DiscoverEd.

What is the University Collections Facility?

The University Collections Facility (formerly known as the Library Annexe) is the University's off-campus storage facility. Material can be requested and delivered to Main Library or site library for borrowing or you can request scans of single chapters or articles via electronic document delivery.

Help!

Help with all aspects of using the Library, its facilities, services and resources, is available from the Library Helpdesks. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this Subject Guide or on the Library website please do contact them in person, by phone or email.

If you would like help with your literature search or with finding information you can contact us directly.

What do I do if the Library doesn't have what I need?

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Centre for Research Collections

 

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts and the University of Edinburgh archives. The University Archives holds several African Studies related collections, including the papers of John William Arthur, Joseph Booth, William Scott and Helen M. Taylor.

All of these collections can be accessed at the CRC on the 6th floor, Main Library.