Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Database Trial - Aluka African Studies Database

Aluka: Digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa http://www.aluka.org/

JSTOR is developing a new library of online resources about Africa and it is available for free through June 2008. The word Aluka comes from a Zulu word meaning “to weave”, which reflects Aluka’s mission to connect resources and scholars from around the world. Aluka is seeking to attract scholarly content from all academic materials and in many formats, and it includes materials ranging from archival documents to periodicals, books, three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories and plant specimens. Currently Aluka is developing content in three areas:

African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes: Visual documentation of World Heritage Sites linked to reports, maps, field notes and other documents.

African Plants: Specimens of African plants with related images and data.

Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa: Documentation of liberation struggles of several countries in southern Africa. (adapted from Aluka website and promotional materials)

Northwestern University: 16th – 20th Century Maps of Africa

A new website from Northwestern features 113 antique maps of Africa and accompanying text. (from website)

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