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African Studies: Books & eBooks

A gateway to research on Africa.

Selected Faculty eBooks

book cover: The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia
book cover: Beneath the Surface: A Transnational History of Skin Lighteners
Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa
book cover: The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics
book cover: Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism and Transnationalism
book cover: Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique
book cover: Monrovia Modern: Urban Form and Political Imagination in Liberia
book cover: Ghana's Concert Party Theatre
book cover: Africa After Gender?
book cover: The Last “Darky”: Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora
book cover: Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science
book cover: Music from Behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago
book cover: Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context
book cover: Starring Mandela and Cosby : Media and the End(s) of Apartheid
book cover: The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector
book cover: Saltwater Slavery : A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora
book cover: Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries
book cover: Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya

Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books


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Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: aids south africa history
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "monrovia modern"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "crane johanna"

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan