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Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (1991-2011)


The Library of Congress Office, Nairobi, Kenya, regularly acquires and catalogs publications from the following African countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, the Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, the Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

These activities are supported by appropriations granted to the Library of Congress by the Congress of the United States of America. Publications are acquired from a variety of sources, including commercial publishers, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

From 1991 through 2011, the Nairobi Office published this Quarterly Index under various titles including Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature, Eastern and Southern Africa (1991-2000), Quarterly Index to Africana Periodical Literature (2000-2001) and finally as the Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (2002-2011). On the whole, scholarly journals have been selected. However, considerations other than the scholarly nature of a journal have been taken into account. Journals have also been selected in order to cover subject areas not found in widely-available literature (e.g. prisons), to include organizations which do not frequently circulate their publications (e.g. non-governmental organizations), and in order to represent each of the countries we cover.

The year 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of this indexing project with over 750 journal titles acquired from 29 sub-Saharan African countries indexed in this research tool. Indeed, the index has served as an essential bibliographic resource during a time when few African journals were included in international indexing resources. However, today advances in technology have brought about different avenues by which scholars can access information, including information from African journals. This, in addition to budget limitations, has brought about the decision to close the indexing project.

During the past few years, the index has benefited from the volunteer services of Bassey Irele of Harvard University, Henry Reguindin, Donfer Kokoyo, Marie-Josee Aldridge, and Azenath Ateka. At the end of FY2011, the Quarterly Index to African Periodical Literature (QIAPL) closes with over 51,000 citations to articles. It is available online at Every attempt is being made to have this index incorporated into another, non-profit ongoing index system. Until then, it will remain a static database on this LOC website.

All correspondence regarding the Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature should be addressed to the Nairobi office.

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  March 8, 2012