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This subject covers: the study the people, cultures, religion, etc. of: Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Article Databases and Indexes

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This is a regularly updated Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers and Other Periodicals in Middle East & Islamic Studies. See also theregularly updated list of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies:

This is a regularly updated list of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies. See also the regularly updated Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers and Other Periodicals in Middle East & Islamic Studies:

includes 4,921 Subject Entries -1,631 biographies 336 Chaptered Works; 404 Primary Sources and 401 Images & Maps More about this work at
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includes: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World The Islamic World: Past and Present The Oxford Dictionary of Islam The Oxford History of Islam What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam Teaching Islam
Makers of Contemporary Islam
Two Oxford World's Classics versions of the Qur'an:
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem's The Qur'an, a prose translation, and
The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
plus Hanna Kassis' Concordance of the Qur'an

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

Index Islamicus indexes worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Periodicals devoted solely to the fields of Islam are indexed completely. Other journals are indexed only for articles on Islamic subjects.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies - is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Articles are in English in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, and are based scientific research, or contain important information for such research. Coverage is from 1966 to the present.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Offers balanced coverage on a wide-range of topics including social sciences, humanities, education, science and technology. Comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles "” of which 2,100 are peer-reviewed "” in all disciplines with more than 20 years of backfile coverage.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

An online resource of news from around the world, obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports. NOTE: This resource has been discontinued and is now an archive of world news between 1995 and 2013.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Animated map of the expansion and contraction of empires in the Middle East from 3000 BCE - 2006.

The University of Texas at Austin hosts this well-organized directory of maps (worldwide coverage) directly viewable on the web as .jpeg files. Most are reference maps produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and therefore carry no copyright. Privately produced maps are made available via links. Note that many of the images are too large to be printed on letter-sized paper.

The mission of the UC Atlas of Inequality is to provide online teaching resources and tools to enable student exploration of global change. Aspects of 21st Century global integration and inequality present great challenges to university teaching. The UC Atlas of Global Inequality attempts to address these challenges using the Internet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and new graphical capabilities of digital media to enhance learning in Geography, Sociology, Economics, Health, Technology and Environmental Studies. The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality.

Biographical Sources

Illuminates the lives of the most influential and controversial figures in the Middle East and North Africa who came to prominence during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Includes profiles of contemporary leaders who belong to various political, ethnic, and religious groups, as well as notable individuals associated with business, law, science, social issues, sports, entertainment, literature, and the fine and performing arts.

Country Studies

Issued by the US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, these electronically accessible publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states and other territories. The Background Notes are updated and/or revised as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus and are added to the database of this Department of State website.

Paper copies of earlier editions are available in the Government Publications Library in Wilson.

Provides a standard set of facts for all countries of the world.

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.



Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

This online resource is an updated edition of this lauded work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists. This is the online version; (a 2007 print version is also available, located in Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS102.8 .E496 2007)

The Encyclopaedia of Islam Online covers Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, bringing scholars and researchers access to over 13,000 articles (number or articles in volumes I-XI, excluding supplements on every aspect of Islam. The online edition offers access to Volumes I-XI of the English edition, plus the Index of Subjects to Volumes I-XI, Index of Proper Names to volumes I-X, and supplements. New data will be added to the online edition as they become available in the print edition.

The Encyclopedia provides reference literature on the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. It is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.

General Reference Works

Netlibrary E-Book edited by Camron Michael Amin, Benjamin C. Fortna, and Elizabeth Frierson. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Internet Resources


Ottoman History Podcast began in March of 2011 as an experiment aimed at finding an alternative form of academic production that explores new and more accessible media and allows for a collaborative approach. Our recorded interviews and lectures, while still largely academic in tone, provide serious and constructive academic discussion in an accessible and almost human format that is easy on the brain and eyes.

Electronic Texts

Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is an open access digital library of public domain Arabic language content. ACO is growing and seeks to provide digital access to printed books drawn from rich Arabic collections of prominent libraries. It includes literature, business, science, and more.

A wide range of Arabic content ranging from contemporary novels to national heritage scientific treatises. If you are having trouble with the Arabic font, visit the company's help page to find how to install the font on your computer.

University of Southern California [Muslim Student Association?]

Gateways & Megasites

"MidEast Web was started by people active in Middle East dialog and peace education efforts. Our goal is to weave a world-wide web of Arabs, Jews and others who want to build a new Middle East based on coexistence and neighborly relations. Our members and staff include distinguished educators, engineers, Web designers and other professionals experienced in dialog, peace education projects and in promoting dialog and coexistence using the Internet."

This guide was created to serve the needs of scholars, students, and interested individuals in finding and using internet resources dealing with the Middle East.

An information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies, providing access to online information and to records of printed and other non-web media sources.

Open Access Resources

Jadaliyya is an independent Ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), a network of writers associated with the Arab Studies Journal (

Primary Source Materials

Government Documents

English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world covering subjects related to the Middle East and North Africa.

Historical Documents

You can get these materials via Interlibrary Loan

Arabic manuscripts
Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library
Arabic manuscripts in the library of the S.O.A.S., University of London
books. The Middle East from the rise of Islam.
British intelligence and policy on Persia (Iran), c. 1900-1949 : India Office political and secret files and confidential print
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. Palestine and Israel : internal affairs, 1945-1949
Confidential U.S. State Dept. central files: Palestine and Israel: internal affairs, 1950-1954.
Creation of modern Iraq: India office political and secret files, c. 1914-1921
Early Western books, 1500-1599 : the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean.
General correspondence before 1906, Turkey, 1780-1905
General correspondence, political. Persia.
Great Britain. PRO. C.O. 821/1-15. Palestine : miscellanea.
Iran, the making of U.S. policy, 1977-1980
Islam-fiche : readings from Islamic primary sources
Newspapers and News Resources U.S. Department of State records. Saudi Arabia
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Jordan, 1930-1944
The Middle East: 1946-1976.
The Middle East: 1950-1961 supplement.
The Middle East: Special Studies 1970-1980.
U.S. Department of State records. Egypt
U.S. Department of State records. Iran
U.S. Department of State records. Iraq
U.S. Department of State records. Lebanon
U.S. Department of State records. Syria
U.S. Department of State records. Turkey

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

UNDP Arab Human Development reports for the years 2002-2005 and 2009 can be downloaded in their entirety in pdf format from this page.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started.

Style Manuals

The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. The Libraries have access to 16th and 17th editions.

Writing Guides

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Quick writing help from the Center for Writing. Info about references & citations, the writing process, style & grammar, punctuation, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

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