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Middle Eastern Studies: Books

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How to Search for Books

Searching for Library Sources

Combined Author/Title option

  • quickest way to find an item if you know the author and title
  • use the Author or Title options only if you know the exact forms

Subject option

  • yields only items catalogued under prescribed subject headings (i.e., Library of Congress headings; see list of possible subject headings below). If you are not familiar with these, use:

Keyword Option (words from the title)

  • usually yields more hits as it searches author, subject headings, titles and series

Subject Keyword is also useful. 

Examples of subject headings:

Note the numerous sub-headings when searching the history of a particular country. Many refer to specific time periods.

  • Islamic Philosophy--history--19th century

  • Politics--Middle East

  • Middle East—social life—customs

Useful Call Numbers

Call numbers for history typically start with D, E or F

  • B740-B753   Islamic Philosophy

  • BP1-BP200  Islam (General)

  • DS36-DS248  History, Arab World

  • ML-3754-3758  Music, Middle East

  • JQ 1758-1852  Politics, Middle East

  • NA 380-388  Architecture, Islamic

  • NA 1465-1599  Architecture, Middle East

  • PJ 6025-8517  Languages and Literature: Arabic

Subject Guide

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