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 Welcome to the Arab and Islamic Studies LibGuide

   Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

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Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more.  Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Expand your search with these recommended databases

  • Christian Muslim Relations provides a bibliographic history of the two faiths. It comprises thousands of comprehensive entries on individual works and their authors, together with introductory essays to the periods and areas covered.

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject (e.g. 'Arab & Islamic Studies', 'Middle Eastern Studies' or 'Politics and International Relations') or type (e.g.Journals, News, Archives etc.) or search to find your required resource.

EBSCO resources: This help site can support you with EBSCO journal databases, including:

- ATLA Religion Database

- Index Islamicus

Web of Science:  Use the Web of Science LibGuide for comprehensive support and training

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A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic by Hans Wehr.

You can search both the Arabic and the English, downloadable for offline use.

Arabic Dictionary

Arabic / Quarnic lexica [gawāmēs arabēyyah] and other dictionaries.

 

There are a number of valuable websites and resources that can access freely online, including Arab and Islamic art, images, manuscripts and newspapers. For more information and links to key sites, visit the Free Online Resources page.

 

  • News sources can be invaluable research resources. 
  • They provide contemporaneous accounts of events as they emerge and unfold, affording a snapshot of developments at a point in time.
  • You can engage in historical research by tracing commentary on issues over time, to identify and track changing political, economic and social trends. 
  • The availability of news resources online allows for very effective and comprehensive searching, in a way that was impossible with print or microfilm / microfiche editions of the newspapers 

Find out more on the News LibGuide 

Primary sources are documents which were created during particular historical periods, as opposed to secondary sources, which are written at a later date about particular historical periods.

Examples of primary sources are:

  • Government publications,
  • newspapers,
  • photographs,
  • original art work
  • diaries,
  • interviews,
  • memoirs,
  • letters,
  • manuscripts,
  • business records,
  • court cases,
  • census data,
  • speeches.

Find out more on the Primary Sources LibGuide

  • Official publications are documents and other resources produced by Parliament and Government during the course of parliamentary and government business.
  • Content ranges from statements of law and policy to government reports and statistics.  
  • These publications can be a very valuable primary research source as they address all aspects of governmental work such as science, education, law, agriculture, transport, health etc.
  • Our guide also offers access to EU and International publications.

Find out more in the Official Publications LibGuide.

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Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 

 

As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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