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Middle East Studies: Subject Guide: Encyclopedias & More

Search tips and research resources for topics in Middle East studies.

Reference Sources

Use Reference Sources, such as encyclopedias, to get a general overview of your topic. They are not intended to be read cover-to-cover, but rather provide you with more concise information as you begin to explore a topic. Reference sources generally provide several things:

  • Background information about a topic.
  • Brief, factual overviews of topics.
  • Information about important dates, events, and people associated with a topic.
  • Terminology and definitions of terms related to a topic.
  • Articles written by authors with exertise in the subject matter.
  • Bibliographies of sources for further reading.

Types of Sources

Different types of reference sources answer different types of questions.

Listed below are common types of reference sources for research in philosophy and the kind of information contained in each.

Click on the type of source to retrieve a list of titles owned by the Library.

  • Atlas - Maps and geographical information.
  • Dictionary - Definitions of terms, either general or in relation to a specific subject or discipline.
  • Encyclopedia - Comprehensive summaries of factual information, providing more detail than a dictionary.
  • Handbook - Concise explanatory information on a topic.

Search GIL, the Library Catalog to find additional reference sources in the Library.

Featured Atlases

The library owns the following atlases useful for Middle East Studies research. Call numbers preceded with the abbreviation "Ref." are located in the Reference Stacks, located on the 2nd floor of Library North. All other resources are located in the General Stacks.

General Print Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Arab-Israeli Conflict Reference Sources

The following resources on the Arab-Israeli Conflict are located in the Reference Section on the 2nd floor of Library North. Please contact me if you need help finding additional resources for your research.

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