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Modern Middle East

Welcome to the Research Guide for your course in the modern Middle East.

Library Home

The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.
The research paper will focus on a particular event or phenomenon for which library research assistance may prove invaluable. Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

In the on-campus library

Many of the required readings and textbooks are on reserve and are available for 2 hour check out, in-library use only, at the library circulations desk. Additional suggested resources:

  • Oxford dictionary of the modern Islamic world, vols. 1-4, at Ref DS 35.53 .O95 1995.

  • The Arab Mind, by Raphael Patai, at DS 36.77 .P37 2007.

  • Middle East Patterns, 4th edition, by Colbert C. Held, at DS 44 .H418 2006.

  • From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman, at DS 119.7 .F 736 1990.

  • Hezbollah: born with a vengeance by Hala Jaber, at DS 119.7 .J224 1997.

  • History of the Middle East - DS 62.4 .M36 2004.

  • Oxford History of the Middle Islam - BP 50 .O95 1999. 

Selected Journals

Databases

  • Statfor is a news analysis provider that covers political, economic, and military developments from around the world, including breaking news.

  • For specific and current information by country, check out the CIA's World Factbook and the BBC's Country Profile's. Additionally, the BBC offers breaking news stories from the Middle East.

  • The JSTOR collection contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent 3 - 5 years for each title are not included in the collection.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier provide access to thousands of current general and subject specific scholarly journal articles.

  • LexisNexis provides access to wide range of news (full-text newspapers) business, government, legal and reference information.

Internet Resources

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.

  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

  • If you are not able to find what you need in the on-campus or online collection, you may request an item through Interlibrary loan.

  • Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website.

 

Created: Thornhill, 2011. Updated Dr. David Aikman/Thornhill, 2013, 2014. Reviewed: Thornhill, 2016. 

 

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