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Modern Middle East

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

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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.

On-Campus Collection

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


  • Stratfor 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 Profiles. 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

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects. 
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff. Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.


Created: Thornhill, 2011. Updated Dr. David Aikman/Thornhill, 2013, 2014. Updated: Thornhill, 2016, 2017, 2019. 

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