Modern Middle East

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

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks and print books and to journal articles. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  

Studies in the modern Middle East may include other research projects in a variety of courses on the Middle East and may also include related experience trips to the Middle East, such as Passages or the Strategic Intelligence trip to Israel. If you are preparing for the Israeli experience, you may want to check the Library's reserve books for any books and maps that have been chosen for your preparations. 

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

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:

Selected Journals

Locate online access to these journals through the library's Periodical Listing.
  • The Economist (In print and online, 2001 to Present)

  • Current history: a journal of world affairs (In print, 2001-Present, Online 1988 to 2010)


  • 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 collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.


Created: Dr. David Aikman/Thornhill, 2011.  Last update:  Habeck/Thornhill, 2023.

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