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Near Eastern Studies Library Resources   Tags: international_studies, middle_eastern_near_eastern_and_north_african_studies, subject:menas course:520 section:001 instructor:rodgers year:2013 term:fall  

A guide to print and digital resources for the study of the Near East from all time periods in native and western languages, including indexes, full text journal articles, electronic books, and other internet resources
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Online Reference Works

  • A Chronology of Nineteenth Century Periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900): A Research Tool
  • ALA Guide to Reference: The Middle East
  • Arabic Almanac
    View, Browse, and Search Hans Wehr's Dictionary, Lane's Lexicon and Supplement, and Hava's Dictionary
  • Bilingual Dictionaries : Oxford Reference Online
    French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Irish
  • Brockelmann Online
    Brockelmann Online consists of both original volumes Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL) by Carl Brockelmann (1868-1956), as well as the three supplement volumes, including the indexes. It is full-text searchable, making it much easier to consult for researchers and students. The "Brockelmann" has become an indispensable research tool for anyone working on the Islamic world in general and the Middle East in particular.

    Brockelmann's Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. The multi-volume reference work is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author's works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature. UM Access only
  • Digital National Security Archive
    The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 33 collections consisting of over 80,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 500,000 total pages. The collection include: Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980 (Iran Revolution); Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994; Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002; Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002; The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009; among many others)
  • Encyclopaedia Iranica
    The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. The academic reference work will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the whole range of Iranian studies research from archeology to political sciences.
    Print version: Hatcher Graduate - Reference Rm. - 2nd floor N | DS 253 .E56
  • Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online
    Encyclopaedic dictionary of Qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis.
    UM Access only
  • Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics
    The EALL Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches to be as objective and versatile as possible. The online edition contains all content of the print edition and new content will be added on a regular basis as of 2010. New articles will be elaborations or updates of themes already discussed in the EALL, or will be new entries that are relevant to the field. The editorship of the dynamic online edition will be in the hands of two new general editors and a largely renewed editorial board. UM Access only
  • Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics
    A systematic and comprehensive treatment of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present
    UM Access only
  • Encyclopædia of Islam Online (Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed.)
    The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia of Islam contains the entire text of volumes I to XI and Supplement (Volume XII) of the monumental,printed edition. Additional search facilities, enhanced by the inclusion of two original indices (Index of Proper Names, Index of Subjects) and the Supplement enable the user to efficiently search and combine data from a vast corpus of over 12,000 printed pages. The Encyclopaedia also permits searching in both English and Arabic transcription.
    Second edition began in 1954, THREE in 2007. This page also provides access to: Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures
    UM Access only
  • Glossarium Græco-Arabicum: A lexicon of the mediæval Arabic translations from the Greek
    The Database Glossarium Græco-Arabicum makes available the files of a lexical project, intended to open up the lexicon of the mediæval Arabic translations from the Greek. It contains images of the filecards (ca. 80,000) which have not yet been published in the analytical reference dictionary A Greek and Arabic Lexicon (Leiden: Brill, 1992ff.), and comprises Arabic roots from the letter jîm to the end of the Arabic alphabet. The database provides search facilities for Greek words, Arabic words and roots, as well as the authors and titles of the source texts.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
    The encyclopedia covers a wide range of topics including anthropology, archaeology, area and international studies, demography, economics, education, environmental sciences, ethics, evolutionary sciences, gender studies, genetics, geography, health, history, law, lingustics, mathematics and computer sciences, media studies, organizational and management studies, philosophy, political science, psychology and psychiatry, public policy, religious studies, science and technology, sociology, statistics, and urban planning. Coverage of the Middle East and Linguistics is very good, for example, in Area Studies and Language. Articles are written by well-know scholars.
    UM Access only
  • Introduction to Brockelmann' GAL by Jan Just Witkam
    Access restricted to UM subscribers.
  • Islamic Philosophy Online
    This site contains hundreds of full-length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts in the canon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Brings together current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. This fully integrated resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and will be regularly updated. It includes, among other titles, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Qur’anic studies resources, A Concordance of the Qur’an by Hanna Kassis, etc.
  • Qurʾān Concordance Online Compiled by: Thomas Milo
    The Qur'an Concordance is a unique finding aid which allows users to identify and localize text fragments, or even snippets, of the Qur'an.
    UM Access only
  • World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents & Resources (Hein Online)
    * World Constitutions (including historic versions)
    * Books
    * Periodicals
    * Other Works
    * Additional Resources

Scholarly Databases

  • ATLA Religion Database (EBSCO)
    ATLA Religion & Serials Database, a comprehensive index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religious studies, with links to online versions of a core collection of over 50 scholarly journals of religious studies.
    Time-span: 1949-
    UM Access only
  • British Library EThOS Electronic Theses Online Service
    Access to ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education.
  • Dissertation Reviews
    Founded in 2010, Dissertation Reviews is a new site that features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our goal is to offer readers a glimpse of each discipline’s immediate present by focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication. Areas include East Asia South & Southeast Asia, Islamic Studies, Russian Studies, Inner Asia, Chinese History and Literature, etc.
  • Electronic Journals covering Near Eastern Studies
    All of the journals listed here have also been cataloged in the MIRLYN, the UM Library Catalog. Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to many of these journals is limited to students, staff, and faculty of the University of Michigan.
  • FRANCIS (International Humanities and Social Studies)
    Formerly: Bulletin signaletique
    Type: Article Index
    Description: Provides indexing and abstracts of books and articles from over 4,200 European-language journals in the humanities and social sciences--especially religion, history of art, literature, philosophy, and economics.
    Time-span: 1984 -
    Publisher: Research Libraries Group (RLG)
    Creator: Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INIST-CNRS)
    UM Access only
  • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature)
    IBZ is a multilingual bibliography that indexes over 8,700 periodicals primarily in the arts, humanities and social sciences. To access, select "Go to Databases," then "Bibliographies," then IBZ. Time-span: 1983- (updated monthly)
    UM Access only
  • Index Islamicus (Ebsco)
    Indexes materials on Islam, the Middle East, and the entire Muslim world from periodicals, monographs, and other collections in European languages. Includes coverage arts & humanities, history and social sciences topics.
    Time-span: 1906- present
    UM Access only
    Provides full-text access to the archives of core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Dates of coverage vary by journal title (all are from first issue to most recent 3-5 years). UM Library users have access to Arts & Sciences I through IX, among others.
    UM Access only
  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies (EBSCOhost)
    Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies, produced by NISC, is a systematic and non-evaluative bibliographic index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa . This database contains more than 413,530 records and coverage spans from 1900 and earlier to present.
    UM Access only
  • NDLTD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
    An international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. Our website includes resources for university administrators, librarians, faculty, students, and the general public. Topics include how to find, create, and preserve ETDs; how to set up an ETD program; legal and technical questions; and the latest news and research in the ETD community.
  • OpenThesis
    A free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools. We hope that you will take a moment to upload your theses, dissertations and other publications -- and ask your colleagues to do the same. The more comprehensive our database is, the more useful it is to everyone!
  • PAIS International: Public Affairs Information Service
    Contains references to nearly 2 million journal articles and other resources on public affairs and public policy worldwide.
  • Periodicals Index Online
    Previously called Periodicals Contents Index Fulltext (PCI, PCIFT).
    An index to over 20 million articles in more than 7,000 arts, humanities and social science journals, from their first issues through 2000. Includes full text of articles for 633 of the journals covered. Covers many older journals not indexed electronically anywhere else. Dates of coverage: 1665 - 2000.
  • Philosopher's Index (CSA)
    The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. Publisher: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)
    Creator: Philosopher's Information Center
    Search Hints: ISBNs must be searched as they appear in the record (with or without hyphens).
    Subject searches include titles and abstracts in the search.
    UM Access only
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    Indexing & authors' abstracts for 90% of doctoral dissertations and some masters theses accepted each year in North America, plus thousands more from around the world. Includes free full-text (in PDF) to all U-M and CIC/Big Ten Universities' dissertations since 1997. Time-span: 1861-
  • ProQuest Research Library (ProQuest)
    Indexes over 2,300 journals and magazines covering all fields and topics, academic and popular, beginning as early as 1971.
    Coverage: Varies by title.
    Time-span: 1971 -
    UM Access only
  • Public Affairs Index
    Bibliographic database covering all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues.
  • The Online Bibliography of Ottoman-Turkish Literature
    Free and extensive database of references to theses, books, articles, papers and projects relating to research into Ottoman-Turkish culture.
  • Web of Science (ISI)
    Combines three citation indexes--Arts & Humanities, Science Expanded, and Social Sciences--which permit searching for articles that cite a known author or work, as well as searching by subject, author, journal, and author address. Covers 8,400+ journals.
    Time-span: 1945 - (1956 - for Social Sciences; 1975 - for Arts & Humanities)
    UM Access only

Scholarly Networks

  • COS Scholar Universe
    COS Scholar Universe (Access from Humanities Search subject areas)
    This database provides authoritative information about more than 1 million scholars and organizations around the world, together with verified affiliation and publication information. The database comprises international faculty at 4-year universities and their departments.


  • Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs of Islamic Monuments
    The Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs contains 200 black and white prints, 481 black and white negatives, and two black and white contact sheets of Islamic monuments in Algeria, Cairo, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, and Spain. The Morocco series in the largest in the collection covering four cities. Photographs from Cairo span the years 1965-1968. All other photographs span the years 1970-1979. A selection of photographs have been digitized and are available for your viewing pleasure.
  • Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library
    (Yale and University of London School of Oriental and African Studies)
    AMEEL is a Web-based portal and a digital collection of information for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face, including gazettes, manuscripts and finding aids, journals, reference works.
  • British Library's EThOS (Electronic Theses Online)
    (Includes 400 doctoral theses focusing on the Middle East, Islamic studies and related subjects which can now be downloaded for free by scholars worldwide)
  • Guides to MEMP Collections
  • MENALIB (Middle East Virtual Library)
    The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

    The technical basis for this Virtual Library is created by the State- and University Library Saxony-Anhalt in Halle (Germany). However, the Middle East Virtual Library integrates the efforts of many institutions and individuals in order to provide information as comprehensive as possible.
  • Middle East Microform Project (MEMP)
    The purpose of the Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) is to cooperatively acquire or produce microform and digital copies of unique, scarce, rare and unusually bulky and expensive research material pertaining to the field of Middle Eastern studies; and to preserve deteriorating printed and manuscript materials of scholarly value. The geographic coverage of MEMP includes materials from or on the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and other related areas not covered in other cooperative microform projects.
    The MEMP collections are part of Center for Research Libraries collections. Free access to MEMP and CRL on line catalogs.
  • OCLC Online Union Catalog (OLUC), WorldCat
    Over 62 million records describing books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, musical scores, archival materials, maps, electronic resources, and much more, in over 400 different languages. Shows what materials are held by over 57,000 libraries worldwide (including most libraries in North America, and the national libraries of Australia and many Western European countries). Incorporates all records from the Research Libraries Group (RLG) Union Catalog (RLIN).
    Coverage: Current cumulative file. (Describes library-held materials dated from prehistory to the present.)
  • Orientalist Photography
    (The collection includes late nineteenth century and early twentieth century architecture in Arab cityscapes and natural landscapes. The photos bear witness to the scars left by the Ottoman empire , French and English. The collection includes postcards and albumen photographs. The majority of the albumen photos where taken by professional photographers, including the Zangaki brothers, Pascal Sabah and Lehnert & Landrock.
  • Union catalogue of Egyptian university libraries. Catalogue collectif des bibliothèques universitaires égyptiennes

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