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Islamic Studies

Finding Books at UD

Need help finding a topic?

The resources listed below might be able to help you find a topic, narrow it down, find general background information (like dates, event names, etc.), or help you develop keywords for searching. Remember! Background research does not support arguments or provide evidence!

Basic Search Tips

  • Place quotation marks around keyword phrases

"trench warfare"
"Iranian Coup"

  • Capitalize Boolean logic connectors (AND, OR).

narrative OR plot
"American Involvement" AND World War I

  • Click either "View all formats and languages" or "View all editions" to view all library holdings for a particular title.
  • Items at UD appear first in the list of search results. Other items can be requested via interlibrary loan.

Advanced Search Tips

  • Type au:, su: or ti: before your keywords to specify author, subject or title words.

su:American Revolution

Open Access Collections: 

Browsing the stacks in Morris Library can be extremely helpful when you are looking for additional sources for your research. Most books related to African history can be found on the 3rd floor of Morris Library and fall under the following Library of Congress classifications

BP1 - BP253 Islam

DS35.3 - DS326 History of Islamic world, Arab and Middle Eastern countries

DT History of Africa

HQ Women's rights

JQ1758 - JQ1852: Political science (Middle East)

KBP Islamic law

PJ Arabic language, linguistics and literature

This is just a sampling of the subjects that you might encounter. Because Islamic Studies is so interdisciplinary, you may need to do a specific subject search in DELCAT Discovery, the library's catalog, to find the call number for the book that you need. Once you find a call number range that looks promising, try browsing the stacks to see if you might find other books that fit your topic.

You can also "browse" the shelves virtually by searching by Call Number through DELCAT.