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!
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 Islamic 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, 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.