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HIST 302W: Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Modern Middle East

Tips for searching the CAT:

Finding Books in the Library

Browsing the shelves is one way to discover what the library has.  Books on Middle Eastern History can be found starting with the Call Number DS35 located on the Pattee Stacks Level 1.  Arrangement is largely by country.

Searching for Books

A few tips for searching library databases

  • There is no universal method of translating Arabic words and names into English. When searching an online database use all known variants of the term.  For example: Gaddafi or Qaddafi or Gadafy or Gadaffi or Qadhdhafi, etc...  
  • Many names and subject headings in the catalog use versions of words in the original language. For example the subject heading for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is "Muna·z·zamat al-Ta·hr¯ir al-Filas·t¯in¯iyah".  To get the broadest results you will want to search both the common English term "Palestine Liberation Organization" and the standardized subject heading.  Review the records to discover the preferred Library of Congress Subject heading.  

Finding Books not at Penn State

If you know the item you want, and Penn State does not own it, use Interlibrary Loan!

You can request the items directly within these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service