There is no common 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...You can also truncate your search. See HELP in The CAT to learn more about this feature.
You can confine your search to materials in a specific language by using the language limiter at the bottom of the keyword search screen.
Use the Material Type option at the bottom of the keyword search screen to limit your search to specific kinds of resources. (For example: Maps, Videos, Audio materials, E-Resources, etc...)
Many names and subject headings in the catalog use versions of Arabic words. 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" as well as the correct Library of Congress Subject heading. When doing a keyword search in The CAT, omit the diacritics in the heading. For example, for the PLO the words to search for the words: MUNAZZAMAT AL-TAHRIR AL-FILASTINIYAH".