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OCLC FirstSearch / WorldCat [UW restricted]
This interface was developed by OCLC Worldcat, a database of catalog records from most U.S. libraries, many European libraries, Far Eastern libraries and an increasing number of libraries in the rest of the world. UW Worldcat is different from OCLC Worldcat in that some Google searching functionality is added. This functionality makes titles owned by the University of Washington display first on the hit list, followed by holdings from Summit, a consortium of libraries inWashington and Oregon. Books borrowed from Summit libraries usually arrive within three days. Holdings by all other libraries come last and inter-library loan generally takes about ten days.
See the box in the right column to search.
Google has partnered with several large academic libraries to help them digitize, if not all, certainly large portions of their collections, and make the digitizations available and searchable online. Google has also made efforts to work with publishers to put their materials online. Many books have been scanned and are available in full text. Google Books provides the best searching mechanism for finding information withint these books. However, due to unresolved copyright issues, unless a reader is from one of the libraries whose book was scanned, it may be possible to see only a portion of the scan, for example, perhaps 10 pages of the books. As time passes, this issue may be resolved.
The Center for Research Libraries is the equivalent to libraries of the Federal Research bank to banks. The Center acquires materials that are too expensive for a single library to buy, houses little used materials, and collects foreign dissertations. To limit a search to their dissertations, see:
Full text access to books, manuscripts, maps, images, periodicals, sound recordings and scores held at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
A shared digital repository for U.S. universities. It is still in the early stages of construction. For more recent books, it is similar to Google Books. For books in the public domain, including many books and journals in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, are available full text.
DK845-949 History of Central Asia
DR401-741 History of Turkey
DS1-329 History of the Middle East
DS155-154 Asia Minor
DS201-248 Arabian Peninsula
DS327-329 Central Asia
DT History of Africa
DT160-177 North Africa
Individual authors PJ5050-5060
PJ1-10 Periodicals (Periodicals are on 3rd floor, separate from books)
To 622 PJ7695.8
Umayyad period, 660-750 PJ7700
First Abbasid period, 750-846 PJ7701-7741
Second Abbasid period, 846-946 PJ7745
Third Abbasid period, 946-1055 PJ7750
Fourth Abbasid period, 1055-1258 PJ7755
Mamluk (Mameluke) period, 1258-1517 PJ7760
Turkish period, 1517-1800 PJ7765
Modern, 1801-2000 PJ7800-7876
By region or country PJ8000-8517
PK6201-6599 Modern Persian
History and criticism PK6402-6427
Authors to 1870 PK6450.9-6559
Authors 1870-2000 PK6561
Authors 2000- PK6562
PK6971-6979 Tajik language
PL Turkic Languages and Turkish
Kazakh PL76 or PL65.K4
Kyrgyz PL44 or PL65.K5
Uzbek PL56 or PL55.U8
PL101-271 Turkish Language
PL248 Individual authors