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Citation & Writing Help
Historians generally use the Chicago Style format. For information to other citation formats see the Citing Sources guide.
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Additional information on researching history and on writing.
Starting Points: Books & eBooks
See the eBook FAQ for directions to limit your search to ebooks only.
- By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: slavery ottoman empire
- By Title - Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "legend of mar qardagh"
- By Author - Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "migdal joel"
Starting Points: Journal Articles
The following research databases will help you identify articles on the history of the Middle East. Additional research databases are listed under Articles.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text This link opens in a new window
Best database to articles written on modern world history (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe & Latin America from 1450 onward)
Index Islamicus This link opens in a new window
Scholarly journal articles and books covering Islam and all aspects of the Muslim world
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Scholarly journals & books in all disciplines
Starting Points - Primary Sources
This is a small sampling of primary sources dealing with Middle East history. Additional sources are listed under Primary Sources.