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Near East Collection, Yale University Library: Getting Started with Research

Research guide for Islamic and Middle East Studies, and Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages and literatures.


Where to begin? Try these basic histories.


Welcome to the Near East Collection Guide. In this guide, you'll find: 

  • Important databases for finding articles, books, and more.
  • A guide to archival resources supporting Near & Middle East studies at Yale.
  • A guide to visual resources supporting Near & Middle East studies at Yale.
  • Links to additional resources for social sciences and the humanities related to Near & Middle East studies at Yale.

Major Resources

Search in Quicksearch, Orbis, or WorldCat for materials in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish by using the American Library Association/Library of Congress rules for transliteration:

The principal databases useful to researchers in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies are: 

Librarian for Middle East Studies

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Robin Dougherty
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Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06520
tel.: 203-432-1373

Additional relevant subject guides

Yale subject librarians have prepared many other guides potentially of value to researchers in topics relating to the Middle East and Islam, including: