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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.


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 Orbis or WorldCat for materials in Arabic and Persian 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: 

  • Index Islamicus -- Indexes materials on Islam, the Middle East, and the entire Muslim world from periodicals, monographs, book chapters, and other collections in Western languages. Includes coverage of arts and humanities, history, and social sciences (including religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries, and Muslim minorities in predominantly non-Muslim countries).
  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MECAS) -- Indexes research, policy, and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Over 12,000 records of recently published & "grey" literature are added annually.
  • Brill Online Reference Works, including the first, second and third editions of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, Brockelmann Online (in German), Brockelmann in English, Encyclopaedia Islamica, and other important references.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online includes an online concordance to the Quran, side-by-side comparisons of Quranic translations, and online primary sources on a variety of topics related to Islamic studies.
  • Encyclopedia Iranica -- The most extensive compendium ever conceived on the past and present culture of the people who speak an Iranian language and their contribution to the broader history of human civilization. It is the only precise and reliable reference work on the lands, life, culture and history of all Iranian peoples and their interaction with other societies.
  • AMEEL -- Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library, containing 250,000 pages of full text, indexed and searchable in the language of publication including Arabic and Western scripts. Includes scholarly journals and gazettes in Arabic, al-Fīrūzābādī's dictionary al-Qāmūs al-muḥīṭ, and a selection of important manuscript catalogs.
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials PLUS (EBSCO) -- Produced by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). Coverage from 1881 to the present. Includes more than 450 full-text titles in many diverse areas of religion and theology, including Islamic and Eastern Christian studies, with content in 16 languages (including Turkish) from more than 30 different countries.

Librarian for Middle East Studies

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