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HY 365: History of Islamic Civilization from 1453: Finding Books

SOUTHcat

To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("islamic countries")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (islam? finds islam, islamic, islamism )
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for islamic, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term could be "islamic countries--politics and government." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

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WorldCat Search

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If you cannot find what you are looking for in SOUTHcat, try looking in WorldCat. It will allow you to search the catalogs of many other libraries around the world. If you find something you like, let a librarian know, and we may be able to get the item for you through Interlibrary Loan.

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each database, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a keyword search on SOUTHcat, since this is automatically added if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. Use Advanced Boolean Search for combinations of concepts and phrases.

islam? history
islam? doctrine?
islam? "united states"
arab? history
"mughal empire"
"ottoman empire"
iran "foreign relations"
"genghis khan"
"islamic countries"
arab? "middle east"
"saudi arabia" "politics and government"
iran? clergy
"islamic civilization"
women "islamic countr?"
mongol?
islam religion
muslim? biography
islam? politic? turkey
"islamic empire" "social condition?"
arabia "social life and customs"
"country profile?" iraq
sharia?
bukhara or bukhoro
religious fundamentalism?
islam? "21st century"
muslim? "social condition?"
"united states" "ethnic relation?"
"islamic countries" "foreign relations" "united states"