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HIST 4300-002 (Spring 2020)
Coexistence & Conflict in the Middle East Professor Sabri Ates
Whenever you are searching for information ask yourself:
am I looking for?
Background information, general overview, very specific or specialized information/analysis
should I look for this information?
Search engine looking at open web, library catalog, general database, specialized database
Should I use the Simple/Basic search or the Advanced search option?
am I searching?
Natural language search using key words, or subject term search,or Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT)
is responsible for this information?
Who created this information? Who published it? Who is hosting it online?
Gathering Background Information
As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.
(You can also look at the bibliographies of class readings, and search for those items if they sound relevent)
If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in
Reference resources allow you to:
Gain familiarity with the topic
Identify more specific aspects of the topic on which to focus
Provide context and identify differing perspectives
Identify experts related to the topic
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Encyclopedias and specialized reference resources in: Arts, Biography, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural.
Reference Universe includes index terms and article titles to both electronic and print reference works.
BrillOnline Reference Works
A collection of reference works such as: Historical Atlas of Islam, The Making of Modern Law, etc.
(look for the green lock, we have access to those materials)
Are you doing an interdisciplinary topic? You may want to look at additional guides on the topics of: Religious studies, political science, human rights etc.