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Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Research Guide

Library Search

Use Library Search to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, including Woodruff; Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Goizueta Business; Pitts Theology; Woodruff Health Sciences Center; McMillan Law; Science Commons; Music and Media; and Oxford libraries.

Searching For Books in Library Search

From Library Search:

  • Type in your keywords
  • When you get some results, use "Refine Search Results" on the left to narrow your search by author, item type, date and more.

Too many search results?

  • Add additional terms to your search
  • Limit your search by item type, exact phrase, and/or author/title/subject using Library Search's drop-down menus
  • Use Library Search's "Limit Your Search" feature (in the left column) 

Too few results?

  • Remove some terms from your search
  • Add synonyms using OR [in upper case] with parentheses - for example (women OR woman OR female)

Off-topic results?

You can access your account to see what items you currently have checked out, when they are due, and to renew them. Click the "My Library Card" button in the upper-right corner of Library Search to log in, or click here.


A catalog for libraries worldwide, WorldCat contains citations for books, journals, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, computer files, newspapers, slides, and videotapes.

Materials from WorldCat may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


Image result for copacSearch over 70 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues

Subject Headings

One way of finding books in DiscoverE is by inputting subject headings related to the topic you are researching. For example, if you are writing a paper on 20th century Arabic poetry, you could enter the following subject phrase in the subject field:
arabic poetry 20th century history and criticism

You will get a number of all the books we have in the library where this phrase is listed in the subject heading of the book record. If you want to look at English lanuage items, just filter out the language of choice from the column on the left.

For an in-depth list of interest to your topic, contact your subject librarian.

Language Resources

If you are searching for Arabic or Persian language materials in the library catalogues or WorldCat, you will need to know how to romanize. Here is the link for a widely used transliteration system in the US and other libraries in the world.

Arabic Romanization Table

Persian Romanization Table