Middle Eastern Studies Research Guide

Online Resources

Search successfully for materials in Arabic and Persian in the UT Libraries Catalog and scoUT with he American Library Association/Library of Congress rules for romanization:

Databases and indexes valuable to Middle Eastern Studies researchers include:

Licensed ejournals (such as the JSTOR ) are linked from citations in your database search results .  To check for a particular title, try the A-Z journal list or the library catalog.

ebooks from a variety of sources are also available by searching the library catalog, or scoUT or by particular platform (such as ebrary, EBL, see  Book and Text Collections for details by platform) 

The PCL Map Collection includes maps of the Middle East and Africa

Primary Sources: the Libraries' collection includes 160 Arabic manuscripts from Yemen on microfilm, filmed by the scholar Robert W. Stookey in 1973.There is a searchable index to the collection is available.

Use OCLCWorldCat to search holdings of research libraries worldwide and obtain details needed to request items or content not available at UT: online interlibrary loan request form

Dissertations are linked from the Library Catalog and available in the UT Digital Repository with print versions shelved in 5J-K in PCL.   Any dissertations and theses that are not available locally can be requested throughInterlibrary Loan. In addition,  Dissertations and Theses Fulltextfrom1997 to present are available as PDFs where author permits from ProQuest.

Google Scholar:  finds articles, pre-prints and post-prints of articles, reports and other “grey” literature, and materials in institutional repositories. Access Google Scholar from the Library web site (which authenticates via EID) to ensure there are active links from your search results to UT licensed electronic journals.  More information on Google Scholar.

Citation rankings tools include: JCR Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science as well as Google Scholar, which maintains a list of the top 100 journals ranked by h5-index and h5-median (more information on Google Scholar rankings and  metrics).

Questions? Contact Susan Macicak.

Video and Sound Recordings

Browsable lists of:

How to find Middle Eastern music in the library catalog:

  • Go to "music search" from the library catalog
  • Type a keyword in the search box
    • Use truncation to get a larger result (for example, "arab?" will pick up "arab," "arabesque," "arabian," "arabic," and "arabs")
  • If you don't wish to find musical scores, be sure to uncheck "score"
  • Under "material type," click on "CDs" or any other format you wish to find
  • Under "language," select one or more Middle Eastern languages
  • Limit by year if you like
  • Click on "Go" and your list will display in the window.

Music Search Example

Subject Specialist

Dale Correa
Dale J. Correa, PhD
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
PCL 3.322
(512) 495-4223

Related Research Guides

Research Guides from other Libraries

Middle East & Islamic Studies at Columbia University Libraries  -- see also Research Guides by Topic and Country

Middle Eastern, Armenian, and Central Asian Studies at UCLA Library

Middle East and Islamic Studies at Duke University Libraries

Near Eastern Studies LibGuide at University of Michigan

Local Course Guides from previous semesters

Course guide: Arab Spring, 2011 (created for the use of UT debate team students, fall 2011)

Arab Spring 2011

(created by Christof Galli of Duke University)

Periodicals and Magazines

Currently received periodicals in Middle Eastern languages at UT: