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The following provides a list of resources to assist with research for POSC 277 International Politics of the Middle East, or for political research pertaining to the Middle East generally.

Some resources are restricted to people currently affiliated with Dickinson.

Because your research may cross over many academic disciplines (such as Political Science, History, or Economics) students are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for help with specific topics.

Liaison Librarian: Anna Kozlowska, 717-245-1849


General Collection

Full length books on subjects relating to Political Science may be found in the Waidner-Spahr Library Catalog. However, because Political Science can encompass such a wide range of topics, try combining specific terms related to your topic rather than just searching for Political Science.

Examples: Middle East Peace Process / Proliferation AND Iran

Reference Sources

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion Available Online.

Religion and Politics : a Reference Handbook REF BL65 .P7 S76 2002

Encyclopaedia Judaica Available Online.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an Available Online.

Encyclopedia of Religion in America Available Online.

Middle East Conflict Reference Library Available Online.

Political Handbook of the Middle East 2006 REF JQ1758 .A58 P65 2006.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa REF DS43 .E53 2004 v.1-v.4.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online Online resource.

Political Handbook of the World Available Online.


Politics and Policy

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts  
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.
PAIS International  
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries. The coverage ranges from 1972 to present, with some full-text.
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)  
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries. The coverage ranges from 1972 to present, with some full-text.
CQ Press Electronic Library 
Searches across all of the CQ Press electronic resources, including CQ Research, CQ Weekly, and the CQ Press electronic editions of reference books.


Index Islamicus  
Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Coverage Range: 1906 to present
RAMBI: Index of Articles on Jewish Studies  
A bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages - mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. To search, click "Rambi Web". Coverage Range: Approximately 1966 - present. Citations Only. 'Click on "English" in the upper right corner to view the page in English.
ATLA Religion (American Theological Library Association)  
Covers articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion. Covers all religious traditions, with the strongest coverage in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Coverage Range: 1949 to present. Full-Text.


Historical Abstracts  
This database covers all aspects of world history, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present, with articles in the database published between 1964 to present.
America: History and Life  
History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1964 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.

Social Sciences/General

Social Science Citation Index Expanded  
A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature and conference proceedings of the social sciences. Also has the capacity to conduct a cited reference search and create a citations map. Covers publications 1965 to present . Gives access to citations only, not full text.
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Project Muse  
A multi-disciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly journals in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues.

News Sources

World News Connection Access to translated news from all over the world, with coverage range from 1994 to present. An important resource for those who do not know the foreign language yet needs a different perspective other than US. Full-text. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

Public Opinion

Polling the Nations Provides access to over 14,000 surveys conducted in the United States, as well as countries around the world. It includes surveys from a variety of pollsters and detailed information on the questions. The surveys are from 1986 to present, and are available in full-text.


Middle East Research and Information Project

CyberOrient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East

The Middle East Channel of Foreign Policy

Saban Center for Middle East Policy A division of the Brookings Institution.

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

Internet Resources for the Middle East and North Africa From the Library of Congress

Borrowing from Other Libraries

To find books that Dickinson does not own, or that are checked from our library, use PALCI EZ Borrow. You will receive an email after your requested books arrives and pick it up on the shelves next to the circulation desk in the library.

To request journal articles that the library does not have, use ILLiad. First time users will need to create an account. Your requested item will usually be sent to you as an email attachment.

Citing Your Sources

See also Citing Sources.

Chicago Manual of Style

You are required to format your citations for this course according to the Chicago Manual of Style. The Chicago Manual of Style Online offers many resources, including the very helpful Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide.


Another tool which you may find useful to help keep track of and format your citations is RefWorks. To use this resource, simply create an account to import citations, keep track of them, and format bibliographies. Please consult your liaison librarian for assistance.


Diigo is a web-based book marking tool. Please visit the course diigo group.