Skip to main content

Middle East & Islamic Studies

Finding Books

Search QCAT to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 
Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Think of the words that best describe your topic and then connect them with the boolean operators AND OR NOT. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 

To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic

(economy or economics) and Yemen

Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.

Israel--Social conditions--20th century
Mass media and women--Middle East

Click on the subject heading to do a new search or use words from the subject heading to modify your keyword search.

Examples of subject headings relating to Middle Eastern Studies:

Arab-Israeli conflict
Iran--Economic conditions
Israel and the diaspora
Jerusalem--Politics and government
Jewish-Arab relations
Middle East--Geography
Persian Gulf War, 1991

Cambridge Histories Online allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series which you can search or browse by topic. These titles are relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.