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A General Guide: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

This guide is a starting point for research in any Middle Eastern Studies course at Cleveland State University. Click the TABS below to navigate to the appropriate section of the guide.

Scholar Online Catalog


Search the library's collection of books, e-books, videos, and more.

Finding books and media in Scholar and beyond

Since research in Middle Eastern Studies covers many topics and many countries, search terms will vary widely.


1. Search as keywords:

middle east  or middle east* (asterisk retrieves east and eastern)

esposito islam (retrieves items by author John Esposito with Islam somewhere in the record)

2. Using the same search string in the Advanced Search Icon button, limit your search to "film, video" in the "Material Type", this retrieves films with middle east or middle eastern somewhere in the record

3. To find it all, search OneSearch to gather all books and articles, and other media in one place.  Try searching for author John Esposito, scholar of Islam and the Middle East. This search will retrieve all items where John Esposito is the author. The results are ordered by items owned by CSU, then items found in OhioLINK central catalog, then items found in the world (WorldCat)!  

Look at the facets along the left hand column to retrieve books, articles or vidoes for which John Esposito is responsible.


OneSearch Tutorial


OneSearch is a dynamic search tool that can be found on the llbrary's home page and on most of the other library web pages. You can find articles in  databases, books, CDs, DVDs, streaming audio and video and more.

eBook Collections