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Arab & Middle Eastern Studies

Library Catalogs

As the complete holdings of the Library of Congress catalog are now included in WorldCat, I recommend searching WorldCat, where you can find what libraries own a particular item (and you may be able to borrow, which you cannot do from the Library of Congress catalog); WorldCat also includes the holdings of the Washington Research Libraries Consortium members

Finding other materials at Georgetown

Looking for E-books specifically?  See this guide

Arabic e-books can be found here in Al Manhal Database (if you land on a page asking you to log in, just refresh or use the back arrow and click on "Al Manhal" again)

Finding Arabic Books


Lauinger Library has an extensive collection of books, periodicals, videos and other materials in Arabic*, which are listed in HoyaSearch, the library catalog. Below are some strategies for identifying relevant items and for locating them in Lauinger Library. 


I. Searching By Topic


Keyword searching is a good way to begin searching for new terms or to combine concepts:


  • islamification
  • globalization and egypt


When you find relevant titles, click on the tab Full Record in George.  See the assigned Subject Headings to find additional related resources:


  • Iraq--Foreign relations
  • Arabic fiction--Syria
  • *Qaddafi, Muammar--Political and social views


*see hints for searching Arabic names and titles below


  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries


NOTE: These English-language subject headings are assigned to books in all languages.


II. Hints for Searching Arabic Names and Titles


1. When searching romanized/transliterated Arabic words or names in the library catalog (GEORGE),you do NOT need to include diacritics (dots/lines over/under letters, apostrophes indicating ayn or hamzah, etc.)


2. If a family or "last" name begins with "al-", do not include the "al-" in your search key.


example: al-Masudi
→Search under: Masudi




a) if the person's name is well-known in English and s/he prefers to include the "al-"
Faruqi, Ismail R. → Al-Faruqi, Ismail
b) when "al" (with alif maddah) refers to "tribe" or "people"
Al Saud, Al Bu Said, etc.
c) DO include "al-" when it is not the first part of a name
Abd al-Aziz, Ibrahim


3. When searching titles which have "al-" before the FIRST word of the title, skip the "al-" of the first word ONLY, as you would skip the article (a/an/the) in English. Do include "al-" when it is attached to subsequent words.


Title: al-Kitab al-addad fi kalam al-Arab
Search under: Kitab al-addad fi kalam al-Arab


4. Names of persons or corporate bodies (organizations, ministries, etc.) which are very well-known in the West may be entered in the catalog under the form of the name as it is best known in English:


Abd al-Nasir, Jamal → Nasser, Gamal Abdel
al-Qadhdhafi, Muammar → Qaddafi, Muammar
al-Munazzamah al-Arabiyah li-Huquq al-Insan → Arab Organization for Human Rights




Mahfouz, Naguib → Mahfuz, Najib
Palestine Liberation Organization → Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastini


6. Searching the library catalog for authors or titles in Arabic script is now possible. ONLY records for materials published after 2000 have information in both romanization AND Arabic script.

Searching exclusively in Arabic script will limit your results to only very recently published materials. If you are unsure of how an Arabic name or word would be romanized, it may be useful to type it in Arabic script, see how it is romanized, then use the romanized form to search and ensure you find all we have under that name or word.
mahfuz, najib yields 249 hits
محفوظ، نجيب yields 13 hits.


7. Consult the Library of Congress Arabic Romanization Table.

This romanization system is used in most North American research libraries and in many outside North America as well.

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