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Where do I begin to look for scholarly journals on american arabs?

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2012  |  207 Views

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If you are looking for scholarly information on Arab-Americans, first you should decide what you want to know about this group. Are you looking for information about their various cultures? Are you looking for historical information? Politics? Businesses? Religions? Immigration? Racial profiling? Once you have decided, then you will want to use the search terms: "Arab American" AND "topic" (Ex: "Arab American" AND History) You will get better search results if you keep "Arab American" in quotation marks when you search.

For articles, check the databases below. To get to the Find Articles and Databases page, start at the Library Home Page (, click on Find Articles & Databases, and click on the category that best fits your topic. (Ex: Social Sciences/Social Issues/Human Services) If you are off-campus you will need to use your 14 digit Library Number, which can be found on your ID Card or your Contact Information page in SOLAR.

For scholarly articles: Whichever databases you choose, you will want to limit your results to "peer reviewed" or "scholarly". Most of the databases have this as an option on the search page. If you have a question about if a source is scholarly or not, please contact your campus librarian, who should be able to tell you if your source is considered scholarly or not. There are also some encyclopedias (Gale Virtual Reference Library ) and ebooks which may be helpful for your research. They are not considered "journal articles", so if you must have journal articles, then they do not qualify. If you just need scholarly-type information, then try them.

For books or ebooks, check the book catalog. To get to the book catalog, start at the Library Home Page (, and click on Find Books and Ebooks. Search "Arab American" and limit to either your campus or to ebooks. (Please note that if you want to access ebooks, you will need to use Internet Explorer to view them.)

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