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West Asian and North African History



This is a guide to historical research--focused on primary source material--available to Boston College from/about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Researching the History of the Middle East and North Africa

Use this guide to get started researching various topics in Middle Eastern and North African history at Boston College. On this page, you'll find access points to searching for general information (Reference) as well as books and journals on the topic. Take a look at the subject links for suggestions on primary source collections. 

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Reference Shelf: General

    For more definitions, background information, maps, and more, visit BC Libraries' Middle Eastern and North African History Reference Page.

    Books: Find & Request from BC & Beyond

    Your local libraries have excellent monographs and anthologies located in O'Neill library as well as through the BC libraries portal. Try searching for books (only books) through the WorldCat library system to see if we have what you need. If we don't, you can order material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

    WorldCat Catalog

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    Journal and eBook Database Recommendations

    For a selection of excellent journals and some e-books on various topics in global history, we recommend a few databases. Remember to explore these database "advanced search" options for date and other modifiers before you run your searches.

    Additional Recommendations

    MENA Specific Journal Databases

    Suggested Journals

    Research Guides and Organizations

    Scholarship: Podcasts

    Subject Librarian for History

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    Bee Lehman, Ph.D.
    Office: O'Neill Library 414A

    Office hours in Stokes S 396 on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 2pm - 3.30pm.
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    Subjects: History