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Islamic Studies: Getting Started


Welcome to the Islamic Studies Research Guide

Here you will find helpful information about resources on Islamic Studies available in the libraries at the University of Kentucky and through Interlibrary Loan. Start your research with the basic resources listed below, which will provide you with background and overview information about Islam. On the following pages, you will find helpful search terms on topics related to Arabic and Islamic Studies, information about finding print and electronic journal articles (scholarly and popular), dissertations, theses, and links to websites about Islam.

For more information about the Islamic Studies Program and Minor, visit the program's webpage on the International Studies Program website.

If you need help or have any questions, please use the Ask Us service.

Getting Started with your Research

Some tips to get you started:

  • Understand your assignment.  What kind of information do you need?  Peer-reviewed journal articles, literary criticism, biographical information?
  • Know your deadlines.  It is so much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic.  Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords.  Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

Not sure how to develop your topic and keywords? This video will demonstrate how to get started.

If you run into any trouble at any point in your research process, you can always Ask Us for help.

Librarian for Philosophy, Religion, French & Italian Studies

Heath Martin
William T. Young Library

University of Kentucky

(859) 218-1849