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Durham University

University Library

Arabic and Islamic Studies Library Resources

Academic Journal Article Databases

  • Web of Knowledge is a comprehensive index of articles published in over 10,000 academic journals, dating back to as early as 19th century.  Please look out for ConneXions button and click on it to see if a full-text article is available through our subscriptions.
  • JSTOR JSTOR is a digital archive collection of core scholarly journals starting with the first issues (many of which date from the 1800s).
  • Index Islamicus is database is a comprehensive index to publications on Islamic subjects throughout the world. Records cover almost 100 years, from 1906 to the present. The scope includes the Middle East, the Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere in the world. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.
  • Google Scholar

News, Current Affairs, Newspapers, Magazines and Newswires

  • Nexis UK is an aggregated collection of newspapers, magazines, newswires and broadcasts (including BBC Monitoring Online) from around world.  It is mainly in English and covers archives of newspapers going back up 30 years.
  • Factiva factiva is similar to Nexis UK, but the coverage includes publications in more than 25 languages (including Russian, Chinese, Japanese and many others)
  • EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service) is a multilingual (including Arabic) collection of news and information sources about the emerging markets of selected countries in the Middle East.  

Reference Works: Subject Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Subject Dictionaries

Managing Your References

Most databases (including Durham University Library Catalogue) and some search engines (e.g. provide options to save the bibliographic data for later use.   Saving options include emailing references selected, saving the references in text or document files and exporting references into reference management software.

The reference management software supported in Durham is EndNote X4.  The software is installed on the Networked PC service.

To start EndNote programme, click on Start, choose Programmes | Bibliographic Software | EndNote X | EndNote Programme

EndNote files are called EndNote Libraries in which references can be saved, managed and used.  The ITS Guide to EndNote is available from: