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RLST/ARAB 2320 Muslim World (Catlos): Finding Books

This guide provides helpful resources to complete the book review and research essay projects in Professor Catlos's Muslim World course.

Finding Books at CU


Tips for keyword searching:

  • Searching with “and” narrows your search, retrieving fewer, yet more specific, results.

  • Using the asterisks (*) at the end of the root word will retrieve results where that word has different endings. For example, searching religi* will retrieve results with religion, religions, and religious.

  • Think of synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings! For example, use “Quran" or "Koran" when searching for information about the sacred text of Islam.

  • Once you find a book that interests you, make sure you write down the whole call number and note if the book is available and where it is!

  • Find relevant books in the stacks and look around that book to see what else you can find. Books with similar subjects will be near each other on the shelves.

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Combine Search Words

AND  link words by AND to search for all words in the same resource

OR  link words by OR to search for one word or another (instead of both/all words)

NOT  to eliminate results with a certain term

“Quotations” – add quotations to a group of two or more words to search for the exact phrase 

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