Middle East Studies: Find Books

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog that has a Find & Request link, then the book or video is checked out or not in our collection.

  • First, sign in to the catalog for borrowing privileges at Summit;
  • You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request, then select Request from Summit (a partnership of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho);
  • It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit;
  • When your item is available for check out at the 1st floor Circulation Desk, you will be notified by PSU email.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it (mostly) for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to search library catalogs for materials on a particular topic. Often subject heading searching can be more productive than searching by simple keywords. Listed here are some major subject headings of interest for research in Middle Eastern Studies. Copies of the complete set of the Library of Congress Subject Headings are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

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Asia, central -- Foreign relations
Asia, central -- Strategic aspects
Middle East -- Description And travel
Middle East -- Geography
Middle East -- Languages
Afghanistan -- Social life and customs
Pakistan-- Commercial policy
Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations
Syria -- History
Iran -- Politics and government
Human rights -- Syria
Muslims -- Pakistan
Conflict management -- Middle East
Constitutional history -- Lebanon
Democracy -- Kuwait
Indigenous Peoples -- Oman

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