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Foundations: Islamic Empires: Reference Sources

START YOUR RESEARCH WITH REFERENCE SOURCES

The print and electronic reference sources below will give you a broad overview of your subject:

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

  • This will allow you to better understand where the specific information you find later fits in the bigger picture.
  • Make note of terms, also called keywords, relating to your topic:
    • Examples: names of people; important dates; words or expressions unique to your topic.
  • You can use these keywords when searching for secondary source books and primary sources. 

Examples of Reference Sources: Almanacs, atlases, dictionaries / thesauruses, and encyclopedias.

 

Tips for Citing Reference Sources in NoodleTools

ONLINE REFERENCE DATABASES

 

Some Islamic Empires existed in one historical era only, such as the Medieval era, while others spanned different eras. You may find that searching both of these databases gives you a more complete picture of your empire.

 

These databases are also good choices for researching Islamic Empires:
Contains Primary Sources means this source contains Primary Sources.
Resource Allows NoodleTools Export means you can export the citation for this source to NoodleTools.

If you have any questions, see
Mr. Padgett, Ms. Taylor, or Mr. Previti
OR email us at 
spadgett@taftschool.org  
  taylorp@taftschool.org
rpreviti@taftschool.org
We're here to help!

PRINT & EBOOK REFERENCE SOURCES

  • Ref means print editions of these books are in the Reference Collection on the library's main floor. 
  • To ensure equitable access, Reference books may be used in the library only.
  • Those available in print only will be on a book truck during class time in the library for the duration of the project.

 

All Empires of the Islamic World

 

Delhi Sultanate / Mughal Empire
Safavid
Ottoman
Caliphate of Cordoba
Mamluks

Tips for Citing Reference Sources in NoodleTools

PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that you NOT copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.

 

A Reference Source citation has 2 parts:

  • information about the article you used: author, title of article, and page numbers if available.
  • information about the encyclopedia as a whole: author / editor, encyclopedia title, name of publisher, place of publication, and date of publication.

Reference sources can be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) if provided. The ISBN can be found on the back cover of a book, on the back side of the title page, or in the library catalog record. It can also be found in databases containing sources originally produced in print. If you don't find it, we can help you. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

If you use the ISBN method, you will still have to fill in the information about the specific article you used because this method only imports the information about the encyclopedia as a whole (title, editor, publisher, etc.).

To cite an encyclopedia / reference source, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as Gale eBooks.
    • You can export citations from many of our databases. Look for Resource Allows NoodleTools Export  next to the database name.
  • If you cannot export the citation, go to NoodleTools, choose Database and then Reference Source.
    • Be sure to provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link", Cite or Citable Link.
  • Website = an encyclopedia found through a search engine such as Google. 
  • Print or In Hand = a book found on the shelves of the library's Reference Collection.

Next you will choose the type of source you are citing. In this case, Reference Source.

You will complete both parts of the Reference Source form:

  • information about the article you used: author, title of article, and page numbers if available.
  • information about the encyclopedia as a whole: author / editor, encyclopedia title, name of publisher, place of publication, and date of publication.
  • Information about a web encyclopedia: author of article (if given), title of article, the URL of the article you are citing, and the most recent date (date updated or date of online publication).

 

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett, Ms. Taylor, or Mr. Previti are happy to help!