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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

Foundations: Islamic Empires: Islamic Empires

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources / Monographs will have more specific information about your topic.

  • Secondary source books are second-hand sources written by scholars which present a new interpretation or thesis based upon a synthesis of primary sources, scholarly journal articles, and other secondary sources.
  • Sometimes there will be an entire book, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs.
  • Secondary sources will usually have a bibliography of materials for further study, including primary sources, journal articles (which are also secondary sources), and books. 

Books on Reserve at the Circulation Desk

BOOKS ON RESERVE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK To ensure equitable access, all reserve materials are to be used only in the library for the duration of the project.

To borrow reserve books:

  1. Ask Library Staff at the Circulation Desk for the specific books you would like to use.
  2. We will retrieve the books from the reserve shelves and sign them out to you.
  3. When you have finished using them or at the end of class, RETURN the books to a Library Staff Member.

Find eBooks in Digital Libraries on the Internet

Internet Archive


The UNESCO Digital Library A vast repository of freely available materials, including those documenting and supporting UNESCO's mission. There is also a wealth of historical resources, such as books and book chapters on many of the Islamic empires.

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, and other library materials. 

To find SECONDARY source books and ebooks:

  •  A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. 
  • When you identify a book that looks useful, click on the book title to open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.

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