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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library


Foundations: Islamic Empires: Caliphate of Cordoba

 

CALIPHATE OF CORDOBA, 929-1031

  

Almanzor's construction at Cordoba's mosque. Cordoba. Spain. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Accessed Feb 22, 2021.
https://quest.eb.com/search/164_3221183/1/164_3221183/cite.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Centre of Cordoba

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources will have more specific information about your topic.

  • Secondary source books 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 

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.

General (more than one civilization)

  • Cities of destiny / edited by Arnold Toynbee. G140 .T69 1967 (Oversize book)   PS
  • A history of Islamic societies / Ira M. Lapidus. DS35.63 .L37 2014
  • Islamic art / David Talbot Rice. N6260 .R53 1965
  • Islamic empires: the cities that shaped civilization from Mecca to Dubai / Justin Marozzi. DS36.855 M37 2020
  • Palace and mosque: Islamic art from the Victoria and Albert Museum / Tim Stanley. N6264 L673 2004
  • The Oxford history of Islam / edited by John L. Esposito. BP50 . O95 1999

Caliphate of Cordoba

  • Caliphs and kings: Spain, 796-1031 / Roger Collins. DP99 .C584 2012
  • The Horizon concise history of Spain / Melveena McKendrick. DP66 .M25
  • Kingdoms of faith: a new history of Islamic Spain / Brian A. Catlos. DP102 .C38 2018
  • The legacy of Islam / Edited by Thomas Arnold and Alfred Guillaume. D199.3 A7
  • The story of architecture / Jonathan Glancy. NA200 .G527 2003
  • A vanished world: medieval Spain's golden age of enlightenment / Chris Lowney. DP99 .L695 2005 

 PS = contains primary source material

Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Sources created by those who lived it

Any document, image, or artifact created at the time of the topic being researched is a primary source.

Examples include: eyewitness accounts, memoirs, household and day-to-day objects, clothing, coins, works of art and architecture.

See the Images tab for finding images of artifacts, buildings, coinage, etc from your empire.

Please note: primary source documents and images are a reflection of the time and culture in which they were created and may contain language or images that are considered offensive today.

 

Primary Sources in Books / eBooks

  • Cities of destiny / edited by Arnold Toynbee. G140 .T69 1967 (Oversize book) 
  • Palace and mosque: Islamic art from the Victoria and Albert Museum / Tim Stanley. N6264 L673 2004
  • The story of architecture / Jonathan Glancy. NA200 .G527 2003

 

Primary Sources on the Internet

On the arts of the Caliphate of Cordoba

 

Primary Sources in Databases

If you have any questions,

see Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor

OR email us at 

spadgett@taftschool.org  

  taylorp@taftschool.org

We're here to help!

NoodleTools Tips for Citing Books / eBooks and Primary Sources

 

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.

 

To cite a book, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it.

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as ACLS Humanities e-Book.
    • Choose Book.
    • You must 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.
    • Choose the name of the database, using the pull-down menu under My library's databases.
    • Complete information about the book (author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date).
  • Website = an electronic book found on the Internet using a search engine like Google.
    • Choose Book.
    • Copy and paste the URL for the book from your browser address bar. 
    • Enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date. If there's an ISBN, search that number to get the information about the book.
  • Print or In Hand = a book in the Reserve collection behind the main desk or found upstairs in the Main collection.
    • Choose Book.
    • Using information in the book, enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date.

Note: Print and electronic books can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) . For a print book, look for the ISBN and associated barcode on the back cover or on the back side of the title page. If you don't find it, a library staff member can help. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

 

To cite a primary source, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = a document found in a Taft Subscription Database such as Gale in Context: World History.
    • You must 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 = a document found on the Websites section of the course guide, found through a web directory like SweetSearch or a search engine such as Google. 
  • Print or In Hand = a document found in a book in the library. For example: in a reference book or a secondary source.

Next determine what kind of primary source you are citing:

  • Look at the list of options in NoodleTools. Is it a newspaper article, a speech, a letter, or another item listed? If so, choose that item type.
  • If you are not sure, you can use "Anthology / Collection" which enables you to cite a source found within another source.