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LIT 168B: Islamic Law and Society

(Library) Resources

The resources on this page go beyond Google Scholar and Library Search. The resources on this page cater to a specific audience, in this case those who study Islam from a Humanities perspective. These tools include:

  1. Encyclopedias where you can get a crash course on a topic
  2. Journals that contain academic articles where scholars pose questions and make academic arguments
  3. Databases that are used to search through thousands of journals and other other sources like books or book chapters.
  4. What's missing?

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1. Get a CRASH COURSE on a topic with an ENCYCLOPEDIAS  We use these to read indepth and comprehensive essays/articles on a topic and see recommended sources that are related to this topic.

2. Learn the ways scholars ASK QUESTIONS and MAKE ARUGMENTS  in ACADEMIC JOURNALS  We use these when we're learning the ways others have researched a topic, the questions they are asking; the arguments they are making. A academic journal will provide a forum for research in a specific field. Often, we cite the articles contained in journals in our research papers. Often, these have downloadable PDF attachments.

3. Expand what you're finding with a database that SEARCHES ACROSS Academic Journals We use these when we're conducting serious research on a topic. We do this because we want to see what other scholars/authors have researched and written outside of just one journal and across a specific field of study or discipline and sometimes across the divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences). These databases use  (UCeLinks)

4. What's missing from this list? Islamic studies overlaps with many disciplines not covered here. Because this guide was developed in consultaiton with your professor, if you're not finding what you need from the resources here, talk to your professor or a librarian (using Ask Us button or contact on Home on this page).  To find out about other databases, use these links: