Recommended Databases for Middle East Studies

Articles & Journals

  • AfricaBib
    Bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature , literature on women travelers and explorers to Africa.
  • Africa Wide Information (Africa-Wide: NiPAD)
    Provides multi-disciplinary coverage of Africa including politics, history, economics, business, mining, development, social issues, anthropology, natural history, literature, language, law, music.
  • Alternative Press Index
    Bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals that cover the period of 1969 through 1990.
  • Art Full Text
    Art journals from 1929-present, including Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective, Avery Index (architecture).
  • ATLA Religion Database
    Indexes international periodicals (1949-) in the fields of religion and theological studies covering world religions.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Indexes the scholarly literature on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Includes coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as abundant material on Islam, Muslims and Islamic movements throughout the regions.
  • Brockelmann Online
    Brockelmann Online consists of Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL) and the three supplement volumes, including the indexes. The work offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. It is divided into chronologically organized sections, subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes more than 1,700 academic historical journals (1955-) in over 40 languages, covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • Index Islamicus
    Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, mainly in European languages, covering the Middle East, Africa, and Asia as well as Muslim minorities throughout the world.
  • Literature Resource Center
    Provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for authors, includes plot summaries, and full text articles.
  • Mafteah le-khitve-ʻet be-ʻIvrit.
    Indexes articles of Hebrew periodicals, collections, a few monographs, newspapers and articles in other languages, dealing with the land of Israel.
  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MECAS)
    Bibliographic index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa covering 1900 to present.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Indexes journal articles, books and dissertations covering literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, and history of printing and publishing.
  • Multidata Online
    Arabic language databases with full text and bibliographic citation indexes covering political and socio-economic affairs in the Middle East, including news sources, periodical articles, bibliographic citations, and book reviews.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Encompasses over 3,000 A-Z reference entries, biographies, chapters from scholarly works, Qur’anic materials, primary sources, images, and timelines to provide comprehensive coverage on Islam.
  • OxResearch
    Political and economic analysis from the transition of the Cold War to the new World Order, 1984-to the present.
  • PAIS International
    Chronicles foreign affairs through a wide variety of sources including journal articles, books, government documents, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, IGO publications, Internet material, etc.
  • RAMBI – Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
    Partially full-text bibliography of scholarly articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel.
  • Stratfor
    Current intelligence and analysis of geopolitics, including daily terrorism briefs, special reports, and podcasts.

Primary Sources


  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1949-1996
    FBIS Daily Reports (1949-1996) are English translations of foreign media reports on historical events from thousands of monitored broadcasts and publications and include news, interviews, speeches and editorial commentary.
  • Multidata Online
    Arabic language databases with full text and bibliographic citation indexes covering political and socio-economic affairs in the Middle East, including news sources, periodical articles, bibliographic citations, and book reviews.
  • World News Connection (for FBIS/JPRS), 2003-
    Translated news and information (2003-) from non-United States media sources covering political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events.

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