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Middle East Studies: Primary Sources

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Primary Source Timeline

See our Primary Source Timeline to browse a selection of primary source databases organized by coverage dates and locations.

Other Primary Resources

For other types of primary sources such as diaries, interviews, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, and so on, you can search the Library Catalog below and/or WorldCat.

Type in the keyword search term plus the type of primary source ("diary" etc).

Another way is to read the bibliographies of articles and books that you already have found. You may find out what primary sources that the other scholars are using. Once you identify the sources, it should be easy to get hold of them, either by checking our library collection or requesting them via interlibrary loan.

For more information, see our guide on locating primary sources.

Find Primary Sources to Support Your Argument

You can support your argument by quoting from secondary sources (studies done by other scholars). But you have to use primary sources to make an original claim or argument.