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Arabic and Islamic Studies

Finding books and manuscripts

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:

Islamic art

"Middle East"

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

Islam AND architecture

"Middle East" AND history

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

Islam AND (architecture OR buildings)

Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.


Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the image below.

Fig 2.- Screenshot of the Library Catalogue featuring how to access subject headings

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)
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