A REFERENCE could be a print encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary or thesaurus, or a digital source like a database. Here you will learn the basics of your topic, fast facts and vocabulary words that you can use later as search terms.
REFERENCE BOOKS: (The Reference section is located on the back wall to the left of the Reference desk, under the stuffed shark)
World Book Encyclopedia (located on the magazine shelf near the lobby window)
Vol. 10, pp. 463-466 under ISLAM, pp. 467-470 under ISLAMIC ART.
Vol. 13, pp. 964-966 under MUSLIMS.
R 509 WHI History of Science: Vol. 2: Islamic and Western Medieval Science. pp. 4-7 and pp. 34-35.
R 909.07 ENC The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages/ pp. 246-248 under ISLAM, pp. 248-250 under ISLAM, RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY and pp. 251-252 under ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE. Also, check the index at the back under ISLAM for mentions of this topic in other articles in this encyclopedia.
R 973 ARA Arab American Encyclopedia/ pp. 92-97 under ISLAM, pp. 234-237 under ISLAMIC ART AND DESIGN, and pp. 152-158 under MUSLIM HOLIDAYS. You can also use the index at the back of the book, which is arranged alphabetically by topic, to search for your subject.
A BOOK could be a print book, an e-book, a digital textbook, or an audio book. A BOOK in any form is usually more specific than a REFERENCE source. Here you will add details to the basic information you have already learned and begin to connect your basic facts together. You can use the library catalog to look up title, publisher and author information that you may need to fill in your notes.
201 KAV Kavanaugh, Dorothy. Islam, Christianity and Judaism. (2004).
297 CAR Carr. Melissa. Who are the Muslims? : Where Muslims live and how they are governed. (2004).
297 HOD Hodges, Rick. What Muslims Think and How They Live. (2004).
297 LUN Lunde, Paul. Islam: Faith, Culture, History. (2002).
297 MAR Marcovitz, Hal. Heroes and Holy Places. (2004).
297 MOR Morris, Neil. Islam. (2002).
297 WHI Whitehead, Kim. Islam: the basics. (2004).
297.097 BEV Beverley, James. Islamic Faith in America. (2003).
355 HIL Hilliam, Paul. Islamic Weapons, warfare and armies.: Muslim military operations against the Crusaders. (2004).
909 HIN Hinds, Kathryn. The Countryside: Life in the Medieval Muslim World. (2009).
909 HIN Hinds, Kathryn. The City: Life in the Medieval Muslim World. (2009).
909 HIN Hinds, Kathryn. The Palace: Life in the Medieval Muslim World. (2009).
909.09 DOA Doak, Robin. Empire of the Islamic World. (2005).
956.01 HAN Hancock, Lee. Saladin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. (2004).
956.01 HIL Hilliam, David. Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade: the English king confronts Saladin. (2004).
The Research Process
Remember, when you are conducting research, the two most important questions to ask are:
WHAT'S MY QUESTION? HOW MUCH DO I KNOW?
Depending on your question and how much you know about your topic will determine which resource is the best one for you to use.
If you know 0-25% of your topic, choose a REFERENCE source.
If you know 25-50% of your topic, choose a BOOK.
If you know 50-75% of your topic, choose a DATABASE from the approved list on this page.
If you know 75-100% of your topic, choose a SEARCH ENGINE like GOOGLE on the INTERNET. Use the SEARCH terms and phrases from your DATABASE searches in your GOOGLE search. Use what you know about your topic already to weed out useless or wrong information. But first, check the approved websites on this page.
These tools will help you create your project.
DATABASES are organized, searchable sources of information, often available only with a subscription (which means you will need passwords for remote access, ask Jennifer, Lynne or Frank for the passwords). Beyond that, a database can be anything: images, videos, articles from magazines or videos, or collections of print encyclopedia information. Even though you access them through the INTERNET, DATABASES have more specific information than what you will find just GOOGLING your topic. Here you will find more current information on your topic using the vocabulary words your learned from your REFERENCE and BOOK sources as your SEARCH terms.