The Near East Division is responsible for the selection and acquisition of materials from and about the countries of the Near East and North Africa in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, and the European languages, including Yiddish. In addition, the division has the responsibility for acquiring Judaica. The staff of the division catalogs all monographs, serials, manuscripts, and microforms in the languages of the region.
Because the staff of the division is especially trained and possesses extensive experience in the languages and subject matter of the region and in addressing problems unique to Near Eastern and Judaica librarianship, it is well prepared to provide a broad range of specialized reference services. Among these services are providing bibliographic guidance to graduate students beginning dissertation research, assisting in the compilation of course related bibliographies, introduction to and assistance in searching various electronic resources such as ProQuest, JSTOR, Index Islamicus, Encyclopaedia of Islam (1913-36. Second, THREE), MLA Bibliography, FRANCIS (INIST-CNRS), Index to Jewish Periodicals, RAMBI, Periodicals Index/Archive Online, and WorldCat, introduction to the collections and the use of MIRLYN databases, and locating and acquiring unique or rare antiquarian materials (books and manuscripts) in orignal, microform, or electronic format.
Near East Division staff has prepared several research guides: Near Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Judaica, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, and Islamic Manuscript Studies. Additionally, we suggest that researchers become familiar with the Library's electronic resources (indexes, abstracting and citation databases, full-text collections, etc.) through the comprehensive guide SearchTools. Near Eastern Division staff teaches each fall term the one-credit course Bibliographical Resources in Middle East Studies.
TOTAL COLLECTION SIZE (2013):
597,507 monograph titles; 1457 current serial titles (vernacular and Western languages).
North Africa, Southwest Asia, Asia Minor, and Central Asia.
LINGUISTIC COVERAGE AND COLLECTION SIZE BY LANGUAGE:
Arabic (174,427), Hebrew/Yiddish (55,477), Persian/Tajik (27,037), Turkish/Ottoman/Turkic (32,136), Kurdish (430), European languages (308,000)