Foundations: Islamic Empires and Civilizations
Mongol, Delhi Sultanate, Safavid, Ottoman, Caliphate of Cordoba, and Mughal (alternate spellings: Mogul and Moghul)
Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks
START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how
Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access. Additionally, a number of other databases contain reference articles (see Taft Online Subscription Databases below)
- Atlas of the Islamic world since 1500. Ref DS35.6 R6 1982
- The Cambridge encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldive. Ref. DS334.9 .C36 1989
- Cultural atlas of Spain and Portugal. Ref DP17 .V56 1994
- Defining documents in world history:
- Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ref D114 .D5 1982 14 vols
- Encyclopedia of Asian history. Ref DS31 .E53 1987 4 vols
- Encyclopedia of India. Ref DS405 .E556 2006 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world. Ref BP40 .E525 2016 2 vols
- Encyclopedia of religion. Ref BL31 .E46 2005 16 vols (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of society and culture in the medieval world. CB351 .E53 2008 4 vols
- Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Ref D114 .E53 1999
- Encyclopedia of the Ottoman empire. Ref DR486 .A375 2008 (also an online ebook)
- Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Ref CB361 .E52 1999
- Great events from history:
- Great lives from history:
- The Islamic world: past and present. Ref DS35.53 .I86 2004 3 vols
- The Middle Ages: an encyclopedia for students. 1996 4 vols (an online ebook)
- Middle Ages reference library. 2001 5 vols (an online ebook)
- The Oxford encyclopedia of the Islamic world. Ref DS35 .53 .O95 1995 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Religions of the world: a comprehensive encyclopedia of beliefs and practices. Ref BL80.3 .R45 2002 4 vols
- Renaissance: an encyclopedia for students. 2004 4 vols (an online ebook)
- World eras:
Books on Reserve at the Circulation Desk
(Sign out for use IN LIBRARY ONLY for duration of assignment)
- Delhi Sultanate and Mughal
- Caliphate of Cordoba
- Islam and Islamic History (these books include various empires)
Look for additional books by searching RhinoCat, the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at http://library.taftschool.org. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project.
- Examples of primary sources for Islamic empires include written documents, works of art and architecture, literature, and artifacts such as tools, household objects and furnishings, clothing, weapons, coins, etc.
- A number of databases below contain primary sources, including Ancient and Medieval History Online, Daily Life through History, and World History: Ancient and Medieval History
- Search Rhinocat for library books and ebooks containing documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your empire for xxxxx: su,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: xxxxx
- Search Google combining the name of your empire with the phrase "primary sources" OR documents
- Internet History Sourcebooks Project (a web project with an extensive collection of primary source documents by Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
See the course guide Finding Primary Sources for more ways to locate documents in our library and online.
Taft Online Subscription Databases
- Ancient and Medieval History Online Reference articles, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos on eight ancient and medieval civilizations
- Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals from Gale's vast reference collection as well as related full-text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, audio-visual content, and websites.
- Daily Life Through History (Academic) This comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provides insight into the social history of societies from prehistory to the 21st-century. Includes authoritative content from more than 75 Greenwood reference works and original journal articles from prominent historians.
- History Reference Center An Ebsco database featuring content from reference books, non-fiction books, and history periodicals
- Modern World History Online Reference articles, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
- World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras Authoritative primary and secondary sources, reference articles, in-depth explorations of key topics, and profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world.
- World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference articles, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
- World History: The Modern Era Covers the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes reference articles, media and primary source material.
- Journal article databases
- Image database
- Britannica ImageQuest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use
- See also Websites below for links to several image websites.
- Video database
- Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
- From the Wikipedia essay on Academic use: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic writing or research."
- 9 Powerpoint Presentation Tips for Students (from Lifewire, a leading technology information site)
- Ten Simple Rules for Effective Oral Presentations by Philip E. Bourne
- To find reliable websites:
Here's an example using Safavid . Think about other terms you can swap in and out.
You can also limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu OR site:ac.uk (gov for U. S. government agencies; edu for educational institutions in the U.S.; ac.uk for educational institutions in the United Kingdom).
*For more information on finding high quality websites, see Find and Evaluate Websites.
In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest, use these sites to find images:
- Finding Public Domain Images for Multimedia Projects (from EdTechTeacher.org)
- Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 51 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
- Google Images (Filter your results to find images that you have permission to use by clicking on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)