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Islamic languages: Arabic

A subject guide proposing resources for the study of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu.


Digital collections

  • al-Bab is a blog self-defined as an open door to the Arab World. It has many blog posts focusing about Arabic Language learning and refers to interesting online resources
  • International Children’s Digital Library gives free online access web site for more than 4649 illustrated books for online viewing in 61 language
  • Kotobarabia Arabic E-Library gives online access to more than 3,500 contemporary and classic Arabic books from Egypt. Works in the collection are divided into 29 thematic categories and several subcategories, and are both full-image and full-text searchable
  • is an online Children's Arabic language bookstore based in Texas offering free printable and downloadable Arabic language materials


  • JSTOR A subject searchable index of journals on-line with JSTOR. Retrieves full-text back files of scholarly journals, some of which date back to the 1800's. Does not include articles more recent than five years ago.
  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
  • ProQuest Research Library  A multidisciplinary database covering disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.
  • Web of Science Scholarly articles for medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.It also includes citation indexes

A complete list of databases accessible to McGill affiliated researchers is available here.

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