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HIST1200: Pearls, oil, and Cornell-Qatar: Globalization in the Persian Gulf: Home

Land Acknowledgement

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.

Activity Time!

In class, you've been reading and discussing forces of globalization, and their relationship to the history and political geography of the Persian Gulf. 

Step 1: Based on content you have been covering in class, what key words would you use to describe the major topics you've learned about?

Enter them here:

Step 2: Around the room are a number of library books. Take a few minutes to look through them and brainstorm key words or subject terms you would use to describe them. Enter them using the same link above!

Getting Started with Tertiary Sources

Tertiary sources are a useful place to begin your search and familiarize yourself with a research topic. These include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other compilations or indexes of existing sources.

Regional & Topical Reference Sources:

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are documents or recordings of information originally presented elsewhere.

General Databases for Scholarly Articles: 


Project MUSE 


Anthropology Plus

Regional & Discipline-Specific Databases: 

Middle East & Africa Database

Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies

ProQuest Social Science Premium


Newspapers, Magazines, & Public-Facing News Sources:                                            

Access World News


ProQuest Historical Newspapers         

ProQuest Digitized Newspapers

Pan-Arab News Index

Mid-East Wire

See the Middle East & Islamic Studies Research Guide for further sources!

Using the Library Catalogue

How do I locate a book or other resource through the library catalogue? 

Library website:

Here is a more detailed guide on using the catalogue and reading call numbers.

Classifications to know: 

DS: Asia>>The Islamic World, Arab countries, Ethnography and History, Middle East, Southwestern Asia. Ancient Orient. Arab East, Near East

JQ: Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)

U: Military Science

HD: Social Sciences>>> Industries, Land Use, Labor


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Citation, Citation Justice, & Primary Sources

It's important to cite others' work ethically. As literary scholars, writers, and appreciators of literature, who you cite and how you give credit to other creators has the power to amplify their work and literary voice. Below are some useful concepts, tools, and resources to help you practice inclusive and ethical research!

ZoteroBib is a useful tool for generating bibliographies in your preferred citation style. You can enter information manually, or enter a URL to the resource to generate a citation.

Excelsior Online Writing Lab is an excellent resource to refer to for questions regarding citation style, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, or any formatting questions you may have. 

Cornell Libraries offer citation management resources and workshops.

Remember to consider citation justice as you create a reference list throughout your research. Citation justice is defined as: "The act of citing authors/sources based on identity to uplift marginalized voices with the knowledge that citation is used as a form of power in a patriarchal society based on white supremacy" (Coalter 2022).

In reviewing the references, artwork, and other sources you've compiled in your research, ask yourself:

Whose voices are represented?

Whose voices are missing? 

What Else Can I Do at the Library?

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