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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MENA Databases: Other

An introduction to using databases and other electornic resources for MENA studies research at UIUC.

This section includes miscellaneous resources which may prove useful for your research.


See the following guide for an overview of how to use the ProQuest search engine.

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HathiTrust can be searched using three distinct search interfaces:

  •  Basic Search

HathiTrust's basic search interface, on their landing page

  • Advanced full-text search - search the full text of items cataloged in HathiTrust

HathiTrust's full-text advanced search interface

  • Advanced catalog search - search the metadata of items cataloged in HathiTrust

HathiTrust's advanced catalog search interface

Unless stated otherwise, the following information applies to all three search forms noted above.


HathiTrust supports AND and OR Boolean operators, as well as NOT. AND and OR are specified by typing in "AND" or "OR". NOT is specified by placing a minus sign - before the term you would like to exclude, e.g. "-education" to exclude "education". Additionally, in the full-text advanced search, you can use a drop down menu to add an implict AND or OR between all search terms by selecting "all of these words" or "any of these words" respectively.

By default, an implicit AND connects all search terms not connected by another boolean term.


Several special characters can be used for substitution.

  • ?: Represents a single unknown characters, e.g. "f?r" matches "for" and "far"
  • *: Represents zero or more unknown characters, e.g. "parent*" matches "parent", "parents", and "parenthood

These substitution characters cannot be used at the beginning of a search term. Wildcards still function within quoted phrases.


Quoted phrases will be treated as a single search term, regardless of internal whitespace. Wildcards still function within quoted terms.


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