This guide is a multi-disciplinary introduction to library resources for the study of Islam. The intended audience is undergraduate students with no specialist background knowledge of the subject. The resources here are all in western languages, predominantly English.
Anyone studying Islam--whether as religion, culture, art, society, history, philosophy--will eventually want to familiarize himself or herself with two of the most important reference works in the field: The Encyclopaedia of Islam and Index Islamicus.The Encyclopaedia of Islam is now into its third edition (still being published). The online version includes all 12 volumes of the 2d edition, and all volumes of the 3d edition as they are published.