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ARTH 384: Treasures of Medieval Islamic Art: Print Materials

This guide is focused on the history of the art and architecture of the medieval Islamic world in regions that border the Mediterranean basin—from The Levant (Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan), Spain and North Africa to Egypt and Anatolia (Tu

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Special Collections and Archives

Copley Library has special and rare collection items that patrons must make an appointment to see onsite (non-circulation materials). The library catalog will indicate if an item belongs to this category as the location will be set to: CL Archives Camino Vault - To request this item email


Copley Library is part of a local consortium of libraries that share books called the Circuit. If you want to expand your search to find more resources try using the Circuit catalog (your books will be conveniently delivered to Copely Library for pickup). Participating libraries include UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and San Diego Public/County branches. 

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Encyclopedic and Reference Sources

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are works that analyze, assess, or interpret a historical event, era, or phenomenon, generally utilizing primary sources to do so. Secondary sources often offer a review or a critique. Secondary sources can include books, journal articles, speeches, reviews, research reports, and more. Generally speaking, secondary sources are written well after the events that are being researched. However, if an individual writes about events that they experienced first hand many years after that event occurred, it is still considered a primary source.