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Islamic Art and Architecture

For use with "From Agra to Istanbul: Islamic Art in the Early Modern Era" (Halsted)

Duke catalog

1. "Catalog" tab to the Duke Libraries catalog

  • Use your natural language to find ONE book that's relevant.
  • Click the title of that book
  • Scroll down to the "subjects" and look for the library term/subject it groups under your topic
  • Click the hyperlink of that topic and get ALL the works we have on your topic!


Here are some subject examples of what you can find:


  • Saʻdī. Būstān -- exhibitions  exhibition catalogs
  • Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 1141-1202 or 1203. Khamsah Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 1141-1202 or 1203. Khamsah>Illustrations   an artist and his/her individual work
  • Miniature painting - Afghanistan -- Herat  genre of painting,  limited to counrty and work
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Timurid   topic, limited to one work
  • Epic poetry, Persian - Translations into English  topic limited by geography and time period



2. Google Books & Google Scholar

Google Books allows you to search books by key-word.  It does not display the whole book.  Use LIBX.

Google Scholar is the same but for articles.


Worldcat - combined catalog of all libraries

Use Worldcat to locate exhibition catalogs and books for interlibrary loan and archives of collections.  There's a "libraries with this item" link that shows NC libraries first.

Art Discovery Group - the "art" segment of a Worldcat search.  Easy, direct, free for anyone to use.  Map the holdings listed back to Duke.  Searching directly can be done through

ARCADE - NY Resources

Arcade - The collections of the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Library and The Museum of Modern Art Library.

Metropolitan Museum of Art digitized collection  - All the digitized images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's library (via the Internet Archive).  Handy when you only want pdf full text.