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Arabic Literature and Culture

Resources for Arabic studies

Library Services


Zotero is a free bibliographic management tool that can help you organize, save, and format citations. It can also enter and format footnotes or endnotes within Word and some other word processing programs. See this guide for help with this powerful tool. 

Style and Citation Help

Your professors will tell you which style they prefer you to use when writing your papers. The publishers of the three major styles, below, do not offer complete guides on the web, but OU has purchased access to the Chicago Manual of StyleThe best place to go for further help is the OU Writing Center

The American Psychological Association (APA) Style Blog and the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) can help with APA Style, used chiefly by disciplines in the social sciences.

The Chicago Manual of Style has an online edition. (OU login required)

The MLA Style Center and the Purdue OWL supplement the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.The MLA (Modern Language Association) style of formatting and citing is used primarily in language and literature departments.

There are print copies of the style guides behind the Information desk and on reserve for use while in Bizzell. 

Romanization of Arabic Writing

The Library of Congress has produced a pdf guide for transliterating Arabic writing to the Roman alphabet.

Microform Materials

The library has a large collection of microform materials (microfilm and microfiche) held in off-site storage. The collections must be requested via Sooner Xpress. See and for microforms related to the Middle East.