If you find you need to get yourself focused, are working in a new area, or need to see topics and issues associated with particular areas, there are several good works which will help you get a good overview and gain some familiarity with the particular area.
Please note that a few of the of the Cambridge University Press titles are available electronically though Cambridge Core.
WorldCat Discovery @UCSB is a way to find books and other materials located in libraries outside the UC System.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a respository of specialized and often unique materials in various formats, including many that are useful for the study of the Middle East. UCSB Library is a member of CRL and may borrow (through InterLibrary Loan) items for extended periods. CRL holds collections of newspapers from the Middle East as well as those from communities in North America, dissertations from a number of European and Israeli insitutions, official gazettes, among others. They have a searchable online catalog.
There may be times when you need to search for materials and collections that may not be in WorldCat, especially in the field of Middle East Studies where many of the libraries needed and used by researchers are not included in WorldCat. The following sites will give you links to any institution's online catalog. However, please keep in mind that at this time there are many libraries in the Middle East which do not have online catalogs. You might also find these sites useful for links to library opacs which are in WorldCat, but in which you want to make a more in-depth search.
For a listing of Middle Eastern national libraries see Indepth Research Resources tab.
The Arabic Union Catalog is an online catalog of holdings from a number of Saudi libraries. See Indepth Research Resources: More Indexes & Databases.