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Research Fundamentals: Edward Said - States

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Essay Options

From Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Readers:

Write an essay that represents the argument of the project of "States" for someone who has not read it.  You will establish a context and to summarize.

DMC Studio

Want to create a multimedia presentation as part of your assignment?

The DMC Studio provides services, technologies, and instructional support for recording, digitizing, and editing audio, video, and image resources, enabling you to create new digital scholarly work.

Biographical Materials

Read about the life and work of Edward Said

Search Results

Edward Said



Jerusalem with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (1804)

NYPL Digital Gallery

Subject Guides

The Library offers a number of discipline-based Subject Guides to help you locate resources.  Which Guides might assist you?

Some possibilities include:




What other topics are covered in this essay?

Searching for books and articles



Take a Break

Read an interview with Edward Said by David Barsamian, published in the Progressive, November 2001.

See the short film, Edward Said on Orientalism


Learn more about the concepts of multiculturalism, Orientalism, and dispossession.

Some possibilities include:

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences

NU Library Research Guide for History: Middle Eastern History

For information on the history of Palestine and the Middle East, see

Cambridge Histories Online

Primary Sources

Review question:  What is a Primary Source?

View documents, images, and maps in:

Travelers in the Middle East Archive at Rice University

The Islamic Heritage Project at Harvard


Review question:  What is a scholarly article?

Try the Library's Scholar OneSearch service for a Google-style approach to searching. 

Not sure where else to look?  Look for selected article search tools in Research Guides by Subject