We can't fit every resource about Iran or Persepolis on to this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.


This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic. A good first stop would be any of the standard encyclopedias in the Beaver collection: Encyclopedia Americana, World Book or Britannica.


Britannica Online
Gale Virtual Reference Library
World Book Online (on-campus use only)


History behind the headlines: origins of conflicts worldwide. REF 909 H62 Check the index of any volume for information on Iran.
The Islamic world: past and present. REF 909 Is4 A 3 volume set.
Revolutionary movements in world history: from 1750 to the present. R 303.64 REV Volume 2 contains information on the Iranian revolution.


Books on the history of Iran can be found at 955.

Cartlidge, Cherese. Iran. 955 CAR 128 pages.
Daniel, Elton. The history of Iran. 955 D22 2001 299 pages.
Goldschmidt, Arthur. A concise history of the Middle East. 956 G57 1991 465 pages.


A-Z Maps Online For world maps. User name: az Password: milan
A-Z World Culture For information on Iran, test drive this new database. User name: az Password: italy
Artstor (sign up for a free account on campus to access your account at home) For images of Persian and Iranian art.
Biography Resource Center + Marquis Who's Who® For information on Marjane Satrapi or other famous Iranians.
History Study Center For an overview of Iranian history.
Issues and Controversies Sort by story date on the left-hand side for the most current information

Internet sites

CIA Factbook For up-to-date information about Iran.
Chronology of women's rights in Iran since the revolution
Interview with Marjane Satrapi