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ARAB 201-202: Intermediate Arabic: Get Started


Key Resources on the Web

source: Duke University Libraries, Foreign Language Learning Guide

Dictionaries & Other Reference Works

Reference works on Arabic language and literature in the library catalog - including:

  • Oxford Dictionaries: Arabic -- an online English-Arabic, Arabic-English dictionary, with 130,000+ words and phrases and 200,000 translations; features 70,000 real-life example phrases, conjugations of Arabic verbs, and full forms of numbers and dates in Arabic. Fully accessible on mobile and tablet, with specially developed search software.
  • Dictionaries located at PJ 6640 -- some in Reference on the main floor, others you can check out on the 3rd floor of Clapp Library.  Prof. Rachid recommends pictorial dictionaries, which use images to define words; here are two, available in print format:
    • Oxford-Duden pictorial English dictionary with English-Arabic index. Clapp Ref. PJ6640 .O88 2003
    • The Oxford picture dictionary, English/Arabic. Clapp Ref. PJ6640 .S485 1999
  • Encyclopedias, located in the Reference collection on the main floor of Clapp Library

Find books, DVDs, and music in Arabic

Wellesley College Catalog: SuperSearch


To find all Arabic-language books, journals, DVDs, and music, including translations into Arabic:

  • leave the SuperSearch box blank and click on Search
  • on the Search Results page, under Language in the left-hand column, click on More
  • in the Language box, click on the Include box next to Arabic to include only Arabic. Click on Continue
  • under Content Type in the left-hand column, click on More
  • select Include for the formats you want and click on Continue. You can also limit to items in Clapp Library or Music Library, and for subjects such as history, poetry, drama, and etc.

Literature originally written in Arabic, as well as books about Arabic literature and language.  These books are found in Clapp, in call numbers PJ 6001 - 8517. 

Books especially for students of Arabic -- comic books, short stories, poetry, anthologies, and essays in Arabic, also western literature and children's books translated into Arabic, to facilitate learning the language. NEW: Harry Potter in Arabic, books 1-6.

Find News in Arabic

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