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Books that have call numbers associated with them are available in Hartwick's library.  Any book listed in this LibGuide that has an ISBN or ASIN listed instead of a call number is not available through Hartwick.  However, it can be requested from another institution through Interlibrary Loan.  (Look carefully as some titles are available at SUNY Oneonta's Milne Library - these have been noted.)  

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261 Indian Ocean World, 1300-1800

An introduction to the history of the peoples and societies of India, Arabia, and East Africa, with an emphasis on the role of trade, religion, and cultural exchange in shaping the civilizations of the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire, citiies of the East African Swahili Coast and the Ottoman Empire.  The course will examine the thriving indigenous shipping and other exchange networks before the arrival of Europeans in 1498, with a primary focus on the Indian Ocean as a hub of human exchanges between India, Arabia, and Africa in the era of the classical Islamic world. 


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Boolean Searching:  This technique uses keywords or subject headings combined with operators such as "AND", "OR", and "NOT" in both databases and search engines.  Parenthesis can be used to distinguish what the search engine should look at in which order while quotations indicate you want the search to include the exact phrase.  For example, to search in Google for information on Indian Ocean trade during ancient times, you could use the following:

"Indian Ocean" AND (trade OR commerce OR econom*) AND history

This tells Google to find articles that have the following:

"Indian Ocean" MUST appear exactly as specified

Webpages MUST have either "trade", "commerce", or a variation on "econom*" (This is known as a truncation - Google will return "economy", "economics", "economical", etc)

"History" MUST appear somewhere in the webpage

Subject Searching:  This technique uses the subject headings listed under each tab.  These can be used in databases and the Discovery Service.  Enter the subject heading in a search field and change "Select a Field (optional)" to "SU Subject Terms".  


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