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Most books in the Reference Collection give readers a broad topical overview. Because you are new to researching and writing, these are a good place to start.
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Reference Works: Related to Class
Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States - Ref BP67 .U6 E53 2007
Volume one contains entries about Islam in the United States; volume two contains primary documents and further investigations into topics such as citizenship, gender, and September 11.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World - Ref DS 35.53 .O96 2009
Covers countries of the Islamic world and topics related to Islamic religion, history, and culture. Articles are lengthy and scholarly as well as up-to-date.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World - Ref BP 40 .E525 2004
Provides an overview of individuals, concepts, and topics related to Islam.
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