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Research Guide: Asian Studies

Reference Resources

The library has many reference resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) that will help you find background information on topics in Asian Studies and related fields.  Selected resources are listed below.  Look on the shelves near these books; there may be similar books nearby with helpful information.

  • Cultural Atlas of India - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:  DS 421 .J6 1996
  • Encyclopedia of China - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: DS 705 .P47 1999
  • Modern Japan - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:  DS 805 .M63 1998
  • Historical Atlas of South-East Asia - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:  G 2361 .S1H5 1995
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: GN 307 .E53 1991
  • Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy & Religion - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: BL 1005 .L4813 1994
  • Modern Japanese Writers - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:  PL 723 .M563 2001
  • A Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs - Middle Level, Reference Shelves:  PL 1273 .R64 2002

Finding Books

Online Catalogs: 

Use library online catalogs to find availability and location of books and other media:

Browse the Shelves: 

Most of the books on Asian Studies are located on the Top Level of the library in the General Collection under the call number DS.  Books of interest may also be found under B [Philosophy], BL [Religion], BP [Islam], BQ [Buddhism], G [Geography], GN [Anthropology], and PL [Asian Languages & Literature].

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other books and articles on your subject.

Interlibrary Loan: 

If we do not own a particular book you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Finding Articles


Online Article Databases: 

Use Social and Behavioral Sciences article databases to find magazine and journal articles by subject or keyword.

Newspaper Databases: 

Use News article databases to find newspaper articles by subject or keyword.

Electronic Journals: 

The library also provides access to many electronic journals in Asian Studies.  All of these allow you to browse the table of contents of journal issues and many allow you to search all available issues by keyword.  Try searching Asia and Asian as words in the title.

Browse Current Periodicals: 

Current issues of magazines and journals in Asian Studies and related fields are found in the DS section of the Current Periodicals Area on the Middle Level of the library.  Bound volumes of older issues are shelved upstairs in the General Collection.

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other books and articles on your subject.

Interlibrary Loan: 

If the article you need is not available in our library, we will obtain a copy of it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Web Resources


A good place to begin is the Stewart Library's list of web resources in Area Studies.  Most of the sites listed will provide links to additional sites, so explore!  Use Internet search engines to find additional information.


Research Tips

As you do your research, keep the following tips in mind:

Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Wade Kotter
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