Library Research Guide
When embarking on a brandnew research topic, it is often helpful to begin your research by reading a basic overview of the subject. Encyclopedias provide such basic overviews; they help you familiarize yourself with relevant vocabulary, and often provide helpful suggestions for further reading as well.
- Encyclopedia of modern Asia. (6 vols.) Location: East Asian Ref. DS4 .L48 2002
- Brill's encyclopedia of China. Location: East Asian Ref. DS755 .B86 2009
- Berkshire encyclopedia of China. Location: East Asian Ref. DS735 .A2 B47 2009
- Kodansha encyclopedia of Japan. (9 vols. with Suppl.) Location: East Asian Ref.: DS805 .K633 1983
- Japan: an illustrated encyclopedia. (2 vols.) Location: East Asian Ref.: DS805 .J263 1993
- Encyclopedia of Japan (Based on the 2 vol. encyclopedia above). Available via the Japan Knowledge Plus database (click Enter, then locate the Encyclopedia in the right-hand sidebar).
- An encyclopedia of Korean culture. Location: East Asian Ref. DS904 .H2525 2004g
- Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol empire. Location: East Asian Ref. DS798.4 .A88 2004
- Encyclopaedia of Tibet. Location: East Asian Ref. DS785 .E53 1996g
- Encyclopaedia Britannica. A general encyclopedia, with many listings on Asia-related subjects.
- Wikipedia. Use with caution. Not all entries are reliable.
- Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) The single most important bibliographic database for all Asian Studies. This is a citation service only, and does not contain full-text. To find the full text use the citation information to locate the source publications in a library catalog such as CLIO. BAS covers the years 1970-present. For earlier coverage in print format only, see:
- Cumulative bibliography of Asian Studies: Author bibliography. Coverage:1941/1965-1966/1970 Location: East Asian Ref. Z3001 .C93
- Cumulative bibliography of Asian Studies: Subject bibliography. Coverage:1941/1965-1966/1970 Location: East Asian Ref. Z3001 .C94
- Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) Full-text archive of hundreds of journals in a broad range of subjects.
- International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ) Extensive, multilingual indexing of humanities and social sciences.
- Web of Knowledge (aka Web of Science) Indexing covering the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
- Proquest Fulltext articles from several thousand magazines, journals, newspapers, etc. covering many subjects.
- EBSCOhost Research Databases Interface for searching across all subscription EBSCO databases.
- Ingenta.com: The Global Research Gateway Full-text journal content online, including many important East Asian studies titles. This database also offers a current awareness alerting service. Note that in order to use the subsidized article delivery service you must set up a profile.
For a more subject-specific approach, try Key Resources for East Asian Studies
The following two collections include many journals relevant to East Asian Studies:
- JSTOR Provides full-text content from core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, including many East Asian studies titles. Coverage is from the earliest issues of a journal to within approximately 5 years of current pubication.
- Project Muse Full-text content of a large selection of scholarly journals, many relevant to East Asian studies, with particularly strong coverage of articles and reviews published after 2000.