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HIST 4399: East Asian History / HIST 4378: Modern China and Japan

Get started researching topics in the history of East Asia, with an emphasis on modern China and Japan.


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Kristina Claunch
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This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for researching topics in East Asian History, especially China and Japan.

To the extent possible, this guide attempts to focus on material in English (including translated primary-source documents). If you find a source listed here that is of very little use to English-speaking users, please report that information to the History Librarian.


This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

Where are These Books?

Unless otherwise stated, the books shown below are located in the Reference section on the 2nd floor of the library.

CHINA: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

JAPAN: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Discover More: Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover resources is to browse for books on the shelf in topical areas.

Books on East Asian history can be found on the 4th floor of the libray in the following areas:

  • DS701 - DS799.9 - China
    • DS733 - DS779.32 - China, History 
    • DS781 - DS796 - China, Local history and description
    • DS798 - Outer Mongolia. Mongolian People's Republic
    • DS798.92 - DS799.9 - Taiwan
  • DS801 - DS897 - Japan
    • DS833 - DS891.5 - Japan, History
    • DS894.215 - DS897 - Japan, Local history and description
  • DS901 - DS937 - Korea
    • DS904.8 - DS922.4642 - Korea, History
    • DS918 - DS921.8 - Korea, History, War and Intervention, 1950-1953
    • DS924 - DS925 - Korea, Local history and description
    • DS930 - DS937 - Korea, Democractic People's Republic, 1948-

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Search the Library Catalog

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Video Refresher: Intro to Searching the Catalog

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Search with Subject Headings for Precise Results

Subject headings allow you to find books according to precisely defined topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject" to browse a list of subjects.

You can start browsing for a broad subject like China, then look for more specific subjects, such as China History 20th century Communism.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also type them in as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.


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