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.
Unless otherwise stated, the books shown below are located in the Reference section on the 2nd floor of the library.
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:
To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
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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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