This library guide is for use with course #EAGC-UF 101 and is based on the syllabus, "East Asian Cultures - East-West Encounters," provided by Dr. Yurika Tamura
Search with both keywords and subject headings to find your research materials.
Keyword searches can be used to find items that are associated with your topic. A search for a keyword or keyword phrase will result in items that may contain the keyword in the record, but not necessarily about the topic you want.
If you don't know a standard subject heading that fits what you are looking for, starting with a keyword search can help you locate the relevant subject headings in the record. If you have incomplete title or author information about a specific item, using a keyword can help you find it.
When searching a web search engine like Google, for example, you are using a keyword search and your results will be the records that have that keyword somewhere in it.
Subject Heading searches
Subject headings are used to describe the content or topic of an item in a catalog or database. At NYU, we use Library of Congress (LC) authorized subject headings to describe content. Here are some sample subject headings for this class:
Asia -- In literature
Asians in literature
Asians in motion pictures
Asians in mass media
Civilization, Modern -- Japanese influences
Comic books, strips, etc -- Japan
ETHNICITY -- China
Gender identity -- East Asia
Gender identity -- China
HISTORY -- Asia -- China
HISTORY -- Asia -- Japan
HISTORY -- Asia -- Korea
Korea (South) -- Fiction
Japan -- Economic conditions -- 1989-
Japan -- Social conditions -- 21st century
You can search by:
Please check with our Data Services Department. It is located on the 5th Floor, Research Commons, Bobst Library. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Try Access World News and limit to China, Japan, or Korea.
Search the catalog, Bobcat, and limit material to Video. (You can also limit language to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean if you want videos in those languages). All are at the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media.
You can also search the databases:
What are reference materials?
Reference materials are sources that provide background information or quick facts on any given topic. There are many different types.
These include almanacs, bibliographies, biographical resources, dictionaries, encyclopedias (both general and by subject), handbooks, indexes, statistics, and citation guides.
ARTstor is a repository of images of art, architecture, and design. The images are sourced from museums, libraries, archives, and photographers. ARTstor includes a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching. ARTstor is supplemented by additional content, including publicly available image collections and locally-produced NYU collections.
China Art Digital Library (access through China Research Gateway)
The China Art Digital Library database is a collection of precious art pictures from the past five thousand years to the present, which comprehensively shows the development and achievements of various arts in various periods and categories in China.
Historical Photographs of China is an online collection of digitized images of pictures taken between 1870 and 1950. Its 6,000-plus images can be searched by keyword, date, and so on. The collection's designers are continuing to expand it and are seeking feedback from users.
National Diet Library of Japan Digital Collections
Finding Images, guide created by the North American Coordinating Council of Japanese Library Resources (NCC)
Kim, Kyung Hyun and Youngmin Choe, editors. Korean Popular Culture Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Examples of Primary Sources (English language)