This library guide is for use with course #EAGC-UF 101 and is based on the syllabus, "East Asian Cultures: Change and Continuity in East Asia," provided by Dr. J. Chandler
When writing a research paper:
Come up with a research question that you hope to address or answer. Your research question may actually be multiple questions.
With your research question, perform a literature review to see what scholarly sources (peer reviewed) have already been published on the subject
For example, try searching by subject heading in Bobcat
try using EBSCO Discovery Services or Worldcat to see what has been published already
try searching journal databases with scholarly publications to give you secondary sources
- some journal databases: Bibliography of Asian Studies, JSTOR, MLA International Bibliography, GenderWatch, Project Muse
if you want to search in CJK languages try CAJ/中国学术期刊全文数据库, KISS/한국 의 핵심 지식 정보 자원, Zassaku Plus/ 雑誌記事索引データベース,ざっさくプラス
To look at an existing bibliography on the subject, try Oxford Bibliographies database.
You can also search Dissertations and Theses Global database to see what others have written on the subject (but may not be published).
Try some of our databases that have primary source collections like
China: Trade, Politics and Culture: 1793-1980
China: American and the Pacific
Foreign Office Files for China
Foreign Office Files for Japan (see below for more)
Go back and forth from your original question to other ideas by using relevant secondary sources. Refine your question, and revise it!
(derived from Vogt, Gabriele. "How to Ask: Research Questions." In Studying Japan: Handbook of Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods, edited by Nora Kottmann, and Cornelia Reiher, 53-67. Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2020).
Searching the Library Catalog - Bobcat
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.
Tea Japan History
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. (to see what call number ranges indicate which subject areas, try browsing LC call number classification for History of Asia).
Japanese tea ceremony -- History
Tea -- Japan -- History
Tea -- China -- History
Tea -- Korea -- History
Shamanism -- Korea
Buddhism -- China
Buddhism -- China -- History
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. (Artstor will merge with JSTOR on August 1, 2024. As of that date, Artstor will be retired as a standalone platform and JSTOR will serve as a search platform for the images that were once hosted on Artstor along with the usual JSTOR content. You can see what the image search on JSTOR (which is already live) looks like here.)
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)