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East Asian Studies

This guide provides access to key resources for East Asian Studies at NYU and elsewhere.

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The Libraries is soon moving to a new library catalog system, and a project of this size requires a certain amount of disruption to our normal routines. If you expect that you'll need access to new library materials between November and early January, submit your requests to me as soon as possible. During the disrupted time, we will still be able to order Ebooks for access on their native platforms, but new orders will not display in the catalog until after the migration. Physical materials requested during the disruption will not be processed or made available until mid-January at the earliest. If you anticipate placing course reserves for the spring semester, you can also place these requests using the course reserves request system, though we expect that our systems migration will be complete in time for the spring term.


November 1st: last day to submit selections for rush processing before the Aleph freeze

November 15th: Aleph freezes. No physical orders can be processed, no new ebook orders will display in the catalog

January 4th, 2024: Go live in Alma. Ordering (gradually) resumes


East Asian Studies Librarian

Asia as Method: Japanese Political Thought, HIST-UA 401 (Prof. Linkhoeva)

This library guide is for use with capstone seminar - course #HIST-UA 401   and is based on the syllabus, "Asia as Method: Japanese Political Thought," provided by Dr. Tatiana Linkhoeva

sample search terms:
"Asia," "Japan," "The West," "modernization," "modernity," "postmodern", "imperialism," "The Asia-Pacific War," "Total War," "Cold War," "fukoku kyōhei" (rich nation, strong army / 富國強兵), "bunmei kaika" (civilization and enlightenment / 文明開化), "kyōdōtai" (village community / 共同体), "Marxism," "Meiji Ishin" (Meiji Restoration / 明治維新), "nationalism"

Recommended overviews of Japanese history with library call numbers:
Peter Duus, Modern Japan (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) call number:  Main Collection DS881.9 .D87 1998

Andrew Gordon, A Modern History of Japan: from Tokugawa times to the present (Oxford, 2013)
2020 call number: in process Main Collection DS881.9 .G66 2020
2014 call number: Main Collection DS881.9 .G66 2014
2009 call number: Main Collection DS881.9 .G66 2009
2003 call number: Main Collection DS881.9 .G66 2003

Mikiso Hane, Modern Japan: A Historical Survey (Westview, 1986)
2018 online: Ebook
2013 print call number: Main Collection DS881 .H36 2013
2013 online: Ebook
2009 call number:  Main Collection DS881 .H36 2009
2001 call number:  Main Collection DS881 .H36 2001
1992 call number: TNS Restricted / Internet Resources DS881 / Electronic access
1992 print call number: OFFSITE Main Collection DS881 .H36 1992
1986 call number Main Collection DS881 .H36 1986

Marius Jansen, The Emergence of Modern Japan (Harvard, 2000) Not at NYU
1995 print call number: book on order DS835.E44 1995, please check back

Janet HunterThe Emergence of Modern Japan (Longman, 1989) call number:  Main Collection DS881.9 .H87 1989

Library Catalogs

To find out what we have at NYU, search the library catalog


To find out what is available elsewhere (and then you can request through Interlibrary Loan or EZBorrow), search these


Books with Excellent Bibliographies

Useful Databases for Finding Journal Articles about Asia and Japan

Japanese Newspapers (with English access) at NYU

Japanese Digital Collections

National Diet Library of Japan Digital Collections

Finding Images, guide created by the North American Coordinating Council of Japanese Library Resources (NCC)

Citing Sources

How to cite your sources

Organizing your sources and creating bibliographies
Using Refworks, Endnote, Zotero, or Mendeley…
Getting Started with Refworks:

Quick Guide on Citation Style for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Sources (Yale University Library)

For more assistance with citation management tools, contact librarian Margaret Smith, Physical Sciences Librarian: email