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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

Japan's Empire in Asia, 1895-1945, HIST-UA 569 (Prof. Linkhoeva)

This library guide is for use with course #HIST-UA 569  and is based on the syllabus, "Japan's Empire in Asia, 1895-1945" provided by Dr. Tatiana Linkhoeva

sample search terms:
imperialism, colonialism, "colonial modernity," colonial identities, colony-metropole, "regional migration," "Pan-Asianism," empire, "total war," "Asia-Pacific War," "Pacific War," "World War II," "Sino-Japanese War," and many others.

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


Cambridge Histories Online:
For Japan: Vol. 6 The Twentieth Century:

Hunter, Janet. Concise Dictionary of Modern Japanese History. Berkeley: University of California Press 1984.
This is a concise, reliable guide to the people, places, events, and ideas of significance from the Meiji Restoration to the present.
call number: NYU Bobst 1st Floor Reference (DS881.9 .H86 1984 Non-circulating )

WWWJDIC: Japanese-English language online dictionary, created by Jim Breen

Useful Databases for Finding Journal Articles about Japan

Japanese Articles via Databases--In Japanese

Online History - Primary Resources

Japanese Newspapers (with English access) at NYU

Japanese Newspapers (in Japanese) at NYU

Digital and Image 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

Not at Bobst Library?

Need a resource that we don't appear to have, request the material via Interlibrary Loan or EZBorrow. Or, if you are in NYC and are an NYU doctoral student or full-time faculty member, try MaRLI, the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. MaRLI enables cardholders from NYU, Columbia, and NY Public Library to borrow materials from all three institutions. Registration is required.