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East Asian Studies

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

History of Science, Technology, and Environment in East Asia, UA 270 or HIST- UA 654 or EAST-UA 569 (Prof. Yijun Wang)

This library guide is for use with course #UA 270 or HIST-UA 654 or EAST-UA 569 and is based on the syllabus, "History of Science, Technology, and Environment in East Asia" provided by Prof. Yijun Wang.


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:

Science -- East Asia -- History
Science -- East Asia -- History -- Congresses
Science -- History -- Periodicals
Technology -- History -- Periodicals
Environmental policy -- United States -- Periodicals
Environmental policy -- Asia
Asia -- Environmental conditions -- History
Asia -- Environmental conditions
Scientists -- China -- History
Science and Civilization in China
Science -- China -- History
Technology -- China -- History
Technology -- Social Aspects -- China -- History
Science -- Japan -- History
Technology -- Japan -- History
Medicine -- Japan -- History
Epidemics -- China
Epidemics -- Asia
Science -- Korea -- History
Technology -- Korea
Environment -- Korea 

Library Catalogs

To find out what we have at NYU, search the NYU LIBRARY CATALOG :

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

History of Science Journals

To search for Journal articles, type the title of the journal in the Library Catalog search box and limit material type to journal. (use Advanced Search screen). You can also use EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS) on the arch: and type the information you have - examples: author, title, journal, date.

Isis (Chicago, ILL), online access
History of Science Society. Chicago, Ill. : Published by the University of Chicago Press for the History of Science Society 1913]-

Osiris (Bruges, Belgium), online access
History of Science Society. Bruges, Belgium : Saint Catherine Press 1936-

Technology and Culture.
Society for the History of Technology.
Millwood, N.Y. : Kraus Reprint Co. 1959
online access

Society for the History of Technology.
Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press 1959-
print: multiple locations, including Bobst Main Collection (T1 .T4 ), offsite
1-46:2 (1959-2005)

Environmental History, online access
American Society for Environmental History.Forest HistorySociety. Durham, N.C. : American Society for Environmental History and Forest History Society 1996

History of Science Books

Needham, Joseph. Science and Civilisation in China / 中國科學技術史 series
"Joseph Needham directly supervised the publication of seventeen books in the Science and Civilisation series, from the first volume, which appeared in 1954, through to Volume 6, Part III, which was in press at the time of his death in march 1995. The planning and preparation of further volumes continues." Preliminary page, v. 6 pt. 4.
print available in multiple library locations, including Bobst Main DS721 .N39, some on reserve NYU Bobst Reserve Collection

one volume online: through Ebook Central (requires authentication)
Science and Civilisation in China : Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 6, Medicine.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
The latest volume in Joseph Needham’s magisterial revelation of China’s premodern and technological traditions introduces medicine. Five essays are included by Joseph Needham and Lu Gwei-djen, edited and expanded upon by the editor, Nathan Sivin. Professor Sivin’s introduction discusses the essays and surveys recent scholarship across the world.

The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China : an abridgement of Joseph Needham’s original text / Colin A. Ronan.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1978-
NYU Bobst / Main Collection DS721 .N392

Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, online access
Andrew C Isenberg (Andrew Christian), editor.; OxfordUniversity Press
New York, NY : Oxford University Press

The OxfordHandbook of Economics and Human Biology / edited by John Komlos and Inas R. Kelly. , online access
New York, NY : Oxford University Press 2016

Useful Databases for Finding Journal Articles about Asia and the History of Science


Useful Reference Works

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

Related Library Guides

Science and Technology Studies (NYU Library)

History of Science Research Guide from Smithsonian National Library