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This guide provides access to key resources for East Asian Studies.
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East Asian Studies Materials at Bobst Library

Books, reference books, and non-current periodicals written in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages are located in the 10th Floor North Reading Room of Bobst Library. Books, reference books, and bound journals about East Asia written in Western languages are located on floors 1-9. Current issues of print periodicals are in the Current Periodicals room on the 3rd floor.

Online Resources--In English

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    To find articles in Western languages on East Asian topics, go to the Bibliography of Asian Studies. This database provides citations to journal articles, book chapters, and other types of publications published from 1971 to the present.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    NYU subscribes to the complete Cambridge Histories Online, which includes both the Cambridge History of China and the Cambridge History of Japan.
  • JapanKnowledge (contains the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan)
    This comprehensive reference work contains more than 10,000 articles in English on a wide range of Japanese topics. Access is through the JapanKnowledge interface (if you don't read Japanese, see the instructions below).
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
    This work contains more than 2,600 articles on a wide range of topics related to modern Asia, defined as extending from Japan in the east to Turkey in the west, and from Kazakhstan in the north to Indonesia in the south.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)
    This database covers world history from 1450 to the present. The publications it indexes date from 1955 onward.
  • Links to Free Materials (FOREASt)
    Tao Yang, the East Asian Studies Librarian at Rutgers University, has created an incredibly comprehensive guide to free online research materials on China, Japan, and Korea. Be sure to browse this unparalleled compilation!

Primary Sources on China--In English

If you're seeking primary source material on China in English, take a look at China: Culture and Society, a digitized version of the pamphlets held in the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia housed in the Carl A. Kroch Library of Cornell University. Mostly in English and published between c. 1750 and 1929, these rare pamphlets form part of one of the deepest and most extensive collections of literature on China and the Chinese in the Western world and constitute a rich resource for scholars and teachers in numerous disciplines. China: Trade, Politics and Culture: 1793-1980 also contains many English-language sources relating to China and the West, as does Archives Unbound.

Foreign Office Files for China makes available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. 

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Dawn Lawson, East Asian Studies Librarian
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I can be reached at the e-mail address above and by phone at (212) 998-2437. My office is just up the stairs near the reference desk at the back of the lobby in Bobst. Go through the door at the top of the stairs; mine is the first office on the right.
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