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Waidner-Spahr Library

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East Asian Studies: Books

This page will help you find research material for East Asian Studies projects, as well as help finding material in Chinese and Japanese

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Finding Books for East Asian Studies

In the Library Catalog, which you see to the left, you can search for books on any topic, including secondary source works and books that contain primary source material. Books that are owned by other libraries can be found using WorldCat, also to the left. If you need to obtain a book from another library, you can do so quickly using the library's Borrow from Other Libraries option.  Additionally, you may be able to find copies of some texts using Google Books, below left.

Using Advanced Search options in the library catalog and WorldCat, you can search for items in Chinese, Japanese, and other languages.

Because it is a multidisciplinary area of study, East Asian Studies books will not all be shelved in the same place in the library.  Books are categorized by broad topic area, such as history, literature, politics, and science; thus, books regarding Asia may be found in many places throughout the library.  Once you find a book that is useful, it is a good idea to scan the shelves immediately before and after it for related materials.

For help finding books in the library, take 3 minutes with our helpful tutorial, "Finding Books in the Waidner-Spahr Library," included below.

EBook Collections
Michigan Asian Open Access Books Collection
From the University of Michigan.  The collection, which includes humanities, social science, and politic science titles, thematically explores diversity of society, culture, and history in East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Finding Books in the Waidner-Spahr Library

Order of Books on Shelves (LCC)