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East Asian Studies: Reference Works

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

About Reference Works

Reference works such as encyclopedias and dictionaries provide basic overview articles on various branches of knowledge. They are excellent places to begin research on your topic. Although citing reference works is not considered scholarly practice, they can provide general knowledge about your topic, help you develop a thesis, supply you with important keywords for searching, and  provide you with citations to important primary and secondary works on the topic.

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Online Reference Material

The library also has a number of online reference works that are relevant to East Asian Studies. Some are listed below.