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Asian Studies Collection


The Asian Studies Collection is housed in two locations in Norlin Library. Reference materials, current periodicals and newspapers are housed in Norlin's second floor in the Asian Studies Reading Room. Monographs and bound periodicals are shelved by call number in Southwest corner of Norlin.


The Collection
The Asian Studies Collection was established in 1989. Our mission is to support the teaching and research needs of the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations (ALC), as well as other East Asian programs on campus, and to make available the East Asian language materials to all users for their teaching, research, and recreation.


The East Asian collections are primarily in Chinese and Japanese languages with an interdisciplinary emphasis on the humanities and social sciences, such as literature, language, and history. The current holdings number about 70,000 volumes of books and 180 journals and newspapers. The library also holds part of the Japanese National Diet Collection of Meiji Era Books on Microfilm and the index to the complete collection in both print and CD formats. Its CD ROM collection features the Si ku quan shu, the collectania of 3,460 works of Chinese classics.

The library is making great efforts to meet the increasing demand for electronic resources from faculty and students in the university community. The subscriptions to China Academic Journals Database (CAJ), China Core Newspaper Database (CCN), and CHinese ANcient Text Database (CHANT) are examples of major acquisitions in electronic resources that highlight the East Asian collections.


The library maintains an online catalog on the web -- Chinook -- that provides searching and displaying capacity in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts.


Bibliographical Instruction & Orientation
East Asian Collection's bibliographical instruction is offered through the first year graduate classes in Chinese research methods. Library orientation is available at the beginning of each fall semester. Additional orientations can be arranged individually with the Asian Studies Librarians.


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photo: East Asia Collection Alcove photo: Student in the Asia Book Stacks photo: Student Duo photo: Student at Computer