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Library Resources for HY 103

These sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

Locating Books

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries Catalog
Contains records for books, e-books, journals, CD-ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles (see Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles below).
Worldcat (FirstSearch)
An index to books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author, or title. No full text.
Worldcat (
Web version allows you to discover distance to libraries with item you want.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but the best search results are from the e-book website.
All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can also be searched with keyword or subject searches from the NetLibrary site. Must register and establish user name and password to check out book for four hours.
Google Book Search
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text.

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Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat Catalog or databases. Search techniques may vary with each database so look at help screens for suggestions on using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the "and" if you do a keyword search on SOUTHcat since SOUTHcat automatically includes "and" between words if the phrase is not in quotations. Put phrases in quotation marks to keep the words together. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.

Keyword Searches
chin? history
asia? history
asia? education
"ming dynasty"
asia? biograph?
japan heian
"ching dynasty"
japan "foreign relations"
"neo confucian?"
japan kamakura
korea "politics and government"
korea "education economics"

Subject Searches
asia history
south asia
china history
china civilization
china social conditions
china social conditions
japan history
east asia social life and customs
china history tang dynasty

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Selected Reference and Biographical Sources in the USA Library

RoutledgeCourzon Encyclopedia of Confucianism
Reference BL 1840 .R68 2003 2 vols.
Atlas of Japan
Reference/Atlas G 2355 .K65 1974
Dictionary of Ming Biography 1368-1644.
Reference DS 735.5 .A84 1976
Chinese Biographical Dictionary
Reference DS 734 .G47 1975
Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture
Reference DS 33 .C63 2000
Cambridge Encyclopedia of China
Reference DS 705 .C35
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan
Reference DS 805 .C36 1993
Cambridge Illustrated History of China
Reference DS 706 .E37 1999
Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives
Reference DS 334 .C36 1989
Chambers Biographical Dictionary
Reference CT 103 .C4 1984
Chinese Biographical Dictionary
Reference DS 734. G47 1975
Encyclopedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations
Reference DS 12 .H5 2004
Encyclopedia of Asian History
Reference DS 31 .E53 1988 4 vols.
Encyclopedia of China
Reference DS 705 .P47 1999
Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion
Reference BL 1005 .L4813 1994
Encyclopedia of Japan
Reference DS 805 .P47 1991
Encyclopedia of Prehistory
Reference GN 710.E53 2001
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Reference CT 103 E56 1998
Encyclopedia of World Cultures: East and Southeast Asia
Reference GN 307 .E53 1991 v.5
Encyclopedia of World Cultures: South Asia
Reference GN 307 .E53 v.3
Great Thinkers of the Eastern World
Reference B 5005 .G74 1995
Historical Atlas of South Asia
Reference G 2261 .S1 H5 1978
Historical Records of the Five Dynasties
Bookstacks DS 749.5 .O9313 2004
International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1988
Ref. HA 4675 .M55 1995
Japan Encyclopedia
Reference DS 805 .D355 1995
Maps on File
Reference G 1046 .A1 M16 2003 2 vols.
State of China Atlas
Reference G 2305 .B46
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations
Reference G 63 .W67 2001

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Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles

Most of the indexes below are located under Articles, Indexes, and Databases on the University Library homepage. Some indexes will also have links to full-text of the articles. Dates of full-text coverage may vary with different databases. One way to check availability is to use Our Journal List on the University Library homepage.

A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
Project Muse
A collection of full-text journals which provides current coverage of journals, including many of the titles in JSTOR.
Periodicals Archive Online
Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac)
Some full text articles and book reviews.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Some full text articles. Includes book reviews.
Bibliography of Asian Studies (available until the end of December 2009)
A citation index which includes books, chapters, and articles. No full text.
Sage Journals Online
Most articles are full text.
Oxford Journals Online
Most articles are full text.
LexisNexis Academic
An index to news and legal publications.
ProQuest Newspapers
An index to over 500 newspapers, with 350 available in full text. Coverage for some titles goes back to the 1980s.
Google Scholar
Google's academic database. Set preferences to University of South Alabama to show links to our material.
A way to search multiple indexes at once. May search all available or select from the list. Not all USA Libraries indexes and databases are included in this cross-search package.

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Our Journal List

This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go to Our Journal List to see if the Libraries have a subscription to the particular volume, issue, and year of the journal you need. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availablity of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest six months or year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for six months or a year from their publication date.)

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Selected Internet Resources

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Library Resource Guides


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Style Manuals

Bedford/St. Martin Documentation
Turabian Citation Guide
Chicago Manual of Style
Ready Reference Z 253 .U69
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