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Cities of East Asia: Start Here

Books from WorldCat@SU

Exploring background information

Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia and is perfect for background research or helping to formulate your topic. It includes topic pages with mind maps (example: Tokyo) and specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources. Example: Choson (Joseon) Korea from Encyclopedia of Empire.

Where to Find Scholarly Articles

The databases featured in this box are particularly useful for finding scholarly journal articles for this class. Browse our full selection of Databases A-Z.

Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to topic you're interested in- maybe a specific geographical region, time period, or aspect (cultural, philosophical, demographic)- to start your search in the library's catalog, WorldCat@SU. Try different combinations, and be aware of spellings. 
When you find a relevant resource, click 'Description'. Try exploring the subject links to lead to more resources on the topic. Also browse the shelf nearby for related titles: either in person or online using 'Browse the Shelf' feature.
Ask your librarian for other advanced search tips/strategies! Note: for finding Primary Sources, try adding 'source' to your WorldCat search.
Special note: for Chinese, there are two systems of Romanization (translation into our alphabet): Wade-Giles and Pinyin. You may want to search both versions of a name or place to get more/different results. Here is a conversion table for reference and a What's the difference? page from Library of Congress.

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:
Japan Tokyo | Korea (South) Seoul | Cities and towns | Tokyo (Japan) Social conditions | China Beijing | City planning | Urbanization | East Asia | Urban Renewal | China Hong Kong | China Shanghai

Primary Sources

Get It!: Interlibrary loan

If you find a book, article, or other item that isn't in our collection, you can request it through Get It! and our library will borrow it from another library for you. Look for this button in WorldCat or databases to make a request via Get It!:   

Research help

If you need assistance finding resources for your research, you can Request a Research Appointment and a librarian will contact you to schedule an appointment, or email us directly at or

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