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East Asian Art

Research aid for students in Dr. Miller's courses at Southwestern University

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This is a library research aid for students enrolled in Asian Art courses at SU. In it you will find suggestions for locating books, articles, databases and other online resources relevant to the study of art and architecture of China, Korea, and Japan. 

Librarians are happy to help you!

- Request a specific Research Appointment

- Email, call, or stop by our offices next to the Research Commons

- Ask at the Info Desk

- Consult the Info Guide pages

Reference Sources

Why use reference sources?

Reference works like encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and other collections of information are useful for quickly identifying key facts or researching background information about a particular event or person. Background reading in reference sources can help you:

  • understand historical or social context
  • gather statistics and other supporting data
  • brainstorm ways to narrow or broaden your research topic
  • identify additional sources of information

Reference works can be printed or in digital form. Our library's print Reference Collection is on the first floor. Print and digital reference works can be located by searching the Worldcat@SU online catalog or by browsing the library's website.

Good digital reference sources:

Locating Materials in the Library

Worldcat@SU is the library's online catalog.  Search it to identify the books, e-books, DVD's, CD's, and more in our library's collection. The library uses the Dewey Decimal System to assign a unique call number to every physical item in the building. Each item has a location as well, such as Reference, Reserve, etc.

When you have identified an item that you want to locate, note the entire call number as well as the location. If you search Worldcat@SU on a mobile device, you will have the call number and location with you as you go into the stacks.

The library's collection spans all three floors of the building, with the Main (circulating) collection split among the three floors by call number:
000-199 First Floor
200-759.3 Second Floor
759.4-999 Third Floor

For assistance finding items in other locations, just ask at the library's InfoDesk. Check Library hours here.