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Journeys in Ming China: Start Here

Library resources for research; History 324

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 (examples: History of China and Taoism) and specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources  Ming Dynasty from Encyclopedia of the Medieval World (600 - 1450).

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. Two systems of Romanization exist for Chinese: here is a Pinyin vs Wade Giles chart that may help. 
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.

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:
East Asia History | East Asia Civilization | China Court and courtiers | History & Archaeology | China History | Chinese literature | China Politics and government | China social life and customs | Asia History | China History Ming dynasty, 1368-1644

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 me directly at

Subject Guide

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