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Asian History


Scholarly Research

This is a brief guide to the material available to Boston College faculty and students on subjects in Asian in history (understood including central, south, east, and south-east Asia).

Resources for Studying Asian History

This is a short guide to approaching research in Asian history (broadly defined). See below for some suggestions for scholarly, secondary material.

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    Reference Shelf

    Reference Shelf: Bibliographies

    Recommended Entries

    Reference Shelf: Biography

    Reference Shelf: Handbooks and Companions

    Finding Books at Boston College

    Your local libraries have excellent monographs and anthologies located in O'Neill library as well as through the BC libraries portal. Try searching for books (only books) through the WorldCat library system to see if we have what you need. If we don't, you can order material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

    WorldCat Catalog

    Books Only   All Formats  

    To find books in Asian History (defined broadly), you can either search in the catalog for print and electronic material, or you can head straight up to the stacks in O'Neill to browse. For example, most books on Asian history call under the "DS" set (on the fifth floor).

    Within that set, you might be interested in:

    • ​DS1-937 History of Asia
    • DS401-(486.8) India
    • DS701-799.9 China 
    • DS801-897 Japan
    • DS901-937 Korea
    • HQs A significant portion of histories involving women. LOC has a long, problematic legacy for classification. 

    Journal and e-Book Database Recommendations

    Journals from Asia

    Additional Journal and e-Book Databases

    Recommended Journals

    National Libraries, Archives, and Museums

    History Librarian

    Brittany Lehman, Ph.D.'s picture
    Brittany Lehman, Ph.D.
    Office: O'Neill Library 414A

    Office hours for Spring 2020: (starting Jan. 13):
    M 1-2.30
    Th 11-12.15
    in Stokes S 394 (the Fish Bowl)
    Schedule an Appointment
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    Asian Studies Librarian