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East Asian Studies: Articles on Your Topic

Resources for studying East Asian languages, cultures and histories.

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Discover (almost) everything that the library has on your topic!

Search for Articles on Your Topic in These Databases

Below is a selection of online resources that include a vast number of articles on topics in East Asian Studies, including language, history and culture. The resources on this page include articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.

Search Google Scholar

Looking for more articles?  Search Google Scholar for additional information on your topic.

Developing Search Terms

The first step in picking a topic is to brainstorm by asking yourself a few questions.  What do you already know about this topic from your course readings?  Are there similar ideas that you might want to explore?  What are the key concepts that you're interested in pursuing?

Once you've spent a bit of time answering these questions, you can take the concepts you've identified and use the keywords and phrases to start searching for information.  Keep in mind that you'll need to build a base of knowledge before you can write effectively.

Database Search Strategies

Databases respond best to keyword searching.  To search efficiently, turn your research question into a keyword search:

Research Question:  How are female characters portrayed in Dream of the Red Chamber?

Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
Dream of the Red Chamber and female and characters

Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
Dream of the Red Chamber and female* and character*

Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
(female* or women or girl*) and Dream of the Red Chamber

Truncate keywords where applicable.  Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term.  Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term.  Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.





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Finding Full Text

How to find the Full Text of articles

Search results list:


In detailed record (once you click on the article title in the search results list):


If you click a green Find Full-Text button, one of three things can happen. 

1) It will link to the article and you're all set!

2) It will link to a website, and you will need to search for the article there

3) Simmons doesn't have access, so you'll see the second screenshot with an option to search via Google Scholar, or request from another library (Interlibrary Loan)