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Writing Papers—What Library Resources Do You Need?
These are good tools to begin with if you are trying to find an idea, concept, or background information for your topic. There are two types of Encyclopedias. A general encyclopedia provides concise overview on a topic. A subject encyclopedia provides in-depth information focusing on one field of study.
East Asian Languages Reference: PL1420 C6 1999
East Asian Languages Reference: AE17 C48
East Asian Languages Reference: AE35.2 D3
East Asian Languages Reference: JQ1519 A5 Z565 2001
Please also consult these "Print Resources" pages:
These tools point to citations of articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers that may have articles on your topic. If you are writing a research paper, periodical indexes are one of the best sources to use. You may use online periodical indexes from any Internet connected computer if the library has subscribed to the particular index you wish to use and in some cases if you are a valid university student, faculty, or staff member.
= Index to Contents of Chinese Academic Journals
East Asian Languages Reference: AI19 C5 C577
East Asian Languages: AC21 C47 Y8
- Periodicals Content Index (http://pcift.chadwyck.com)
Books cover any topic, fact or fiction. You will need book information on one topic to support a particular argument. You can use books to find historical information, to put your topic in context with other important issues, or to find summaries of research to support an argument.
Please also consult How the Library Resources Are Organized (http://organizing.php) for information on The Library of Congress Classification System—Subject Outline (http://organizing.php#congress).
Periodicals (including magazines, journals, and newspapers) are published at regular intervals throughout the year. Magazine articles often are written by journalists or scholars and are geared toward the average adult. Scholars in an academic or professional field usually write journal articles. You will need journal articles more than magazine articles if you are doing academic or scholarly research.
You may use online periodical from any Internet connected computer if the library has subscribed to the particular periodicals you wish to use and you are a valid University student, faculty, or staff members.
Please consult East Asian Languages Collection web pages for:
Newspapers are a great resource for local or current information. You can often find these articles from the library's current periodical shelves or from the publisher's own web site or from library subscribed databases.
So far, most information on the Web has not gone through a review process and the information is not organized, not comprehensive, not permanent, and may not be free either. Thus, you should begin with library resources which are reliable resources you can use. Then move to the Web if you need more information or other points of view.
For western languages resources on Internet, please consult these web pages:
- Bibliography of Asian Studies (http://uclibs.org/PID/271)
- General Databases in the Humanities & Social Sciences (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/?heading=35)
For East Asian Languages resources, please consult this page in the Library:
- Subject Guides: East Asia Languages & Literatures (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/index.php?heading=4)
You will need to consult writing manuals to help you to complete your paper.
The Chicago Manual of Style
Humanities/Social Science Reference: Z253 C57 1993
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing
Humanities/Social Science Reference: PN147 G444 1998
- Also help at The Chicago Manual Of Style Online (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org).
Specific Subject Search:
There are many Librarian Subject Specialists to help your research needs. Please consult the Librarian Subject Specialists Directory.